No Frills Trip: Gulf Shores

No Frills Trip Itineraries are curated by me. I search the internet, use my personal experiences, and contact my friends to find you the best spots and hidden gems! Please note that websites often change and if you find one that is now extinct, let me know! Have something to add? Leave a comment!

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Outdoor day excursions (that aren’t the beach):

  1. Gulf State Park Pier – great to walk around, people watch, fish. People do catch and release crabbing here. Good place for some photos, too. You can also bike at the Gulf State Park
  2. Historic Ft. Morgan – Really cool things to see-
  3. Trails and outdoor beauty at Hugh S. Braynon Backcountry Trail  or
  4. Waterville Waterpark – fun if you don’t want the saltwater –
  5. Alabama Coast Zoo –
  6. Deep sea fishing
  7. Alabama Coastal Birding Trails – and
  8. Drive over (and take the ferry) to Dauphin Island and the lighthouse there –
  9. USS Alabama tours – tour the ship!
  10. Take a dolphin cruise
  11. There are lots of other fun options such as ziplining, mini-golf, high ropes courses, etc

Indoor day excursions:

  1. Free aviation museum w/ free tours (see the Blue Angels!):
  2. Love sports? Go here! Free.
  3. Love railroad etc? See lots of cool trains for free here:
  4. Fire museum:


Foley Outlets – (If you have a AAA card, you can get a free coupon book. They’re usually $5, which actually might be worth it if you know you’re going to buy a lot of things!)

The Wharf – lots of shopping, food, ferris wheel.

Local Food/Drinks to Try:

Boudin balls

Try a Bushwacker drink (lots of places have them)

Popular local fish: shrimp, oysters, lionfish, fish tacos, crab, grouper, and red snapper

Eat some wickles

Key Lime Pie or bread pudding for dessert

Popular restaurants:


Fresh food and best cocktail/happy hour –

Fisher’s Dockside

The Hangout

Best donuts –

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