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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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
Mobile Symphony Orchestra
257 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL 36602
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Mobile Symphony is the leading provider of orchestral music in the Gulf Coast region and the largest performing arts organization in southwest Alabama. We have several performances scheduled throughout the year. We also provide educational programs for children, teens and adults in the community. We want everyone to access what we are offer, so we also have $15 round trip bus transportation to and from all symphony concerts, excluding special events. Visit our website to learn more, then come experience the power of music. More Info More Info
26 Hoffren Drive
Fairhope, AL 36533
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Just for the fun of it! We've got more than 25 years of planning and conducting private bus trips across fabulous Coastal Alabama for convention, business and social groups. Our package tours showcase the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Mobile Bay and Tensaw Delta areas. Choose from Historic, Nature and Whimsy tour themes or design a specialized tour just for you, whether for foodies, military buffs or fun-seekers. Tours of four hours or more. Large and small groups. Step-on guide services available for any group. More Info More Info
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, INC.
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

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