Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Indoor Activities & Entertainment

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

During your stay at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, you might find yourself in need of something to do on a rainy day or as respite from the heat. This destination isn't just sugar sand beaches and clear water. Learn more about some of our favorite Gulf Shores and Orange Beach indoor activities below.

Fun and Games

Looking for a family-friendly activity that doesn't involve being outdoors? There's still fun to be had away from the beach. Visit Fat Daddy's Arcade for arcade games that the whole family can enjoy. Adventure Island is home to over 100 games, a rock wall, and a roller coaster simulator - allowing you to enjoy the thrill of amusement park rides while staying indoors.

Museums

Do you have history lovers in your group? They might be interested in stopping by the museums in the area. The Gulf Shores Museum has free admission to explore a historical home. Visit during a rainy day, and learn about the history of the city from friendly guides. The museums often host lectures and show movies highlighting events in Gulf Shores history.

Learning and Creating

Learn more about the local ecosystem when you take a trip to the Estuarium, with over 100 coastal species to see up close. The facility has 31 aquariums, exhibits, hands-on activities and experts to answer your questions. Another great way to spend the day indoors is to get creative and learn a new skill. There are ample opportunities to take art classes in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Try your hand at jewelry making at Blue Girl Beading or have some fun while making a painting to take home with Christie's Paint n Shop. The Coastal Arts Center in Orange Beach is known for glass blowing. It offers classes and demonstrations, as well as pieces for sale.

Art and Culture

Whether you like looking at art, or you're looking for a piece to purchase and bring back home, you'll enjoy the local artists that call Gulf Shores home. Gulf Coast Arts Alliance is a great place to start, with a gallery that features over 50 local artists. You'll find several other small galleries and art shops throughout the area, each with incredible, unique pieces that showcase the style, culture and flair of the area.

Shopping

If you're in the mood for retail therapy, you're in luck. Spend an afternoon out of the elements checking out local shops and well known stores. The Tanger Outlets offer over 120 stores to visit, including favorite brands at discounted prices. For some local gulf flavor, visit the smaller shops around town where you'll find everything from handmade jewelry to cute souvenirs that will remind you of your trip to Alabama.

Rain or shine, you'll always have a good time at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Be sure to look at the calendar of events to see what will be happening around town while you're visiting the area and start making your list of rainy day activities. Request a vacation guide to find out what else the area has to offer and plan a Gulf Coast vacation today!

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USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park
2703 Battleship Pkwy.
Mobile, AL 36602
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(800) 426-4929
From the WWII Battleship USS ALABAMA to the Submarine USS DRUM and over 25 aircraft, the spirit of military pride is alive and well at Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park. More Info More Info
Tanger Outlet Center
2601 S. McKenzie Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
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The outlets have over 120 brand name and designer stores. From fashions for the entire family to accessories, footwear, gifts and more, you’re sure to find great deals. Surprises and savings are hidden around every corner, and you will find unmatched bargains everywhere you turn. Be sure to check out our website for a full list of stores and restaurants and to be up-to-date on the latest deals. We are open 9am-9pm on M-Sat and 10am-7pm on Sun. Shop Outlets. Shop Tanger Outlets. More Info More Info
The Factory Gulf Shores
18948 Oak Rd. W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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At The Factory you can jump around on over 12,000 square feet of connected, world-class trampolines. But we are much more than just a trampoline park. We offer batting cages with pitching machines, foam pits, trampoline dodgeball, trampoline basketball, arcade games, and so much more. Come have a jumping good time with us today! • Group discounts available • Plan your next birthday party, corporate event, fundraiser, team party or field trip now • Check out our teen nights, munchkin jumps and dodgeball tournaments More Info More Info
The Holmes Medical Museum
111 W. Laurel Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
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At The Holmes Medical Museum, learn how far science and the medical field have progressed by exploring the first hospital in Baldwin County (1936-1958). Browse antiquated medical equipment and exam rooms which are sure to spark the interest of your future doctors and nurses and those in the medical profession. Visit us today to explore and learn about this interesting piece of medical history. You will be amazed at how much you discover and enjoy going back in time. More Info More Info
Swift-Coles Historic Home
17424 Swift-Coles Ln.
Bon Secour, AL 36511
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This circa 1882 historic home is located on the Bon Secour river under 120-year-old Southern live oak trees. Originally the home of Charles and Susan Swift and their 11 children, it was purchased in by 1976 Nik Coles. Before his death in 2007, he bequeathed the home to the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission. In 2009 the home was opened to the public and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More Info More Info
Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum
2081 Radford Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32508
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Climb the 177 steps up to the historic Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum for one of the most beautiful views of the Gulf Coast. Built in 1859, the lighthouse is located on board NAS Pensacola. Feel the power of the Blue Angels as they zoom past you from the catwalk of the lighthouse or hunt for ghosts in the Keeper’s Quarters and discover why our lighthouse is one of America’s most haunted. Visit us today for a beautiful experience and learn about the interesting history of the lighthouse. More Info More Info
Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum
25850 John M. Snook Ave.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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The building that houses the Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum was originally built in 1910 as a schoolhouse. It has served as a museum since 1995 and was moved to its present location in 1999. The Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum houses local artifacts and memorabilia relating to our Native American and fishing heritage. • Admission is free. • Facility is handicap accessible with ramps and handrails. • Plenty of parking. • Group Tours may be booked by making reservations call 251-981-8545. More Info More Info
Orange Beach Public Library
26267 Canal Rd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday CLOSED More Info More Info
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32508
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(800) 327-5002
The National Naval Aviation Museum is the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. Share the excitement of Naval Aviation’s rich history and see more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum’s nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll want to stay all day! Admission is free! More Info More Info
Mobile Carnival Museum
355 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602
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Immerse yourself in the rich history and traditions of carnival. See firsthand the intricate designs and artistry of majestic crowns, scepters and robes of Mardi Gras monarchs. Discover the art of costume design and float construction. View videos of parades and balls. Witness the pomp and pageantry of past coronations. Browse historical photographs dating back to 1886. Experience a behind the mask view of the street party by climbing aboard a rocking float, and become a costumed youth rider in the Little Mystics Den. More Info More Info

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