Eagle Cottages at Gulf State Park: Plan Your Stay

Located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States

How to Get There

Gulf State Park is located less than a 10-minute drive from Jack Edwards National Airport, an hour drive from Pensacola International Airport, and less than a 2-hour drive from Mobile Regional Airport. The lodge provides transfers to and from nearby airports, arranged prior to arrival for an additional cost. Private parking is available at every cottage for those arriving by car.

What to Expect

Accommodations and other lodge buildings are connected by paved roads and walking paths. Cell service and Wi-fi are widely available.

Weather and Seasons

On Alabama’s Gulf Shores, summers are generally warm and humid, with temperatures ranging between 75°F and 95°F. Rain is frequent in the summer, and stronger storms become more common in August and September. Winters are cool and windy, with temperatures ranging from 45°F to 65°F. The lodge is open year-round, and unique opportunities for wildlife-watching abound in every season, including winter bird migrations and the hatching of alligators in the autumn.

What to Bring

Eagle Cottages provides access to a wonderland of outdoor activities, from kayaking to sandcastle-building; bring comfortable, casual clothing suitable for active days. If you’re traveling in the warmer, wetter months, bring light, long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect yourself from insect bites, in addition to swimsuits and beach wear. In the winter, warm layers will be needed for rainy days and cool nights spent around the campfire.

Traveling with Family

Gulf State Park is a wilderness playground where adventurers of all ages are warmly welcomed. The lakeshore is just steps from each cabin door, offering a variety of watersports in the lake’s calm waters. A play structure located on the lodge’s single lane provides a safe place for kids to gather at any time of day. Paved walking and cycling trails throughout the park make it easy for young guests to get around, while hands-on activities like those listed below are offered by the Interpretive Center, encouraging engagement with the park’s conservation and sustainability initiatives.

  • Nature walks informed by kid-friendly interpretive displays
  • Night hikes on the beach, with red lights for spotting sea turtles and other wildlife using light they can't see.
  • Craft workshops at the Art Center, including pottery and glass-blowing
  • ‘Show and tell’ with animal ambassadors at the park’s Nature Center

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