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“Camping and Cabins”
Review of Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park
Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in Gulf Shores
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Gulf State Park's two miles of beaches greet you with plenty of white sun-kissed sand, surging surf, seagulls and sea shells, but there is more than sand and surf to sink your toes into. Inside Gulf State Park there is a championship golf course, new beach pavilion, rental cottages, tennis courts, camp sites, hiking trails, Zip Line, and a fishing pier that is 20-feet wide and extends 1,512 feet into the Gulf. This and much more make Gulf State Park the perfect in-state vacation or out-of-state adventure.
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Cannot wait to go back, they were super friendly and it was beautiful there. We wanted to bring the camper back, there are pull through and back in sites as well as sites on the water. Reservations are welcomed. The cabins are great and on the water. Really reasonable and have 1,2 or 3 bedrooms.

1  Thank Artsonthelake
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Went camping here for a couple days in October. We had a great stay. We ended up staying in the main camping lot (with all the RV's) with our tent. We got full electric and water that way. Next time when we come we will camp in the primitive area for only $16 if I remember correctly (compared to $30). The buildings were very nice and well kept. The laundry facility was incredibly clean, the pool was very nice. The pool was only about 4 feet deep. Great I'm sure for families, we were hoping for a bit deeper. But the pool was clean and again the buildings were great. They have WI-FI up by the nature center and the pool. When you stay camping you get into the state park beach for free with your pass. About a 5 minute drive to the beach. The beach was beautiful, high waves when we were there but so much fun! Not any people at the beach compared to Panama City Beach. Went to the beach a couple mornings in a row, walked the beach and sat in the pavilion. The pavilion that overlooks the ocean is great! I got WI-FI as I was sitting in there as well. Overall great stay and we will be returning in the primitive sites!

Thank briannasipe
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

We've stayed at Gulf State Park campground a number of times now, always for the purpose of enjoying the beaches in the park.

The campground is very large. It has a pool, tennis courts, nature center, boat rentals and store. The restrooms are very clean and great for showering. There are lakeside sites, but few with shade. Sites have full hook ups, and many are pull-thru.

It's about a half mile to the beach pavilion, so you need a vehicle to drive there. The beach is long and wide. The beach pavilion is spotless including the restrooms and showers. We usually park near the boardwalk furthest from the entrance for the easiest walk to the beach, and the less crowded areas. In season (summer) the pavilion has a stand with drinks and ice cream. The beach pavilion can accommodate groups (reservations required). Often on Saturdays, late in the afternoon, a handful of weddings take place on the beach.

There is a $5 admission per vehicle at the beach pavilion. It's free for those staying in the campground. The campground prices are on the high side for a state park - but wee worth it.

Thank FairhopeFred
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

My wife and I walked on the beach every morning for a week while on vacation and enjoyed it greatly! The sand is clean, the beach is almost deserted in places, and we found dozens of shells to bring home.

1  Thank Michael R
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We went to the State Park beach area and found it to be clean and tended to. There weren't very many people when we went which was nice to get some quite time. My sea shell hunting was better there because not as many picking through them. I like that there was somewhere to rinse off before you got back in your car.

Thank Bamanana2012
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