Businesses Away from the Beach Booming

Businesses Away from the Beach Booming

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Alligator Alley is seeing record crowds this week because of cool spring break temperatures. Alligator Alley is seeing record crowds this week because of cool spring break temperatures.
SUMMERDALE, Alabama -

For all creatures who live for warm weather, this spring break has been a bust so far.

"We got down Sunday and it was great. It was like 75 and then it felt like, it didn't feel like spring break anymore it felt more like December," says Garrett Plumber on break from the University of Alabama.

Beaches for the most part are abandoned. Left for the birds a few other brave souls. "We're shivering with goose bumps but we have our bikinis on," says Rebecca Brennon from Missouri.

As chilly as the temperatures have been this spring most folks are trying to find other things to do that's taking them away from the beach and further north.

"We thought about going to the zoo and going shopping," says Melanie Payne from Gadsden.

Tanger Outlet mall in Foley is packed. The parking lots jammed. "From what I hear from the tenants here it has been a phenomenal week so far," according to Tanger manager Tom Knighten.

Area attractions like the zoo are reporting record numbers so far this week. "It's still 100 percent better than home," says Corey Wagner from Wisconsin. "You can't get out in the water. It's too cold but we're having fun."

Amusement parks are also a popular destination. "We're actually going to go go-karting and mini-golfing I think after this," says Bree Bethson. "This is the coolest thing we've done so far."

20 miles from the sands of Gulf Shores, gator watching has become a must see attraction. "People don't want to get in the water so it's been pushing them up our way. I'm glad to have it. The weather is great. It's a little chilly but we're going to take what it gives us and go with it," says Alligator Alley owner Wes Moore.

By the end of the week temperatures are expected to warm up. Good news for all who love the sun.

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