After having spent time earlier doing a traditional Thanksgiving with our family, this is our second year to relax in our RV and enjoy Thanksgiving season at the beach in Gulf Shores State Park in Alabama. This park is large with very large, level, asphalt sites. There is a large space between sites for parking, playing, storage, etc. My wife and I enjoy this park because of its close proximity to the beach and short drive to many wonderful seafood restaurants. Gulf Shores is only about 6 hours drive time away from home for us, so it makes for a good one-day drive without having to dry dock overnight to get there like we did earlier this year getting to Yellowstone NP. This year the temps were between 40′s at night, and up to 70 and sunny during the day.
Our experience “so far” is the Fish River restaurant and the Shrimp Basket in Orange Beach are our personal favorites. We haven’t tried all the options, but of the ones we have tried these made the top of the list. They are ranked highly based on affordable and delicious food, not the atmosphere or ambiance. We like to relax and enjoy a nice meal without having to mortgage the farm.
We travel with a 40 foot Dutch Star diesel pusher and tow a Honda Civic. Our traveling friends who we have shared many miles in this wonderful country, went with us this year and last year. They pull a 36 foot 5th wheel with a dually Dodge Ram with all the bells and whistles. If you read some of my last few blog posts you will see photos and read about our travel adventures.
The rates we paid are $43 per night. This includes access to the beach and other park amenities. There was plenty of moderate to lengthy walking trails. One of which we measured as a little over 4 miles. They are all level and well taken care of, including wooden elevated walkways over the swampy areas. The walkway also branched off to go over to the beach, but the cross-walk over the highway wasn’t yet complete.
There were quite a few out of state residents that were obviously setup for lengthy stays which speaks highly of the park ( in my opinion ). We met some full timers that were there with a new Dutch Star and two motorcycles and their tow vehicle. Very nice folks that sold everything and were just traveling the country with their black lab.
This year we ventured out in the toad to visit the Navy Flight Museum in Pensacola Florida about 45 minutes away. It was fascinating and had a wonderful tour guide that had actually piloted several of the planes in the museum. The display of the Blue Angels was hanging from the building structure and the pilot said they were actually further apart in the display than they actually fly. You will find this to be well worth spending a day there. There were also movies, and “4-D” theater to show a 3D movie with seating that will make you feel as if you are flying along side of the Blue Angels.
Enjoy these photos.