Alabama Bucket List: Gulf Coast

I had hoped to move on to Florida as my next bucket list state, but the new 2018 travel guide has not shown up on my doorstep yet, so we will have to move to Alabama for now! Alabama will be broken into 4 different regional posts. The first is the Gulf Coast, which is probably the area of Alabama that is the most enticing to me!


  • Booth Scupture Park: Always fun to look at random art!
  • Gator Alley Boardwalk: Okay, some people say this is scary given the gator attacks that have happened, but I think a boardwalk allowing me to maybe see gators in their natural habitat sounds like fun.
  • Middle Bay Lighthouse: Another light house in another state for us to check out!

Dauphin Island

  • Dauphin Island Public Beach: What’s a visit to the Gulf Coast without some time at the beach?
  • Estuarium and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Seems like a great way to see some native sea life.
  • Historic Fort Gaines: Old forts are always fun to explore.

Gulf Shores

  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: I love to check out zoos, to me the more the better! Andrew however would say otherwise.
  • Gulf State Park: This park claims to have beautiful beaches and trails, so it sounds like a sure winner.


  • USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park: This is a great chance to be able to check out an old WWII battleship
  • Fort Conde (AKA Fort of Colonial Mobile, as listed in the new 2018 guide): Another fun fort downtown to check out!
  • Gulfquest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico: I’ve been to several Maritime Museums along the Great Lakes, but never along the gulf, so I think this would be interesting.
  • Mobile Botanical Gardens: Sounds like a nice beautiful walk.
  • Mobile Carnival Museum: From what I can gather Mobile and New Orleans seem to be at odds as to who started Mardi Gras first, so this would probably be worth checking out.
  • Mobile Mardi Gras Trail Tour: It seems as though there is a self-guided version of this online, so if I had some downtime, I’d check this out!

Spanish Fort

  • 5 Rivers-Alabama’s Delta Resource Center: Something about this intrigues me. Maybe it’s because we’ve toured a few Mississippi River centers.

Of course this is just a small list of what the Gulf Coast area has to offer, but I’ve picked that items I think best relate to our travels as a couple!


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