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 forĀ 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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  • October 4, 2017
    This is a small zoo, so you won't walk your legs off like at some big zoos. Several monkey and bird cages are scattered throughout, along with larger animals. Don't miss the HUGE alligator named Chuck...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    we visited when our granddaughter was 3 and again at 6. this place is a great was to spend 1/2 a day. its so quaint and hands on. its always been the highlight of her trip and the employees are so nic...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    Wonderful little gem of a zoo. My wife and I enjoyed our morning there. Staff was great. Grounds were well kept. Worth the visit.  more »
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  • June 10, 2017
    We've visited 3-4 times now, once per year while staying in the area. We like supporting it as a small zoo that obviously is doing its best to care for the animals and provide a quality life for them. Still, the exhibits don't change much from one year to the next, and with the small size we can see everything in a couple of hours. The best thing going for this place is the Animal Encounters which you can't do at larger zoos. So far we've seen/petted lemurs, sloths and anteaters, and we hope to see the kangaroos next time. The keepers are also more accessible for questions, rather than being in the back areas all the time. Hopefully funding will come through soon to enable them to build their larger facility a few miles away, where the animals can have more room.
  • July 2, 2017
    Nice little zoo with a good amount of animals. Watch signs... A lot will 'beg' for the food but signs say not to feed them. Some enclosures seemed too small and the animals were packing or seemed stressed (but otherwise looked healthy). Wasn't happy to be there on a breezy cool day and see all the parrots and other 'domesticated bird breeds' out in the open with nothing to block the cold.
  • July 3, 2017
    Small zoo. Affordable. A few of the enclosures seemed small for the animals they contained. Couldn't see the reptile exhibit without paying the extra $ for an encounter. We tried the sloth encounter...we were only able to pet it's back and weren't offered to feed them. Overall, okay experience.
  • May 24, 2017
    We had so much fun at the zoo. The encounters were great. It's once in a lifetime experience to hold and pet and a baby kangaroo. The lemurs were so much fun. One of them sat in my sisters lap and took her sunglasses off of her head. He played with them for 5 minutes. They climb all over your shoulders. The sloth was ok. You don't actually get to hold them. You do get to feed them and run them. The goats are fun to feed. They stand on back two legs on top of fence. Overall wonderful. I would recommend the zoo. The adults had just as much fun as the 6 year old.
  • May 10, 2017
    Second time to this zoo and my kids loved it again. Nice to be so close to the animals and the staff and facility do their best with what facilities they have. Everyone was very nice and were great with the kids. Thanks for a great visit and we will be back if not here then in your new location.

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