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Also known as the Heart of Dixie, Alabama features picture-perfect days in the springtime. Gulf Shores, specifically, entices families with miles of white sand beaches, gentle breezes and blue water. The kids will enjoy parks, playgrounds and the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Ride one of the largest Ferris wheels in the Southeast, go on a zipline tour and enjoy live shows in the Wharf Amphitheater. Gulf Shores offers a variety of lodging options — campgrounds, beach houses, hotels and bed and breakfasts, to name a few.