6 Adventurous Water Sports in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Watersports are among the most obvious ways to have fun on your beach vacation.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have a lot of adrenaline-pumping activities to get you out on the water! I recently visited the area with my daughter, my sister, her husband and their two boys. With two adventure-seeking tween boys, I knew we had to find some ways to keep them active and excited.
Our first excursion was parasailing with Orange Beach Parasail. We enjoyed a nice boat ride out into the Gulf of Mexico, then strapped in to float high above the water. Flying high under the parasail, the views were amazing, and you won't believe how peaceful and quiet it is! Another perk they offer is a photo package. They'll take professional photos during your experience and give them all to you on a flash drive. It was great getting all those close-up shots of the kids!
2. Jet Skiing
The boys were asking (daily!) if they could jet ski, so that was our next adventure. We planned a full day of fun at the Flora-Bama Marina and Watersports. My sister and her family rented jet skis and the boys were thrilled! The Flora-Bama Marina offers tons of watersport rentals and excursions including fishing, boating, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Instead of jet skiing, my daughter and I went for a nice, relaxing kayak instead.
3. Pontoon Boating
We met back up at the marina, grabbed our coolers from the car, and loaded onto a pontoon boat rental. My brother-in-law is an experienced boater, but most people with a driver's license can operate a pontoon boat with a short lesson. Our boat was equipped with a big slide off the back for extra family fun! We headed out on the bay and found a nice spot to chill and eat while the kids enjoyed the slide again and again and again. The adults even got in on the slide action once or twice!