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Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores
(3.8/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
Home to over 500 exotic creatures, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo offers close, personal encounters with animals in an intimate setting. Play with lemurs or cuddle a young kangaroo. Bears, lions, and leopards all reside on the 7 hectare (17 acre) site, where wide pathways allow for close-up views of the animals. Learn about the different species in the zoo by visiting the reptile house, aviary, and petting zoo. Animal shows take place daily, and reservations forĀ animal encounters are available at the gift shop. To visit Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo on your holiday in Gulf Shores, and find out what else Gulf Shores has to offer, use our Gulf Shores tourist route planner.
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  • Small but it was a nice time and the money is put to taking care of the animals. I enjoyed it. They have plans for a new zoo too. 
  • It's not the biggest in the world, but if you're looking for something to do to kill time, it's worth the trip. 
  • This zoo is very undersized. At the end of our visit we found out some good news. They are building a new zoo to open in 2018. ATTN ZOO PLANNING - TRIPLE the size of all enclosures. Also, several of t...  more »
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  • Terrible!!!!! The animals appear to be in horrible condition and have little to no run to move. Many of them were pacing back and front which is the first sign of insanity. I have no idea how this place is legal and still open. Half the animals wouldn't even move. None of the enclosures or should I say "cages" resembled anything to the climate or surrounds of the wild. It was literally fences with a food bowl in it. THIS IS ANIMAL CRUELTY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • My family and I visited this zoo today. I admit we were excited to be able to interact with some animals. And we did see quite a lot of keepers. But all too soon we came to realize they had already begun closing and feeding th animals etc so that they (the staff) could leave. We were rushed out. My father in law greeted a keeper in the most polite way and she completely ignored what he'd said and jumped to say "Um we close in ten minutes. So you all know..." And left. This was an hour earlier than everywhere listed. And we paid quite a lot of money to visit. The animals mostly looked miserable and hot in the heat. Not all of them had water. What animals.did were literally sitting or standing in it. There was an alpaca that was huge and standing in a tiny pool smaller than a kids plastic wading pool that's water was disgustingly filthy and only came up much less than a foot. Some animals we're covered in large swarms of flies and you could see how stressed out they were. The baby kangaroos or joeys were the best part of the whole exhibit. You only pay five dollars for the time with them and they let you pet them etc. They seem happy. The Lemars were really neat. But, unless you're wearing a hat of some kind they aren't interested in you. And that's $10.00 to watch people with hats from inside the small enclosure play with them and also them poo and wee everywhere. Wear a hat or skip this. And the anteaters are nocturnal...but they sell you a ticket to "interact" with them. Also they right off the bat get you to buy a $2.00 cup of food for the animals...which is like two of them. Most of the animals.tiny enclosures have a big sign that shouts NO! Do not feed the animals this food they do not like it. You end up.dumping it in the deers enclosure on the way out because they are so exhausted from heat and lack of water that they either can't get up or take an eternity to grab one and chew it for an eternity. Though the animals are beautiful it is heartbreaking to see them that way. And to add insult to injury just between you and the animal somewhere on the enclosure or in front of it slightly is a sad post that states how short of a "life" they have in captivity. But refrain from listing life expectancy in the wild or natural habitat. I won't be back and neither will my family and we pray for those animals.
  • For a small zoo it had a huge selection of animals and you got a great view. I loved all the birds.
  • Pretty kool little spot. You can walk around to see and feed most of the animals; and if u want to pet some of them Ike the sloths, kangaroos, and other different types you pay $5-10 n hang out with them for a bit. It's really kool.
  • This was definitely the most fun I've ever had at a zoo. It is a small zoo, but very personable. The staff walk around holding different animals and are happy to stop and tell you all about them. You can pay $10 to meet with the lemurs. They are so friendly and feel like soft teddy bears. You can also pay $5 to hold and pet a baby kangaroo. In other words, bring $15 extra, because it will be the best $15 you've ever spent. The zoo is clean, quiet, and really fun. We will definitely be going back.