Splash Through the End of Summer: Water Activities in Gulf Shores


Get out on the water one last time before summer ends! There are so many water activities in Gulf Shores and all along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Explore the diverse landscapes and wildlife through the scenic nature preserves all throughout the region, including our neighboring Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, the Gulf State Park, and Graham Creek Nature Preserve. If you like to spend your time enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, then you'll love these water activities in Gulf Shores. 

Best Water Activities in Gulf Shores

1. Paddleboarding & Kayaking

Paddleboarding and kayaking are family friendly activities out on the water that just about anyone can do! There are local companies like Salt Coastal OutfittersGo Go Kayaks, and Paddled By You that offer rentals, lessons, and guided tours. Experience the Cotton Bayou, where you'll find dolphins flocking through the water and waterfront eateries to grab a bite and a drink.

You can also paddle along the Orange Beach Canoe Trail, which goes through Wolf Bay, Bay La Launch, Arnica Bay, and Bayou St. John. You can rent by the hour, day, or multiple days, and you'll find paddleboards, single kayaks, double kayaks, triple kayaks, and canoes in the area. 

2. Boating & Fishing

Whether you want to go deep sea fishing, inshore fishing, lake fishing, or pier fishing, you'll find it in Gulf Shores. Go on a fishing charter or excursion with local experts who can bring you to the best places to get a good catch based on when you head out.

Choose from a variety of charter types and time frames, whether you want to spend a couple of hours on the water or an entire day. Find the perfect local charter companies like Red Sky FishingDistraction Charters, or Zeke's Charter Fleet

3. Dolphin Cruises


Want to see a dolphin while on vacation in Gulf Shores? A dolphin cruise is the best option for travelers seeking the opportunity to view these magnificent creatures in the wild. Go on an adventure with Dolphins Down Under, which offers tours on glass bottom boats and various options to choose from. Get a glimpse of dolphins jumping through the air at sunset or go on a private boat charter with your closest friends and family. 

4. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Alabama Gulf Divers and Down Under Dive Shop provide everything you need to get out and explore the depths of the water along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Explore dive spots like Poseidon's Playground, Ivans Reef, the LuLu Wreck, the Oriskany Aircraft carrier, and more.

There are local guides to help you learn the basics or perfect your skills, or if you already know the ropes you can go out on your own and rent gear for the day. You can even go out on an open water dive or night dive for a truly unique experience. 

5. Martinique on the Gulf Pool

Don't feel like leaving Martinique? No problem, Martinique on the Gulf has a beautiful resort-style pool and direct beach access. Enjoy lounging at the indoor and outdoor pools at Martinique or stroll along the boardwalk to the white sand beaches of Gulf Shores. This is all just steps from your condo rental at Martinique, or a quick bike or golf cart ride away. 


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Published on Tuesday, December 27, 2022