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Eden Spa & Salon | Massage | Hair Care | Waxing | Nails
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Experience Paradise at Eden Spa & Salon in Palm Pointe Plaza in Orange Beach. An eclectically charming, Island Oasis - a place where clientele - local residents as well as visitors, women as well as men, and young as well as not so young - can treat themselves or someone they care for to the ultimate pampering experience.

Relax, read, enjoy a complimentary glass of juice, wine, or water, or just take in the views of the Gulf of Mexico. Eden Spa offers a complete array of salon services including hair care (style, cuts, color, perms) nail care (manicure, pedicure, paraffin treatments) and hair removal (waxing). Our licensed, experienced therapists and aestheticians can provide a wide range of treatments including facial care (cleansing, exfoliation, hydration), and body care (several types of massage, aromatherapy, body wraps, & mud masks).

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people biking on trails at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores AL
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Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is a haven for nature lovers. Explore the park's extensive trail system, perfect for hiking and biking, offering breathtaking views of diverse landscapes. Paddle through serene lakes and waterways, or cast your line at the Gulf State Park Pier, one of the Gulf Coast's longest piers. Enjoy a leisurely picnic amidst the park's natural beauty, or unwind on the white sandy beaches. With its diverse ecosystems and stunning scenery, Gulf State Park offers endless outdoor adventures for visitors seeking to immerse themselves in nature's wonders. 

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girl interacting with a tiger cub at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores AL
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The brand new Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is a gold mine for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. With over 300 species and more than 900 animals from around the world including majestic big cats, playful primatesexotic birds, and slithering reptiles, visitors are treated to up-close encounters with magnificent wildlife.

Aside from the incredible animal exhibits, the zoo offers a range of amenities to enhance the visitor experience. When hunger strikes, guests have various options to satisfy their cravings. The zoo features a new full-service restaurant that offers a diverse menu, including savory sandwiches, salads, and hearty entrees. Enjoy a delicious meal while taking in picturesque views of the zoo's surroundings.

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interactive saltwater exhibit at Dauphin Island Sea Lab
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Having done this myself with my young son, I can vouch for the fun. The journey begins as you drive your car aboard the Mobile Bay Ferry at the western end of Fort Morgan. Aboard the ferry, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the bay, with dolphins occasionally playing alongside the vessel. The 40 minute scenic cruise is a fun new experience that creates a sense of anticipation for what awaits on the island. You can exit your car while crossing the bay and enjoy the salty breeze and views from the deck of the ferry. 

Once you arrive on the island, The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a renowned research and education facility dedicated to marine science. It offers visitors a chance to learn about the diverse marine ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico through interactive exhibits, touch tanks filled with fascinating sea creatures, and informative guided tours. Take a stroll on the Estuarium boardwalk, where you can see coastal habitats up close and marvel at the rich biodiversity thriving in the area.

NOTE: Pick a nice calm day for this, with a clear forecast. The ferry will be closed if a storm blows up while you are on Dauphin Island, making for a long drive back around Mobile Bay and back to Gulf Shores.

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Hangout Music Fest 
The Hangout Music Festival is an annual event each May that transforms Gulf Shores into a mecca for music lovers. This three-day music festival brings together top-tier artists from various genres, setting the stage for unforgettable performances against a breathtaking beach backdrop. The festival not only celebrates music but also showcases local art, mouthwatering food vendors, and exciting activities. Having been to this music festival many times, this writer can vouch for its awesomeness. It has to be one of the best – if not THE best – beach music festivals in the country

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