The Impulsive Traveler: Details, Gulf Shores, Ala.

if you go
GETTING THERE

US Airways offers nonstop flights from Reagan National to Pensacola, Fla., with mid-July fares starting at $340. Pensacola is about 35 miles from Gulf Shores, Ala.

WHERE TO STAY

Beachside Resort Hotel

610 W. Beach Blvd.

888-410-3812

www.beachsideresorthotel.com

Across the street from the beach. Rooms start at $139.

Courtyard Gulf Shores

3750 Gulf Shores Pkwy.

251-968-1113

www.marriott.com

About four miles from the beach in the Pelican Place Shopping Center. Rooms start at $149.

VRBO

www.vrbo.com

Online rental site listing many short-term Gulf Shores condo rentals.

WHERE TO EAT

DeSoto’s

138 W. 1st Ave.

251-948-7294

Good, fresh seafood, just a couple of blocks from the ocean. Entrees from $11.95.

Elli Bistro

3800 Gulf Shores Pkwy.

251-948-4710

www.ellibistro.com

Upscale spot with a varied menu. Entrees $14-$26.

Bahama Bob’s

601 W. Beach Blvd.

251-948-2100

www.bahamabobs.com

Casual indoor-outdoor beachfront cafe. Entrees $14-$22.

WHAT TO DO

Waterville Water and Amusement Park

906 Gulf Shores Pkwy.

251-948-2106

watervilleusa.com

Wave pool, lazy river, amusements. A fun place for kids. Adults $29.95, seniors and children under 42 inches $18.95; amusement park rides are extra. Water park open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Amusement park open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

The Hangout

101 E. Beach Blvd.

251-948-3030

www.thehangoutal.com

Big, fun restaurant, bar, music venue on the beach. The atmosphere is better than the food. Go for the bands, the outdoor music and the beach games for kids.

Fort Morgan

110 Hwy. 180

251-540-5257

preserveala.org/fortmorgan.aspx

Historic fort at the mouth of Mobile Bay. The last major battle of the Civil War was fought here. Open daily year-round, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $7, seniors and college students $5, children 6-12 $4.

INFORMATION

www.gulfshores.com

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