One of the great benefits of a condo rental in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is the ability to cook in your condo, should you choose to do so. Not only will it save a little money, but it’s ideal for those lazy mornings when you want to relax on the balcony with a cup of coffee or OJ for the kids. However, if you’re not in the mood to cook, send someone out for beignets from Café Beignet
or for fresh donuts from City Donut
Make today a beach day! Soak up the sun and splash in the surf. Don’t stop at one sandcastle - build an entire kingdom! After all, you have 32 miles of white-sand beaches to build it on. You’ve got the time and the space. Don’t forget to pack a cooler filled with water and plenty of snacks. If your condo isn’t directly on the beach, there are 14 public beach
access points throughout Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Keep an eye out for sea turtle nests on our beaches from May until October. If you see a marked nest, please do not disturb it. If you spot an unmarked nest, call 866-732-8878.
After a morning on the beach, you need a no-fuss restaurant. Drop in at Bahama Bob’s Beachside Café
for a laidback lunch at a longstanding Gulf Shores favorite. Sit on the deck and treat yourself to Gulf views, shrimp po-boys and maybe even a Bahama Bob Burger topped with grilled pineapple, bacon and double Swiss cheese. Bahama Bob’s serves a full kids menu with all the kid favorites.
No Alabama Gulf Coast family vacation is complete without exploring historic Fort Morgan
. Just a short drive from the center of Gulf Shores, this historic military fort played a key role during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, as well as the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. The fort offers guided tours at different times throughout the year. The museum near the fort is filled with war artifacts sure to intrigue both the parents and the kids.
If you drive into Gulf Shores on Alabama Highway 59, it’s hard to miss The Hangout
, also known as “where 59 ends and the fun begins.” Dinner at The Hangout is an event in itself. A foam party is held every hour, and you’ll stay entertained by the DJ’s limbo and dance-off contests. After dark, bands take the stage for live music. There are plenty of outdoor games and a large sand area for the kids to play.
One of the highlights of a fall family vacation is hunting sand crabs
at night. Of course, you don’t want to take them with you! But the thrill of the chase is where the fun is. Bring sea-turtle friendly flashlights equipped with red bulbs or covers and shine your light to watch the little crabs scurry across the sand.