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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Gulf Bowl
2881 S. Juniper St.
Foley, AL 36535
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This family owned and operated attraction has been providing fun since 1959. We are a 35,000 square foot family entertainment center with a spectacular VIP boutique bowling room with private bar. We have 16 traditional lanes and seven VIP lanes. Additional amenities include arcade, laser tag, high ropes course, pool tables, and party rooms. Our fabulous fare from the full-service Captain’s Galley seafood restaurant and lane side grill is a local favorite. From birthdays to corporate events to karaoke fun, join us. More Info More Info
Gulf Coast Escape Room
701 Gulf Shores Pkwy., Ste. A
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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We offer a fun and challenging real-life adventure game. Your team will work together to find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape from one of the four themed rooms. That sounds easiest enough, right? Plot twist: you only have 60 minutes. We have five scenarios to choose from including Bates Motel, Zombie Autopsy and The Doll Room. We offer rooms for birthdays and corporate outings as well as families looking for a fun inside activity to take a break from the sun. More Info More Info
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center & IMAX® Dome Theater
65 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36633
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(877) 625-4386
We have been voted one of Alabama’s top attractions several years in a row, and we remain a unique destination for school groups and families alike. From the young to the young at heart, the Exploreum has something for all ages. With more than 150 interactive exhibits, thought-provoking larger-than-life IMAX films, and fun, hands-on educational programming, there is always something new to experience. We have perfected the art of making science fun and memorable! Have your next birthday party or event with us. More Info More Info
Gulf Shores Museum
244 W. 19th Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Fly through the eye of a hurricane with “Hurricane Hunters” and our interactive display. This local history museum tells the stories of this coastal town, its people, their lives and their livelihood. You can see a variety of permanent exhibits and special exhibits. Seasonal events and films as well as adult and youth programs are offered throughout the year. The museum’s home is a beach house that dates to before World War II and was originally located on West Beach. Admission is free. More Info More Info
Fat Daddy
24565 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Fat Daddy’s Arcade in Orange Beach is one of the area’s top attractions for family-friendly entertainment, featuring more than 80 arcade games, a large redemption counter with great prizes and a concession stand with pizza and drinks. Enjoy interactive games like The Walking Dead, Jurassic Park and Fruit Ninja, or test your skills at Monster Drop Chaos, The Wizard of Oz, Skee Ball, Hoops and more. Fun for all ages, Fat Daddy’s welcomes families, groups and birthday parties. Visit us online for more information. More Info More Info
Foley Art Center
211 N. McKenzie Street
Foley, AL 36535
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For almost 50 years The Foley Art Center has served the Gulf Coast area with our Cultural Enrichment Programs in our local schools, scholarships for our students seeking advanced degrees in the arts and providing art classes for children and adults. Our annual events include Fall Art Competition, annual Trim-A-Tree held at the Tanger Outlets and Art in the Park held each Mother’s Day weekend in the John B. Foley Park. Please join us in our quest of making a true difference by creating one of the finest enrichment programs possible. More Info More Info
Escape House Waterville
906 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Need an escape? We’ve got two game rooms to put your team to the test! Can you survive an approaching hurricane? Or find The Great Mysto's secret hiding place? You have 60 minutes to find a way out by finding objects, codes, hidden puzzles and hints that can help you escape. Ready? Go! The games offer challenges for teams of two to eight people of all ages. What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking. The BEST escape rooms on the Gulf Coast. More Info More Info
Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach
26389 Canal Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Nestled on four acres facing beautiful Wolf Bay we offer a waterfront art experience for everyone as well as a stunning destination wedding location. Peruse the gorgeous fine arts gallery featuring Gulf Coast artists, blow your own glass in our Hot Shop, or make your own clay creations in our Clay Studio. Custom crafted art available in our gift shop. No admission fee; but all classes require an appointment and have fees starting at $65.00. We also offer summer art camps and after-school programs. More Info More Info
Cobb Pinnacle 14 Theatres
3780 Gulf Shores Pkwy.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Featuring 14 auditoriums with wall–to-wall screens, Cobb Theatres offers true stadium seating, Dolby digital surround sound, six 3D theaters, one- Real D 3D Box reserved motion seating and full-service concession with beer available. • "Cobb Gift Card” - a value gift card available for purchase in any dollar denomination • Theatre rental program allows businesses and individuals access to private screenings and meetings • Free Kiddie Shows during summer vacation • Birthday party rooms available for private functions More Info More Info
Baldwin County Heritage Museum
25521 Hwy. 98
Elberta, AL 36530
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We represent the grass roots of our society by providing a place for visitors to experience the heritage and share the ethnic and farming culture of Baldwin County. The museum was organized in April 1981 by a group of area residents in hopes of preserving artifacts, tools, machinery, etc. used by men and women who lived in Baldwin County before the turn of the century. We are located in Elberta. • Free admission to museum and grounds • Closed on Sunday-Tuesday • Special tours available by appointment More Info More Info

* All information contained in our database is supplied by the individual businesses to the AGCCVB for inclusion on our web site and in printed materials.
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