Beach balls, Sunshine and Endless Family Fun

The beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast are the ideal place for your family beach vacation. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach boasts 32 miles of pristine sugar-white sand beaches, sparkling turquoise waters and endless family fun. Spend your days relaxing on the beach, tossing a beach ball, building sand castles, collecting seashells and creating lifelong memories.

Where to Stay

With a variety of accommodations to choose from, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach has a lodging option to fit your family's travel style and budget. Lodging options include beachfront condos, beach houses, national hotel chains, full-service resorts, bed and breakfasts, and camp grounds.

Where to Play

Offering a plethora of activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Whether you're traveling with young children or teenagers there's an adventure waiting to spark their interest. Families traveling with young children enjoy visiting the zoo, splash pads, Shrimp Boat Village at Waterville USA, a pirate adventure boat ride, dolphin tours, fishing on the Gulf State Park Pier and splashing in the waves. Activities for older kids include racing around the Wild Woody at The Track, a day at the water park, charter fishing trips, ziplining and parasailing. Nature and fitness enthusiasts enjoy hiking on the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry trail, Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, kayaking, biking, scuba diving and snorkeling. Historic Fort Morgan, USS Alabama and Fort Gaines are prime attractions for history buffs, as you step back in time while winding through the old Civil War forts, or up and down the stairs of the battleship.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are home to an array of festivals and events throughout the year. Check out of Calendar of Events to see what's happening.

Where to Eat

Fresh Gulf seafood is a staple in the restaurants along the Alabama Gulf Coast. Succulent shrimp, oysters and fish served fried, grilled, charbroiled, baked or blackened. Cuisine choices go beyond seafood, cheeseburgers in paradise, southern classics like fried green tomatoes, fresh farm-to-table produce and cheeses are also delicious menu options. Enjoy outdoor or indoor dining, upscale or relaxed atmospheres, kid-friendly or romantic dining options. Many restaurants in our area offer children's menus and play areas, making dinning out an experience both parents and kids will enjoy.

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