Family Beach Vacations
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.
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.
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.
If your crew is ready to hit the trail, we have dozens of hiking
and biking trail
options accessible to all ages. In the center of the island, the 25 paved miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail
wind throughout Gulf State Park
and beyond. At the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
, trails lead hikers through diverse natural habitats. You’ll find informative signage along the way and can stop in one of the interpretive centers at the park or the refuge to learn more. In these nature spots, it's common to see unique wildlife such as alligators or gulf coast birds
Any history buffs in the family? They will love it here! Historic Fort Morgan
stands at the western end of the island. Fort Morgan is still guarding the entrance to Mobile Bay
, as it’s done since Civil War times. Across the bay, Fort Gaines
is just a ferry ride away. For military aviation history, it doesn’t get any better than the National Museum of Naval Aviation
. All of these attractions are family-friendly and entertaining for the days you want to get out of the sun.
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 the drops and hairpin turns of a roller coaster. Or maybe testing their skill at dozens of arcade games is the thrill of choice.
Either Way, They’ll Find it Here
What’s your family adventure going to include? The many family-friendly attractions in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach await! Make your reservations now and plot your vacation itinerary
to get the most out of your visit. Start planning today and search for family-friendly lodging including Gulf Shores or Orange Beach condos
, hotels, beach house rentals, or other lodging options that are great for large group vacations
While you’re here, stop in one of our two area Welcome Centers
to find out more ways to enjoy family fun at the beach.