POINTS OF INTEREST
The Alabama Gulf Coast has plenty to offer area residents beyond the beach. Hit Pelican Place at Craft Farms for unique shopping; head to Alligator Alley, the Biophilia Nature Center to visit the area?s interesting creatures; or visit the Baldwin County Heritage Museum to learn about the area?s diverse history. Head to Meaher State Park, a 1,327-acre park on Mobile Bay for an afternoon in the sunshine or explore Historic Blakeley State Park in Spanish Fort, which offers hiking and bike trails. Devoted shoppers can hit Tanger Outlet Center, the Eastern Shore Centre, or the quaint downtown boutiques of neighboring Fairhope on Mobile Bay. The populace can also take a trip over the bay to discover Mobile events and attractions from the Carnival Museum; Mobile Museum of Art; the symphony and opera; or Mobile?s Carnival celebration; and the annual BayFest.
Gulf Shores offers a full calendar of events for the populace. The annual Hangout Music Festival, the National Shrimp Festival and the many music events at The Wharf remain resident favorites in Gulf Shores. Additional events include the Annual Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast?s Greatest Beach Party, which offers food and fun on the beach; the Annual Wooden Boat Festival featuring local artists and boat builders; the Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in nearby Foley; the Blue Angels Air Show in Pensacola, FL; or the Annual Thunder On the Gulf for exhilarating racing action in nearby Orange Beach, AL.
Gulf Shores is part of the Baldwin County Public Schools system. Students in grades K-5 attend Gulf Shores Elementary, while older students attend Gulf Shores Middle School and Gulf Shores High School. Higher education in the area is provided by online courses from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, or the nearby University of South Alabama, Bishop State Community College, Spring Hill College and University of Mobile, to name a few.