USS Alabama#7 in Best Things To Do in Gulf Shores
From 1943 to 1945, the USS Alabama fought in the Pacific theater during World War II. Now, the 680-foot ship rests in Mobile, Alabama, as the star attraction of the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. The park also features the USS Drum – a WWII submarine – tanks, aircraft and memorials dedicated to each modern war and the American men and women who fought in them. There's even a monument to military service dogs. For an additional fee, you can also explore the recreation area, which has access to picnic tables and a fishing pier.
Visitors routinely praise the park, saying it is full of history and provides great insight into life aboard the ship. Travelers particularly enjoyed the self-guided tour of the USS Alabama, but warn the tour involves a lot of stairs and tight spaces.
The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is located in Mobile, Alabama, about an hour's drive northwest of Gulf Shores. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $6 for children and $13 for seniors; there are discounts for active duty military members. Parking costs $4. The park is open year-round daily at 8 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. April through September and at 5 p.m. October through March. Visit the USS Alabama website for more details.
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#1 Gulf State Park
Outdoor adventurers flock to Gulf State Park, which sits just a mile east of the public beach. Along with opportunities for swimming, fishing and paddling at Lake Shelby, the park also boasts 28 miles of trails (15 of which make up the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail) that weave throughout. Visitors can also take advantage of the park's guided tours or stop by the nature center to learn about the local flora and fauna. Budget-minded vacationers should check out the park's rental cabins or its campgrounds, while those traveling with pets can make use of the on-site dog park. Those who don't want to rough it can book a room at one of the nearby hotels.
Travelers regularly call the park beautiful and praise the clean facilities. Hikers enjoyed the park's trails and appreciate the water fountains located along the paths. Meanwhile, RVers offer rave reviews of the size of the grounds and the on-site amenities.
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