If you want to get away from the beach crowds and enjoy nature, try Bon Secour national Wildlife Refuge. They have 4 fantastic nature trails. Jeff Friend trail is about 1 mile round trip and is an easy walk. The trail is well-maintained and the scenery is fabulous. Another trail (Pine Beach Trail)  is a bit longer and harder but well worth the extra effort. It takes you through a variety of ecosystems and eventually  out to the beach.  Visit their website for directions http://www.fws.gov/bonsecour  (The trails are just  5-10 minutes from Gulf Shores.)