Alabama is a state that has surprised me on many levels. I have enjoyed the experiences we’ve had so far and the people we’ve met. It’s a unique state and it’s hard to describe but they do lifestyle and entertainment things with such creative and fun flair.

Hang out on the beach

Gulf Shores, Alabama has a slogan, Leave Only Footprints which encourages people to make sure they have removed all their beach gear by one hour after sunset each day. 

Learn How to Build Sandcastles at Sand Castle University

We spent an hour with Janel from Sand Castle University learning those techniques. She was an engaging teacher and wonderful with the girls. I loved hearing about how she has created a business around something she loves.

Bike Riding in Gulf State Park

We grabbed rental bikes from Mark at Beach Bike Rentals to explore one of the Back Country Trails. Mark was great at showing us the bike trail and pointing out various points of interest to see along the way like the osprey Nest and Lefty the alligator.

Make Bath Bombs

It’s not as difficult as you think and, they’re all natural as well which makes it fantastic to use in the bath. Ruta, co-owner, was a great teacher, taking us through step by step and making it easy to understand.

The Gulf

The menu has a Mexican flair with fresh and locally caught seafood – their fish burger is a winner!  It has an Asian and Australian flavor with different seating areas and chilled out couches, palm trees, tiki flames, and fire pits. And just a good time US vibe and innovation.

The Hangout

It’s also where the annual Hangout Music Fest in May was created which now draws 50,000+ people. Previous artists include The Foo Fighters, and this year The Killers headline!