Kids' Stuff in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach
Kids love the beach, so it’s not surprising that they love a vacation along the Alabama Gulf Coast.
But did you know there’s so much more to do than play in the sand and surf when staying in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach? You’ll find so many kid-friendly activities and dining spots in these two cities that you’ll run out of time before you can experience them all.
Explore the Wild Side
Kids love animals, and you’ll find more than enough of them to entertain the family at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Not only can you see a wide variety of animals – including jungle cats, reptiles and primates – but you also have the opportunity to hold a baby animal! For an additional charge along with regular zoo admission, visitors can choose from lemurs, red kangaroos, reptiles and other animals, and can share some quality time with these cute babies. Just check the zoo website for a current schedule of animal encounters, and select the ones you and your child want to experience.
Another way to experience wildlife is biking along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. My kids absolutely loved riding along the paved trails, searching for animals – even alligators – hidden in the shadows. The area is home to white-tailed deer, bobcats, turtles, birds and more along its 15+ miles of trails.
For a different type of “wild” experience, head to The Track Family Recreation Center, where your kids will go wild racing go-karts and bumper boats, as well as riding the carnival-style rides over and over again. If the kids need to cool off, hit the wild water slides at Waterville USA, a 20-acre amusement and water park sure to entertain.