Top Five Beach Activities for Families with Little Ones
Taking a beach vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast usually means fun in the sun, sand and surf.
However, with little ones in tow, sometimes you want to add additional activities geared to the area's youngest guests. The cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have you covered.
The go-karts and bumper boats are great for the bigger kids, but did you know this family entertainment mecca even caters to children 8 and younger? In the center’s Kids Country, you’ll find several carnival-style rides (think swings, spin tops and airplanes), as well as miniature kiddie karts, rookie karts, the carousel and even a Ferris wheel. Of course, you can’t leave without a journey on The Rio Grande Train. And, don’t forget miniature golf, too!
Well-known for its fresh seafood, Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s in Gulf Shores is more than just a place to grab a bite to eat. More of a family destination, Lulu’s welcomes kids to come, stay and play a while. The restaurant’s youngest diners will love building sand castles in the enormous sand playground adjacent to the dining room. Need water for your moat or just want to cool off? Head over to the Fountain of Youth for a refresher. Got older siblings? Let them tackle the Mountain of Youth, a massive ropes course rising high above Lulu’s.
If the family visits Waterville USA in Gulf Shores, take your little swimmers to WaWa World, where the maximum height is 42 inches. This miniature waterpark within a waterpark contains a selection of waterslides, including the Frog, Pelican and Duck slides. There are also numerous water features to splash in as well as The Captain of the Pirate Ship. Mom and dad can splash along or take a break in one of the many chairs while supervising their children.
Open free year-round, the Edward H. Carroll Sr. Kids Park welcomes families to come and play for a while. The park’s centerpiece is a lighted, castle-themed playground featuring slides, swings and climbing areas. Thanks to the park’s location on Wolf Bay, families also can go for a swim, try their luck at fishing along the 400-foot fishing pier, or enjoy a meal in one of the picnic shelters.