Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Gulf Shores

3.9
#1 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Alabama
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 for animal encounters are available at the gift shop. To visit Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and get the most from your holiday in Gulf Shores, create itinerary details personal to you using our Gulf Shores trip planner .
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  • Gulf Coast Zoo is very special to the Yaun Family. My father-in-law carved a magnificent Python Center Pilling that is under the thatch hut. My daughter was raised on Sumner Youth Camps here. We take ...  more »
  • My daughter and I visited the Alabama gulf coast zoo. The zoo offers unique animal encounters with lemurs, kangaroos and sloths. It was so much fun! The staff was awesome and extremely educated. I hig...  more »
  • Sad to visit. Not worth entry fee. A Most animals appeared restless and displayed dull coats. Depressing and in dire need of upgrading appearance and grounds.  more »
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  • Fun little zoo! Easy access and plenty of parking make for a stress free little adventure. Close to the beach, so if you're cooped up in a condo and to sunburnt to get out on the beach, this is a perfect short getaway. Take time to enjoy the animal encounters. The lemurs are especially sweet and fun! Cool souvenirs too, we ♥ our sloth coffee mug!
  • This past weekend I visited Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. I was really impressed and had a great experience. The two lions they had started to roar when we were visiting, it was amazing. Also we watched on of the bird shows. I had low expectations walking into the zoo but it was very cool. The only downside was I did not see a gorilla. But they had a lot more monkeys. Also the zoo had a lot of animal encounter habitats.
  • A bit hard to see from the road. Gravel parking lot. Very friendly staff. Love the animals and being able to feed some of them. The exhibits are all relatively clean. I was not a fan of having to pay to see and have a personal experience with the sloth, kangaroo, reptiles and anteaters. I think that when you pay to enter a zoo you should be able to see the animals, maybe just pay for the personal experience.
  • First off I'm not sure about people leaving 1 star ratings. They must have no perspective. With that being said, you have to understand that I would not call this a "Zoo" as most people know of them from larger cities. I would call it a Wildlife Sanctuary. We have several where I am from. Most of them house 15-50 animal species. Which a lot less than your average "Zoo". This place though, is very large for a Sanctuary. They have a large variety of animals. The visibility of all the animals is great, with exception of the full grown alligator because he hides in the water a lot. Kids love it here because they do have farm animals as well that they can feed. The prices are not expensive at all. On top of everything above, you can pay extra to hold or encounter different animals. We had a fantastic experience with my daughter. We paid to enter the lemur exhibit and cuddle with several lemurs. We'll worth the $10 a person in my opinion. The biggest negatives I would say that keep it from being 5 stars are the parking lot and visibility of the Zoo. It is very difficult to find with no signage from the main road. The parking lot is just gravel. In a rainstorm has large potholes and is very messy. This is easy to forgive once you get inside and meet the friendly staff and see the animals. In summary, this is definitely a great place to take the kids. They will not forget the experience!
  • This is one if the best zoos I have ever been at. Though it seems small, there are a variety of animals, many different encounter options that are well worth the money and the staff is friendly, helpful and informative. It is always a pleasure to go and provided a fun experience for the whole family

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