Gulf State Park  Activities 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.


Gulf State Park Weekly Activities

Fri. 3/24

8:00 AM - Early Bird Fitness: Meet in the Activities Bldg.

9:00 AM - Prime Time Fitness: Meet in the Activities Bldg.

9:00 AM - Horseshoes:  Meet at the Horseshoe Courts. Extra horseshoes are available.

9:00 AM - Geo Caching 101: Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt that combines a little bit of technology with exploring the great outdoors.  Come to the Education Building along with a handheld GPS or Smartphone and learn about this great past-time that will take you to beautiful places that you otherwise would not have discovered. After the class you, you can meet the park guide at the Gulf Oakridge Trail Head to apply what you have learned.

10:00 AM - What is a Citizen Scientist? Do you ever wonder how biologists know so much about so many plants and animals? They rely on citizens like you. Learn how you can help using simple tools while you do the things you enjoy in nature. Meet our Naturalist in the Education Building to see examples of how citizen scientists have changed our world!

10:00 AM - Volleyball:  Meet at the Volleyball courts.

2:00 PM - Snake Encounters: Visit the Nature Center 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.

Sat. 3/25

8:30 AM - Drop in Yoga Class at the Beach Pavilion. $10 drop in fee- Free to our overnight guests

9:00 AM - Horseshoes:  Meet at the Horseshoe Courts. Extra horseshoes are available.

10:00 AM - Fabulous Frogs: (60 min) Journey on a wonderful trip through the weird and wonderful world of frogs. Learn about their bizarre behavior, anatomy, appearance, and more.  Through cutting-edge technology, you will get a glimpse into some of the most unusual life stories of frogs. Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

7:00 PM – Campfire with S’mores: Meet us behind the Camp Store by Middle Lake for S’mores (weather permitting). Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by Barefoot Believers.

Sun. 3/26

8:00 AM – Pancake Breakfast: Meet at the Education Building for a Pancake Breakfast.   Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by Barefoot Believers.

10:00AM - Camper Devotion:  Meet at the Camp Store Pavilion. (non-denominational & casual)

Mon. 3/27

8:00 AM - Early Bird Fitness: Meet in the Activities Bldg.

8:00AM - Pier Fishing 101 (First Session): -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 please obtain saltwater fishing license in advance.  Purchase online “http://www.outdooralabama.com/ saltwater-recreational-licenses”. Program cancelled in event of lightening.

9:00AM - Pier Fishing 101 (Second Session):  -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 please obtain saltwater fishing license in advance.  Purchase online “http://www.outdooralabama.com/ saltwater-recreational-licenses”. Program cancelled in event of lightening.

9:00 AM - Prime Time Fitness: Meet in the Activities Bldg.

9:00 AM - Horseshoes:  Meet at the Horseshoe Courts. Extra horseshoes are available.

10:00 AM - Volleyball:  Meet at the Volleyball courts.

10:00 AM - Guided Beach Walk: Meet at bronze sea turtle at the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier to learn all about our coastal ecosystem.  Then, meander along the shore, with our guide, looking for shells and learn about some of the local sea life found in the Gulf of Mexico. 

2:00 PM - Beach Creature Feature: Meet at the Nature Center to learn about some of the diverse local sea life found in the Gulf of Mexico.  If you have something you have collected along the beach shore, bring it along and we will help you to identify it. 

Tues. 3/28

9:00 AM - Ladies Social and Crafts: Bring your own project to work on or come to learn a new one. Come and share ideas and company with like-minded ladies. This is the final get together. Please bring a snack to share. Meet in the Education Bldg.

9:00 AM - Horseshoes:  Meet at the Horseshoe Courts. Extra horseshoes are available.

11:00 AM – 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 as well as point out various wild life in the water and around the pier.

2:00 PM – Alligator Adventures: Come to the Education Building and see a slide show and learn some interesting facts about this pre-historic creature that can be found in Gulf State Park! We will have a baby alligator on display and you will have an opportunity to touch and/or have your picture taken with the alligator.

3:30 PM— Eco Art: Join us at Lake Shelby Picnic Pavilion to participate in an art project/craft that highlights a natural aspect of the Park. (This week is dream catchers.)

Wed. 3/29

8:00 AM - Early Bird Fitness: Meet in the Activities Bldg.

9:00 AM - Prime Time Fitness: Meet in the Activities Bldg.

9:00 AM - Horseshoes:  Meet at the Horseshoe Courts. Extra horseshoes are available.

9:00 AM – Guided Kayaking Tour: Join us at Lake Shelby for a one hour guided kayaking tour to explore the basics of kayaking and a short trip around the lake. $20 includes single kayak, lifejacket. Limited spaces available so please call for reservation. 251-948-7275 dial 9 then ext. 2128

10:00 AM - Volleyball:  Meet at the Volleyball courts.

10:00 AM – Prescribed Burns: One tool that foresters use to maintain healthy habitats is controlled burning of overgrown areas. As one of the most important natural agents of change, fire plays a vital role in maintaining certain ecosystems. Prescribed fire reintroduces the beneficial effects of fire into an ecosystem, producing the kinds of vegetation and landscapes we want, and reducing the hazard of catastrophic wildfire caused by excessive fuel buildup. Meet our Naturalist in the Education Building to learn the details of why and how prescribed burning is utilized in Gulf State Park.

2:00 PM - Guided Nature Walk: Meet our park guide at the entrance (in the parking lot) of Gulf Oak Ridge and explore one of the trails in Gulf State Park.  Bring binoculars if you have them. We have some to share. 

6:00 PM – Worship at the State Park Beach Pavilion: Meet at the Beach Pavilion for an evening of Worship.   Everyone is welcome. Sponsored by Barefoot Believers.

8:00 PM - 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- if stars are not visible program is cancelled for that week.

Thurs. 3/30

9:00 AM - Horseshoes:  Meet at the Horseshoe Courts. Extra horseshoes are available.

10:00 AM - Carnivorous Plants of GSP - Come to the Education Building to learn about unique 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.

2:00 PM - Wildflowers of Gulf State Park: Gulf State Park is home to a large number of wildflowers. Come view this slide program that highlights those flowers that are present during each season. Come to the Education Building to learn about the wildflowers of Gulf State Park.     

Fri. 3/31

8:00 AM - Early Bird Fitness: Meet in the Activities Bldg.

9:00 AM - Prime Time Fitness: Meet in the Activities Bldg.

9:00 AM - Horseshoes:  Meet at the Horseshoe Courts. Extra horseshoes are available.

9:00 AM - Geo Caching 101: Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt that combines a little bit of technology with exploring the great outdoors.  Come to the Education Building along with a handheld GPS or Smartphone and learn about this great past-time that will take you to beautiful places that you otherwise would not have discovered. After the class we will apply what you have learned in the campground.

10:00 AM - Snake Encounters: Visit the Nature Center 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.

10:00 AM - Volleyball:  Meet at the Volleyball courts.

2:00 PM - Guided Bird Walk:  Meet our park guide at the Nature Center to take a bird walk around the area.  Bring binoculars if you have them. We have a few to share.

Sat. 4/1

8:30 AM - Drop in Yoga Class at the Beach Pavilion. $10 drop in fee- Free to our overnight guests.

9:00 AM - Horseshoes:  Meet at the Horseshoe Courts. Extra horseshoes are available.

10:00 AM - Video:  First Flight – A Mother Hummingbird’s Story: (48 min.) View stunning close-up photography as a mother Black-chinned Hummingbird builds her nest and raises her babies.  Meet at the GSP Education Building for this program.

NOTE: All Snow Bird Activities should be coordinated thru Wendy Horn at 512-508-5654 or you can talk with her on Mondays at 10:00AM in the Activities Building.

               

Please Recycle: There are Recycling Bins available for plastic, paper and aluminum.

Please DO NOT put plastic grocery bags in recycle.