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.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo tiger

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.

Pizza Gulf Shores

Hungry for More

Of course, with all of this playtime, the kids are sure to get hungry, so head to one of the kid-friendly restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Two of the best are Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s and The Hangout.  In addition to kids’ menus, both restaurants feature a wealth of activities for children, such as a giant sandbox, games, live music and more. It’s a great way to keep the kids happy before, during and after eating. And if you want to avoid the long waits at dinnertime, head to one of these restaurants for lunch.

For a different experience, visit Cayman Grill for lunch or dinner. In addition to a mouthwatering menu, including a special kids menu, everyone will love seeing the stingrays and fish swim in the 8,000-gallon tank that occupies the middle of the restaurant. If you get really lucky like we did, the kids can help feed the stingrays! The entire family also will enjoy the back deck, where they can be entertained by live music and take in the sunset over Bay La Launch.

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