Visit “The Little Zoo That Could” Along Alabama’s Gulf Coast

Stay with Bluegreen Resorts in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and you’ll be in the midst of stunning stretches of some of the world’s softest white sand beaches. You’ll also be within arm’s length of Civil War history at Fort Morgan, near the site of the Battle of Mobile Bay, and close to plenty of outdoor sports opportunities and family-friendly activities. Bluegreen’s two Emerald Coast locations, Paradise Isle Resort and Shoreline Towers, offer quiet luxury at an attractive price point, as well as proximity to all these tourist attractions and more.

At the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, formerly known as Zooland Animal Park, kids, teens, and adults can enjoy viewing more than 500 fascinating species of animals: come meet tigers, leopards, wolves, primates, and bears, as well as reptiles and birds. There’s a petting zoo for the youngest vacationers and seasonal programs that include keeper lectures, animal entertainment shows, and more.

Visit the Reptile Garden to hang out with lizards, turtles, alligators, and snakes. The Kangaroo and Lemur Encounters give you the chance to meet some of your favorite happy-go-lucky mammals, and in the Tiger Encounter, you can bounce around the yard with playful Bengal cubs. The zoo is also home to three gray wolves, a native species hunted to near extinction in many parts of North America. From a lynx cub to a family of ferrets to a great horned owl and a kookaburra, your family will find a variety of new friends and plenty of picture-taking opportunities.

Proudly calling itself “The Little Zoo That Could,” the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is located at 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores, and is open every day of the year, with the exceptions of Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day. The grounds are wheelchair-accessible, and the zoo provides wheelchairs as needed, on a first-come, first-served basis.