Ride Go Karts at The Track
For teen stuff, it’s hard to beat The Track! There are a few go kart tracks, arcade games and fun things to do. Try both the tracks to see which one you race better. If you’re going with your parents, play one of their old-style arcade games. They call it retro.
MOM’S TIP: When you go to The Track, don’t sit on the sidelines. Get out there and enjoy the race! Play arcade games. When we went, I raced the go karts too. My teen grabbed my hand as we walked back to the car and said, “Thanks for racing, Mom. That was really fun.” Life’s too short to sit on the sidelines. Play with your teens! They may not say it, but it’s a great way to connect with your teen.
There are so many great places to eat at the beach. My favorites are Lulu’s (fried green tomatoes and great music) and The Ruby Slipper. There are tons of places to eat, so try something besides pizza and tacos. You might find a new favorite.
MOM’S TIP: There are so many amazing restaurants in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Many have outside dining and stunning views. Even the “fancy” restaurants are family-friendly and relaxed.
Great Condos and Hotels
I have been to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach three times and it’s always awesome. There are lots of great places with great pools and beach views. But, I think you should try to talk your parents into staying someplace that has a lazy river!
MOM’S TIP: We prefer condos when we go to the beach, though the hotels are quite nice. It’s great to have a full kitchen for late-night snacks, a living room for hang out space and separate bathrooms! Hotels and resorts with lazy rivers include Turquoise Place, Phoenix West, Caribe Resort and Phoenix by the Bay.
And there you have it, six teen-approved reasons to visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. My teen doesn’t know it, but there are lots more cool things to do that she just hasn’t done yet!
Ask your teen to check out all the options in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and include a few of those in your travel planning.
Trust me, parents, you won’t regret it!