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Gulf Shores nominated as one of America's Coolest Small Towns

For the millions of people who have visited Gulf Shores, Alabama, it's not hard to believe it was recently nominated as one of Budget Travel magazine's "Coolest Small Towns in America." Up against other small towns from across the country, Gulf Shores stands out for its stunning beaches and world-class seafood.

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Gulf Shores Area Things To Do

Amusements, history, nature, golf, fishing, picnics, watersports, shelling, bird watching, concerts, dining, dancing, shopping in a relaxed coastal setting await your visit.

Family Fun

After a full day of searching for shells along the shore or taking a dip in the warm Gulf waters, an evening out for the family can be as adventurous as you wish. Challenge each other to a go-cart race or mini-golf championship. Play a round of laser tag or win a prize at an arcade. Whatever you choose you are sure to create lasting memories.

Live Music

A wide variety of venues feature local and regional talented musicians to entertain you during your coastal retreat. Whether you choose one of the multiple bars at Flora-Bama which is one of last remaining roadhouses in the U.S. or a family-friendly venue such as The Hangout on the gulf or LuLu's at Homeport Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway, you are sure to find amazing music. You can even catch a concert at the 10,000-seat Amphitheater at The Wharf, featuring national acts playing country, rock, soul, blues, southern rock and more.

Water, Water Everywhere

Is deep-sea fishing on your agenda? Orange Beach has the largest deep-sea fishing fleet on the gulf and additionally offers in-shore fishing excursions. Or perhaps you dream of flying high over the water in a parasail? Back on the water's surface, you can take a dolphin cruise or a romantic sunset cruise on the back waters. Your choices are abundant.

Shop 'Til You Drop

Not only does the area boast a 120-store experience at Tanger Outlets but there are also unique boutiques and specialty shops at SanRoc Cay, Pelican Place and The Wharf as well as individual locations. If antiques are your passion, there are lots of stores in Foley and the beach communities carrying that special item you have been searching for.

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