If you’ve got a case of the post-holiday blahs, you’re probably not alone. Do you know what cures that? Organizing a family vacation in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
I know it might not seem like it now, but spring break will be here before you know it. You don’t want to be behind the power curve when planning a family getaway.
If you’re dreaming of a beach vacation, the Alabama Gulf Coast is the perfect destination for a family spring break. If you’ve been to Gulf Shores or Orange Beach recently (or ever), you already know this. If you haven’t had the pleasure, let me introduce you to the reasons your family will love spending their spring break on Alabama’s beautiful beaches.
2. Easy to Get To
Alabama’s beaches are popular vacation spots for people all across the Southeast as it’s an easy drive from various cities. When I visited in August 2019, I met people from across Alabama, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. What I loved about chatting with the tourists in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is that the same family groups come here year after year.
4. So. Much. To. Do.
If you dream of spending an entire week lying on the beach and watching the waves, no one will get mad at you. If you want to take a beach break and explore the area, you have loads of choices on things to do.
In addition to traditional water activities, such as fishing excursions, dolphin watching, and paddle and foil boarding, there’s The Track Family Fun Park, the Coastal Arts Center, Gulf State Park, and more. There are a TON of dining and shopping options. No matter your taste in food or activities, there’s something here for you. The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach website and welcome centers have all the info you need to plan the best visit. You can do as much or as little as you want, and the vibe is very “go with the flow.” If you’re visiting during the busy spring break season and want to do activities requiring reservations, such as parasailing or pontoon boating, you should book in advance.
Also, the selection of restaurants can be overwhelming, so I recommend checking out what’s available and making a wish list before you go. I did not have a bad meal there, but I highly recommend The Hangout and Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s. These are great, family-friendly places with delicious food and drinks and things for the kids to do.