The charming town of Magnolia Springs is located only a short drive north of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. If you're looking for something to do in addition to going to the beach, it's a peaceful excursion the entire family can enjoy. As you drive through town, you'll be flanked by giant oak trees lining the streets, and the scent of the fragrant magnolia flowers fills the air. Be sure to keep your windows rolled down so you can get a whiff!

A history of Magnolia Springs

Explore the town of Magnolia SpringsMagnolia Springs is known for its fresh water sources that were declared by Chicago chemists as the purest in the world at the turn of the 20th century. Since then, the town has served as a pleasant place for sightseeing any time of the year.

Flora to write home about

While magnolia flowers are the center of attention in the town, particularly when they're in full bloom during the spring, Magnolia Springs also has a wider variety of lovely plant life throughout the year, including the ethereal camellias, azaleas, wisterias and dogwood flowers. The crisp and refreshing spring water that bubbles from natural sources results in spectacular blossoms, which you'll undoubtedly want to take photos of and send home to all of your loved ones.

Activities for the family

Did you know that the Magnolia River is the only remaining river mail delivery route in the country? Imagine getting your mail from the hands of a skipper! Boathouses dot the shores of the tranquil and soothing waterway, and while this route is no longer used for commerce, it is still the best way for mail couriers to get around town. If you're planning on visiting Magnolia Springs while vacationing on the island, be sure to check and see when the mail boat will be making its way down the river.

Make a quick stop at the local grocery store for some picnic items and spend some time relaxing at the park for a truly charming afternoon. Later, enjoy snacks at The Cold Hole or a fabulous meal at the highly regarded Jesse's Restaurant. You'll quickly understand why this little town is big on charm.