Wade Ward Nature Park is located just two blocks north of Gulf Place, the main public beach. It is a public pedestrian access to a pocket of natural wetlands and waterways found in between the beach condominiums and commercial buildings in Gulf Shores.
From a comfortably dry, elevated boardwalk, you may enjoy beautiful views of the wetlands that connect Little Lagoon and Lake Shelby. Wildlife such otters, pelicans, and the occasional alligator can be seen hunting and fishing in its shallow water and wetlands. It is also one of the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail sites and, therefore, a great place to look out for migrating and local birds.
The park can be accessed from a sidewalk on Highway 59 to a sidewalk with benches that line a narrow waterway including a small pavilion and deck overlooking the water. Nearby, a short boardwalk crosses the waterway and allows a view of the wetland area. Free public parking can be found just a short walk south one block walk on Highway 59 and then one block east on E. 1st St.