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Old 02-05-2016, 07:26 AM   #1
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Gulf State Park, Alabama and Dauphin Island Campground, Alabama


My husband and I are headed to the above campgrounds in April for a month, 3 days on Dauphin Island, remaining time at Gulf State Park. If you have stayed at either of these campgrounds could you please reply with suggestions on sightseeing, good places to eat, etc. We're in our early 60's, enjoy great seafood, walks on the beach, etc.

Also, any concerns with alligators, snakes at either of these parks? Thanks in advance.


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Old 02-05-2016, 08:10 AM   #2
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I really don't think you should have to worry about gators or even snakes at either place because of the activity there. Now if you are going in the water back on the fresh water lakes, you may wish to be cautious.

Here are some good restaurants. I can attest to Desoto's Seafood grill and The Shrimp Basket.

This is a great museum if you like military or flight. Welcome - National Naval Aviation Museum

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Old 02-05-2016, 08:13 AM   #3
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Appreciate the information and restaurant/museum suggestions. Thank you.
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Old 02-05-2016, 10:08 AM   #4
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We love the Gulf Shores area and just about any restaurant there is good and has excellent seafood. There are also places to purchase fresh jumbo shrimp for you to grill at your RV!

If you have bikes it great because it's all flat. The beach is beautiful. Definitely take the short drive to Pensacola, Florida and do the air museum. It's topnotch.

There are alligators in the small water areas at Gulf State park but in our years of staying there they haven't been a problem. Not all sites are on the water. If yours happens to be, just watch your dog if you have one. The gators typically stay in the water or lounge on the shoreline. They don't roam the park. Folks even put their small boats, canoes, kayaks in the water - but no swimming. As far as snakes, we've never seen one but snakes are everywhere in this country so I'm sure they're there, also.

Have a great time. It's a nice place.
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Old 02-05-2016, 12:49 PM   #5
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Checked out Daphne Island facility 3 years ago. Looked pretty good. If you are planning to use the ferry to get your RV across, be advised that they won't do it unless conditions are calm. Gulf Shores State Park is absolutely fantastic. And popular! So many great eating places abound, I wouldn't know where to begin. I found both TripAdvisor & talking to other RV'ers to offer more than our visit allowed. (We stopped for a week on our way to Florida & wound up spending our entire allotted 6 weeks in the area!) Snakes & gators . . . Saw both ar GS. But I was cycling the incredible multi-use trail system in the area. Pay attention, but nothing to worry about. So, so much to do. We loved the air museum in Pensacola. The battleship in Mobile. For a So Cal boy on his first trip down south . . . It was overwhelming. (And, if you are a Christian, Calvary Chapel in Foley is top notch. And though it is quite a drive, we visited West Monroe, Louisiana & the Duck Dynasty facility. Even met a couple of them when we went to church there.)
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Really enjoyed Gulf State Park! Walked the beach every day. Hope you have sunny weather during your stay to off-set the door daytime temps that might still be present. We enjoyed this restaurant Dinner Menu | Seafood | Gulf Shores | Original Oyster House
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We stayed in Doc's RV Park and enjoyed the stay. We ate at Lambert's Cafe and would strongly recommend that you try the home style cooking and the entertainment of the "Throwed Rolls". Get there early! It is a very popular. We also enjoyed the Original Oyster House.

I would not miss the opportunity to see the Nation Naval Aviation Museum. Hopefully the Blue Angels are practicing the air show when you go. Check at the museum for show schedule.

We also took a day trip using the ferry to Dauphin Island and up to explore the city of Mobile and visited the Museum Of Mobile.

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While at GSP you are on an island between Gulf Shores to the west and Orange Beach to the east. IMO gulf shores is more touristy and the better restaurants are in Orange beach. Some of our favorites are Docs seafood for fried shrimp and oysters , Shipps Harbor Grill for Tuna, Pleasure Island Tiki bar for a burger, and Flippers for the seafood pasta. If you want to buy fresh seafood, take a short drive to Pensacola to Joe Pattys seafood market. You won't be disappointed and carry a big cooler.
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For what it's worth, check out the eating places closely. All fried seafood is not the same.

Breakfast at Hazels, at GS next to Walmart, not the one on the beach road.

Brunch at Fisher's downstairs, try the fired whole okra and the bloody-marys. the Oysters Benedict is to die for.

Sunday happy hour at Cobalts next to the Caribe Resort, really good and really cheap happy hour stuff.

We are at the GS beach area a lot and have tried most all.

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Gulf Shores Seafood has a low country boil with shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn for 2 at $18.00. Best deal and food on Gulf. Order ahead and pick up. Also go by Sugar Sands RV Resort. A great place to stay.
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Thanks everyone for the feedback. Much appreciated. We'll be checking out your suggestions. Thanks again.

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Flippers Restaurant far East end of Canal Road in Orange Beach.

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Old 02-18-2016, 03:37 PM   #13
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If your a history buff and in Pensacola check out Fort Pickens in Pensacola beach. Enjoy

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