bing pixel
There are many fun experiences waiting for travelers at the Gulf Coast Adventure Center.

The Gulf Coast Adventure Center has a wide array of activities and experiences that can please any type of traveler in Gulf Shores. Whether you want to work up a sweat going kayaking or learn more about the environment along the Gulf, this is the place to be. Special thanks to Hummingbird Ziplines for the photo!

Get wild at the Gulf Coast Adventure Center

There is no shortage of fun activities in Gulf Shores, but many of the best can be found in one convenient spot. The Gulf Coast Adventure Center, which is found in Gulf State Park between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, is one of these can't-miss locales. 

About the Gulf Coast Adventure Center

There are many fun experiences waiting for travelers at the Gulf Coast Adventure Center.Spread out across 14 acres of land, the Gulf Coast Adventure Center boasts a wondrous array of activities that all travelers will be able to enjoy. From quiet walks to thrilling water sports, there is no lack of things to do at the facility, and guests of all ages can get in on the fun when they make the trip to Gulf Shores. 

While the zip lining course from Hummingbird Ziplines is a large part of the center, it is certainly not the only thing visitors can enjoy when they stop by. In fact, there are a number of great activities and opportunities within the facility that can satisfy any type of traveler. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline-pumping outing or a quieter pastime, the Gulf Coast Adventure Center has something for you. 

Get active

One of the coolest things to do at the Adventure Center is to get your heart rate pumping with some fun physical excursions. Paddle boarding and kayaking are two of the most popular, and with rental equipment available and plenty of open space waiting to be explored, the Adventure Center is the ideal setting. 

Paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and for good reason. It acts as a great workout while also allowing you to cross over the calm waters found in Gulf Shores. Once you get the balance down, you can stand at your full height and take in the full view of Lake Shelby, Gulf State Park and the surrounding areas. 

Kayaking also lets you explore quieter parts of Gulf Shores. This boating experience is easy enough for any first-timer to learn quickly, but it also provides an opportunity to survey more remote areas on the water. Instructors are available to teach you the basics of kayaking, giving you the confidence you need to have a great experience. 

Visitors planning on kayaking or paddle boarding should be aware of the rental rates for the equipment required for these excursions. Paddle boarding gear is available at rates of $21 for one hour, $44 for four hours and $66 for eight hours. Single kayaks can be rented for $10 for one hour, $30 for four hours and $45 for eight hours, while double kayaks are available at $18 for one hour, $42 for four hours and $62 for eight hours. All rates are subject to tax. 

The educational side

In addition to the many ways visitors can get active during a visit to the Adventure Center, there are several opportunities for educational experiences. Simply walking or hiking through the area can expose you to many native creatures, from marine life to coastal birds, as well as the flora of the coast. 

The Gulf Coast Adventure Center is also going above and beyond to provide information for visitors. It is planning to introduce Eco Tours and Educational Tours in the near future. The Eco Tours will focus on the plants and animals found within the park, and expert guides will be on hand to take guests into nature to see just how all of these living things work together along the Gulf Coast. Similarly, the Educational Tours will provide an inside look at how the ecosystem of the area plays a role in the history and culture of Gulf Shores. Travelers who want to learn more about their vacation destination will find these treks to be can't-miss events. 

Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park is a top-notch destination in its own right, and many travelers who plan stays at Gulf Shores rentals make it a point to visit this protected space. Nestled right on Lake Shelby, the park offers a spectacular look at the surrounding areas as well as an excellent environment for fun and exploration. If you'd prefer a slower pace, consider bringing a picnic and dining in the gorgeous settings found in the park. Sitting back, relaxing and soaking up the beautiful views is a great way to appreciate the natural beauty of Gulf Shores. 

The Gulf Coast Adventure Center, located at 21101 State Hwy 135, is open seven days a week. 

search houses search condos

Related Articles

Waterville in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Fun Things To Do In Gulf Shores

When you vacation on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Perdido Key, Florida, there are lots of attractions to keep the entire entertained for the whole trip.

gulf state park gulf shores

Explore The Beach & Other Natural Wonders Of Gulf State Park

Beaches, a lake, a fishing pier, a golf course interwoven into the natural landscape are a few of the things you'll find at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Gulf State Park is one spot you can't miss when you're visiting Gulf Shores.

Gulf State Park is a treasure trove of activities

Vacationers love to visit Gulf State Park, which boasts more than 6,000 acres of diverse, gorgeous environments. Whether your family and friends are drawn to relaxing activities or prefer to be a bit more adventurous, you can find the perfect pastime at this park.

Alligators swim in the park's creeks and canals.

Take the kids on a nature walk through Gulf State Park

Kids are sure to love a trek through nature to explore some of their favorite animals. Alligators, turtles, lizards and frogs dwell in Gulf State Park, where visitors can see them from a number of trails.

The green heron is one of many birds visitors to Gulf State Park will see.

Birds of the backcountry: Species to spot in Gulf State Park

The Gulf Shores area offers many opportunities for bird watching. One of the best places to see the region's magnificent birds is at Gulf State Park. Hike or walk along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trails, and you're likely to spot these three species.

Catch a fish you can brag about at the Gulf State Park Pier.

Reel in a winner at Gulf State Park Pier

Fishing is more than an activity in Gulf Shores, it's a way of life. Head home with a winning catch from the Gulf State Park Pier.

How many reptiles can you spy when you take a walk in Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.

Visit the reptiles at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Just because you're looking to get away from it all in Fort Morgan doesn't mean you won't want to entertain the kids! Take them on a reptile "hunt" through Bon Secour and look for these species. Bring a camera to record the turtles, lizards, snakes and more that live in this natural area.

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is a fabulous stop for nature lovers right near Fort Morgan rent

Explore Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge near Fort Morgan

The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is a perfect addition to any afternoon spent in Fort Morgan rentals. Whether you're interested in seeing native plant and animal species or spotting one of the 400 migratory birds that pass through the region each year, this serene wildlife sanctuary is the ideal spot.

You can zip line across Gulf State Park for one of the best views in town.

Fly across Gulf State Park on a zipline

Looking for a particularly adventurous way to see Gulf Shores? Right near Gulf Shores rentals is the Hummingbird Zipline tour. Strapped onto these cables, you can soar across Gulf State Park and enjoy some of the best views in the area.

Explore 3 popular activities in Gulf State Park

Explore 3 popular activities in Gulf State Park

The Gulf State Park is a must-see for almost anyone staying at a Gulf Shores area vacation home rental, but with all the possibilities, it can be hard to decide which spots to check out first. Start with these three for a full park experience that is a little off the beaten path.

Newest Articles

Enjoy Beer, Food & Football At The 2018 Festival Of Flavor

Hit the quaint streets of downtown Foley, near Gulf Shores, for the 2018 Festival of Flavor for food, wine, beer and SEC football.

August 14, 2018 - Attractions

Food, Music & Fun Take Center Stage At 2018 BBQ And Blues Cook-Off

Just north of Gulf Shores beaches, the BBQ & Blues Cook-Off will be held March 18, 2018, at Foley's Heritage Park. Support schools and enjoy great barbecue and blues music.

March 12, 2018 - Attractions

Feed Your Soul At The 2018 Zydeco & Crawfish Festival In Gulf Shores

Come to Gulf Shores for the 2018 Zydeco and Crawfish Festival. Celebrate the music, food, entertainment and more!

January 16, 2018 - Attractions

Cruise The Coast At The Bama Coast Cruise In April

Feed your passion for cars and the coast by attending the 2018 Bama Coast Cruise car show and exhibit at The Wharf in Orange Beach in April 2018.

January 16, 2018 - Attractions


Gulf Shores Map

Upcoming Events

  • Nov 17
    2018 Coastal Academy Cup
  • Nov 17
    2018 Gulf Shores Junior Classic-Southeastern Junior Golf Tour
  • Nov 17
    2018 NJCAA Men's & Women's Half Marathon
  • Nov 17
    2018 NJCAA Men's & Women's Half Marathon Family & Fans
  • Nov 18
    Holidays at the Fort Tour and Gift Shop Open House
  • Nov 18
    Horse & Carriage Rides
  • Nov 18
    Live Music: Damien Joe Lamb & Jim St. James
  • Nov 18
    Live Music: Johnny Day, Will Rambeaux, & Christina Taylor

Local Weather

weather icon 46┬║ Conditions: Clear
Humidity: 65%
Wind: North 5 mph

Weather information provided by

Last Updated on November 16, 8:35 AM CST

Latest Video