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Family Vacations

Build Memories that Last Their Lifetime

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

If you’re ready for some family vacation fun, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are ready for you. Families with kids of all ages love to spend time here! Alabama's Gulf Coast has beaches with miles of sugar white sand, clean waves lapping and coastal breezes in the air. Beyond the beach, you’ll find so much more to see and do. Amusement parks, bicycle trails, historic sites and shopping are only the beginning.  Take a look at our stories of how to spend your vacation.
What to expect in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach


We are committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of our local population as well as our guests and will abide by the guidelines set forth by our governor’s most recent health order. For that reason, some businesses remain closed at this time and many have made operational changes with limited services currently available. So that you can make an informed decision about your upcoming trip, look for our “What to Expect” information found throughout our site, including the pages listed below.

Check out all the fun one family can pack in a day in Gulf Shores, Alabama! A quick glimpse at the moments a family will treasure forever highlights the beauty of Gulf Shores.

Where to Stay for your Family Vacation

In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, you’ll find just the right lodging to call home. Whether you want the amenities of a full or limited-service hotel, the flexibility of a condominium or the individuality of a beach house, we’ve got it. Beachfront or not, large or small, you pick. Campgrounds and RV parks are popular here, too. 

Hit the Beach

With the Gulf of Mexico just outside your front door, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach make it easy to make daily beach outings on your family vacation. If you're not staying near the beach, you’ll find ample public beach access points throughout the peninsula. Beach rental companies stand ready to rent everything from chairs and umbrellas to volleyball nets and personal watercraft. For some, the simple things like floating on waves or dipping a crab net in the surf are the perfect way to spend the day. No matter what activities you choose on the beach, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach will show you why we're such a popular family vacation destination. 

Amuse Yourself

From mini-golf courses to the largest Ferris Wheel on the Gulf Coast, we’ve got family fun on a grand scale. Maybe your daredevil kids want to brave  hairpin turns on the go-kart track. Or maybe testing their skill at dozens of arcade games is the thrill of choice. 

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By land or by sea

We've got what you want.

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Water Activities

There are many ways for families to enjoy the water on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Whether your kids want the action of skimboarding and paddle boarding, or if lounging on a tube is the answer, the Gulf Coast beachfront is the perfect place for you. Beyond the beach, you’ll find water activity options ranging from personal watercraft and pontoon boat rentals to amazing dolphin tours and sunset cruises. 

And of course, don’t forget the fishing! We’re known for big catches here and Orange Beach’s fleet of experienced charter captains love to see families reeling them in. 


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More historical sites

History buffs can take advantage of our area for days.  Visit Fort Morgan for a day of exploration and join the escape room fun while trying to break out of jail before you're shot as a Yankee Spy!   During the summer you can experience tours by candlelight and if you're lucky you will hear the cannon shots pointed across the bay.