4.) 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.
5.) 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.
6.) 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.
7.) Create family memories that will live forever by taking a dolphin cruise. Search for dolphins with the entire family.
8.) 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.
9.) 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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