Choose Activities Wisely.
It’s obvious how you will spend much of your time visiting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach: on the beach! But Alabama’s beaches are so much more than just sand and water – there are so many attractions in the area! We try to do things that appeal to kids of all ages so everyone stays entertained.
One of our entire family’s favorite attractions is the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, located in Gulf Shores just minutes from the beach. From the animal encounters to the playgrounds to the incredible Safari Club Restaurant, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo has something for kids (and adults) of all ages!
And we never miss a visit to The Wharf in Orange Beach. The Wharf is an expansive, family-friendly entertainment district that houses a 15-screen movie theater, one of the tallest Ferris wheels in the Southeast, The Wharf Express Train, an 18-hole miniature golf course and much more. It is also home to more than 30 shops and restaurants and an amphitheater for live concerts.
My teen loves to shop and take a ride on the Ferris Wheel. My little ones love riding the train and grabbing ice cream from the local shops. My favorite part? It is that The Wharf truly has something to keep everyone in the family happy and entertained!
Never. Neglect. Naptime.
If you have children that still nap at home, I highly recommend breaking for a nap on vacation, whenever possible. Nothing can make a relaxing vacation go left better than an exhaustion-induced toddler tantrum! This is why I suggest building time in your itinerary to head back to the hotel or condo to break for a nap.
While one of us stays back with the little ones for naptime, the other adult will often take our teen out for solo time on the beach or shop for souvenirs. Divide and conquer if you must, but never neglect naptime! Well-rested kids are generally happier, and that makes for an enjoyable vacation for all!