Gulf Shores is a coastal city in Baldwin County
, United States
.Like many coastal communities, tourism plays a major role in the local economy of Gulf Shores.The tourism economy in Gulf Shores appears to have returned to pre-spill levels.Ocean fishing, beaches, and especially golf are three major draws for the area. Chartered fishing boats embark regularly, and the area is home to two of the top rated golf resorts in the Alabama - Craft Farms and Kiva Dunes.
There are a total of nine signature golf clubs as well as a state-owned 18-hole course.Other popular attractions include the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo (as featured in Animal Planet's "The Little Zoo that Could");Pelican Place at Craft Farms, a shopping mall; and Waterville USA, a family amusement/waterpark.The city is home to an annual three-day music festival on the beach each May, the Hangout Music Festival.