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The City of Gulf Shores offers a variety of public facilities to accommodate your recreational needs including: fitness, athletics, beach access, parks, boat launches and more.


The David L. Bodenhamer Center is a membership based community center that receives over 200,000 visits annually. The beautifully designed facility is home to the City of Gulf Shores Recreation Division offices and is the hub for all recreational athletic and program registrations.

The Cultural Center is a 31,000 square foot multi-use facility located on nearly 10 acres of land on the north side of the city at 19470 Oak Road West. Studio Fit is located at this facility and features a limited selection of functional equipment and three classrooms specifically designed to accommodate workout programs.

Sports Facilities 

The Gulf Shores Sportsplex is a multifaceted sporting facility which annually plays host to many sporting events including USSSA World Series baseball tournaments, the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, the AHSAA State Track Championships and many more.

Johnnie Sims Park is a sporting facility that hosts youth recreation games, high school games, and provides excellent overflow facilities for larger sporting events held at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex throughout the year.

Public Beach Access Points 

The City of Gulf Shores offers several public beach access areas. Find information about beach access and parking fees.

Boat Launches

Nestled under the ICW Bridge in Waterway Village, Canal Park features a boat launch, public parking, restroom facilities and a courtesy dock.

Mo's Landing features two concrete boat ramps, parking for both vehicles and boat trailers, and restrooms for public use.


Meyer Park is a 12-acre park is located within the heart of Gulf Shores and features picnic shelters and tables, playground equipment, open grass fields, and horseshoe pits.

From a comfortably dry, elevated boardwalk, you may enjoy beautiful views of the wetlands that connect Little Lagoon and Lake Shelby at the Wade Ward Nature Park. Wildlife such otters, pelicans, and the occasional alligator can be seen hunting and fishing in its shallow water and wetlands.

The entrance to Wetlands Park is located at the base of the water tower at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex. This loop gravel path around a fishing pond, compete with benches, gazebos, and a fishing pier is a quiet way to enjoy natural wetland ecology.

Open seven days a week, the Dog Park features a large fenced in green space to accommodate both small and large dogs.