Kids biking at Hugh S Branyon Backcountry Trail

10 Fun Family Activities in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

At the top of everyone’s planning-for-vacation list comes the question—how can I entertain everyone in the family from toddlers to teens?

This list will help make this year’s vacation planning easy with our 10 fun family activities in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach.

Hummingbird Zipline at The Wharf in Orange Beach

1.) Ziplining is an exciting adventure that will get your group up and moving for adrenaline-pumping fun. The Wharf has a great course—The Hummingbird Zipline—with more than 6,000 feet of flying excitement on two-hour guided tours soaring some 115 feet above the ground. Enjoy stunning views of pristine coastal wetlands at speeds of 30 mph! While this is a great family activity, it’s for ages 10 and up with a weight requirement between 70 and 250 pounds. Participants must also be able to climb several flights of stairs on each of the seven towers as well as lifting 15 pounds. Each person (or guardian) must sign a waiver.

2.) Ditch the beach chairs and have a ball building sandcastles with Sand Castle University! All ages and skill levels are welcome to this unique experience that helps everyone become an expert in this beach pastime. Sand castle University will provide all the equipment and expertise needed and every class includes a free time-lapse video of your group’s activity.

3.) The Track Recreation Center in Gulf Shores is a staple for many vacationing families, because there is fun for all ages! Thrill rides like the Skycoaster and Spinning Coaster will delight the tweens and teens while mom and dad will be content for toddler fun with family go-karts, miniature golf, bumper boats and cars, Kids Country rides and so much more! Test your skills on the multi-level Wild Woody go-kart track where drivers race up three and a half stories and circle back down again ending with an exciting drop!

4.) Biking is perfect for the whole family! Rent cycles (or bring your own) and even get an adult bike with a baby seat on the back if needed. Hit the trails at places like Gulf State Park where the views are as amazing as the exercise.

5.) The Ferris Wheel at The Wharf is a fun thrill for mom and dad, teens, tweens and even toddlers. Get a bird’s eye view of the area from atop one of the largest Ferris Wheels in the southeast.

Boy holding baby kangaroo at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

6.) Load up the whole gang and head to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo where you can get up-close-and-personal with more than 500 animals! Have special encounters with your favorites: sloths, kangaroos and lemurs. Stroll through exhibits and learn what the animals eat, where they live and how they interact with you through sounds.

7.) Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is popular and your tweens and teens will love exploring this water sport on the calm inland waters or the challenging surfs of the Gulf of Mexico. Be sure to check the beach flag warning system and monitor water conditions.

8.) Create family memories that will live forever by taking a dolphin cruise. Search for dolphins with the entire family.

9.) Take a hike! Yea, really! Gulf Shores has many hiking trails that can be relaxing family strolls or serious walking/running opportunities. You might see wildlife such as alligators or deer, but most definitely different species of birds. Pack a picnic lunch and stop along the way for the perfect family outing.

10.) The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and IMAX Dome Theater is the ultimate in rainy-day fun! A top Alabama attraction for many years in a row, this destination is fit for all ages with interactive exhibits, larger-than-life IMAX films and hands-on learning experiences. It’s just a short drive away in nearby Mobile, but offers a fun way to road trip the area for a morning or afternoon.

Prepare yourself for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach family fun this summer in Alabama. Remember to book your activities in advance so that your trip is uninterrupted!

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