Waterville USA#9 in Best Things To Do in Gulf Shores
For a break from the beach, head less than a mile inland to Waterville USA. The park, which spans 20 acres, offers both water and theme park rides. Visitors can float their way down the lazy river, brave the waves in the wave pool or shoot down one of several waterslides. Meanwhile, those looking to stay dry can take advantage of Waterville's amusement park, which features attractions like mini-golf and go-karts.
Travelers enjoy their time in the water park, emphasizing that it's a great option for families with kids of different ages. Other visitors lament the park's ban on spray sunscreen and some say the park is overpriced.
The water park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Water park tickets cost $33.95 for patrons 42 inches and taller; admission is $25.95 for visitors 41 inches and shorter. There is a slight discount on ticket prices if you enter after 3 p.m. The amusement park is open March through September, though operating hours vary by season. It's free to enter, but each activity has its own fee. Outside food and beverages are not allowed. Visit Waterville USA's website for complete 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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