A Day At the Beach — Starting from Wales West

IF you're hoping for a day at the beach, Wales West is centrally located. The map below shows the surrounding attractions and where they are in terms of Wales West. Click on any of the balloons for more information.

Fish River Swimming Area Marlow Boat Launch on Fish River Pensacola Beach Orange Beach Gulf State Park Gulf Shores Fort Morgan Fairhope Pier May Day Park

Fairhope Pier - 8.6 Miles

Fairhope Pier

LOCATED at the West end of Fairhope Avenue, on the site on the city’s original commercial pier (dating back from 1894), the ...Pier is [Fairhope's] ‘town square’. Destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the pier was rebuilt and reopened in November 2006. Designed for both strolling and fishing, the pier features benches, covered areas, restrooms, a marina and a restaurant. There is no cost to walk, but a saltwater license is required for fishing. The park is home to a lovely rose garden and fountain, plus picnic tables, pavilion, duck pond, tree trail, boat launch and a huge sandy beach. Nonresidents are charged park admission [to the beach area] during summer season. In addition to the waterfront park, numerous bluff top parks extend along Mobile Street. —From the City of Fairhope website

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May Day Park, Daphne, AL - 15.3 Miles

May Day Pier

MAY Day Park is located in Daphne on College Avenue at Mobile Bay. Bay Access – Playground, Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Beach, Pier and Boat Ramp

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Fish River Swimming Area - Just down the road!

Fish River Swimming Area

JUST down the road, where Fish River crosses County Road 48, there's a wonderful, old-fashioned swimming hole. It's a perennial hit with the local folks; it's close by, and it's a great way to cool off quickly.

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Fish River Boat Ramp - Just down the road!

Marlow Boat Ramp

YOU can put a boat in the water at the Fish River Boat Ramp in Marlow — just down the road from the RV Park on County Road 9.

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Fort Morgan State Park - 43.7 Miles

Fort Morgan

FORT Morgan has stood watch over the entrance to Mobile Bay since 1813 when its original walls were built of earth and wood. During the Civil War, Fort Morgan was a Confederate stronghold, providing a focal point for Southern resistance — as well as covering fire for blockade runners. Admiral David Farragutt led the Union Navy past the Fort in August 1864 during The Battle of Mobile Bay.

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Gulf Shores - 26.7 Miles

Gulf Shores, AL

IF you're looking for volleyball-playing, beach-bar-hanging good times, this spot -— where Highway 59 dead-ends into the Gulf -— is for you. For a small fee, you get all-day, up-close parking, making it easy to unload your gear. Beach attendants, three open-air pavilions and a picnic area are available. There are also restrooms and showers on site. This is a popular spot, so you may want to arrive early to get a prime parking spot.

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Gulf State Park - 27.1 Miles

Beach - Gulf State Park

GULF State Park has over 3.5 miles of beaches available in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. The beach area in Gulf Shores (main park area) can be accessed from our Beach Pavilion area. This area has a charge of $5 per car. All areas in Orange Beach are free of charge to everyone. (Cotton Bayou, Romar Beach and Alabama/Florida Point).

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Orange Beach Waterfront Park - 27.2 Miles

Waterfront Park - Orange Beach, AL

IN addition to the beaches at Florida Point, Cotton Bayou and Romar Beach (all in Gulf State Park), you'll find the Waterfront Park in Orange Beach. Open to the public year-round, this beautiful family park is located on scenic Wolf Bay. Amenities include a 400’ fishing pier with covered pavilions and seating, picnic shelters with grills, restrooms, paved walking path and parking. Lighted Kids Park with slides, swings and climbing areas. Perfect photograph opportunity with Wolf Bay as a backdrop.

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Pensacola Beach - 50.8 Miles

Pensacola Beach

SANTA Rosa Island, home of Pensacola Beach, is a barrier island in The Gulf Islands National Seashore — 52 miles of unsullied, undeveloped beaches. The emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico beckon with recreational opportunities from fishing, boating, birding, swimming, hiking, collecting seashells, attending a ranger guided program and exploring the historic forts.