Gulf State Park Activities Schedule
List of activity ideas to do while you are staying in the park in addition to our weekly activity schedule
All activities are free to guests staying in the park and a $2 charge per vehicle to enter the campground for non-guests unless otherwise indicated.
10:00AM – Guided Nature Walk: Bog Habitats in Gulf State Park: Meet our Park Naturalist at the Orange Beach Sportsplex Trail Head to enjoy a walk through our marsh land and bogs. You will learn some amazing things about the plants that survive in this unusual environment.
12:30PM - Navigating by the Stars: The Sextant and High Noon –Learn why “High Noon” (the Meridian Passage) was important to early sailors and how they used a Sextant to determine their true location. Meet at the Amphitheatre for this intriguing program.
2:00 PM – Radical Raptors - The Barred Owl- Come to the Nature Center to meet Sherlock the Barred Owl and learn why she is a RADICAL RAPTOR!!!
2:00 PM – Bugs and Insects: Learn new and exciting facts about some of the creepy crawlies that live in Gulf State Park. This program allows you to get up close and personal with some unique insects. Meet at the Ed. Bldg. for this program and join our Naturalists to hunt for some of the unusual inhabitants to our park.
10:00 AM – Video: An Original Duckumentary: (60 min) Ducks are true originals. They waddle, glide, dive, and dabble. Their feathers shimmer with dazzling hues. In this Nature video, you will learn about some of the most spectacular species of ducks. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.
2:00 PM – Video: Birds of the Gods: (60 Min.) The island of New Guinea in the South Pacific is home to the “Birds of Paradise”. The indigenous people revered them as sacred ancestors and powerful spirits. Follow a young team of scientists as the find and film these breath taking birds. Come to the GSP Education Building to view this video.
10:00AM - Camper Devotion: Meet in the Ed. Bldg. (non-denominational & casual)
9:00AM – Exploring Coastal Creatures: Meet at the foot of the pier by the Brass Sea Turtle to learn about and get up close with creatures found in Gulf of Mexico. Our naturalists will gather some creatures from the surf and talk about their lives and habits.
2:00PM – Carnivorous Plants of Gulf State Park - Come to the Education Building to learn about unique carnivorous plants that have adapted to their environment by eating insects. Our Park Guide will show you examples of these plants and explain how they survive in the poor soils found in bogs and marshes.
8:30PM- Star Gazing at the Pier: Meet at the foot of the Pier near the turtle for a guided exploration of the sky, stars, planets and constellations. Weather dependent.
9:00AM – Pier Fishing 101: Beginner’s course on pier fishing. Learn safety, regulations, how to set up gear, pick bait, and fish from the Gulf State Park Pier. Free program but if you intend to fish obtain saltwater fishing license in advance.
9:00AM – Guided Nature Walk on Rosemary Dunes: Meet our park guide in the parking lot for the Rosemary Dunes Trail and explore one of the trails in Gulf State Park. Bring binoculars if you have them. We have some to share.
2:00PM – Talk About Turtles! Come to the Education Building to learn some of the interesting things about the turtles that you can find around Gulf State Park including the Gopher Tortoise.
9:00AM – Guided Pier Walk: Meet at the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier concession stand for a free guided tour along the pier. Our Naturalist will talk about some amazing facts about the pier and the various wild life in the water and around the pier.
11:00AM — Eco Art: Join us in the Pavilion at the Camp Store for an art/craft project.
2:00PM – Radical Raptors - The Great Horned Owl- Come to the Ed. Bldg.to meet The Doctor a Great Horned Owl and learn why she is a RADICAL RAPTOR!!!
9:00AM – Guided Nature Walk on Gulf Oak Ridge: Meet our park guide at the entrance (in the parking lot) of Gulf Oak Ridge and explore one of the trails in GSP. Bring binoculars if you have them. We have some to share.
2:00PM – Bats - The King of Caves: Bats are a primary predator of beetles, moths, leafhoppers, and other insects that costs farmers and foresters billions of dollars each year. Meet at the Education Building for this presentation about bats.
9:00AM – Guided Beach Walk at the Pavilion: Meet our Park guide at the GSP Beach Pavilion near the fireplace and learn all about coastal ecosystem. Then, meander along the shore with our guide looking for shells and learn about some of the local sea life. It costs $6.00 per vehicle to park at the Beach Pavilion for the day but is free to all guest staying in the Park with your windshield pass
2:00PM – Snake Encounters: Visit the Ed. Bldg. to learn all about our native snakes. You will learn how to identify the local venomous species and why these creatures are an important part of our environment. Bring a camera and get your picture touching a beautiful snake.
Please Recycle: There are Recycling Bins available for plastic, paper and aluminum available in the Campground Parking Lot near the Tennis Courts.
Please DO NOT put plastic grocery bags in recycle