Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Adventures in Learning

on Alabama’s Beaches

An education doesn't only happen in a traditional classroom. Leave those four walls behind because on the Alabama Gulf Coast a classroom comes in all shapes and sizes. One day you may get a lesson in marine biology at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, complete with touch tanks and a walk through a maritime forest. The next, you and the kids may find yourself exploring a nearly 200-year-old fort and watching re-enactments of some of the South's most storied military battles. Kids learn the most amazing things when they're having fun!

The entire family can enjoy a homeschool vacation or field trip on Alabama's beaches. When the kids ask, "Where are we going next?" what they're really asking is, "What can we learn next?" By spending your morning learning how to create a blown-glass ornament and your afternoon wading through the surf in search of sand dollars, hermit crabs and other interesting sea creatures, you've fully submerged yourself into an interactive and engaging edutainment experience.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is a natural choice for adventures in learning. After all, the world is your oyster, and Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is your classroom!



 
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"As a homeschooling family, we tend to seek educational opportunities outside textbooks. We look for interesting and fun activities that educate our children and create family memories at the same time. The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area is our favorite destination for this. It truly has something to interest each member of the family, and there is always something new to explore and experience on each visit. From nature to art to history to family memories on the beach, Gulf Shores has it all!"
~ Marci Goodwin
The Homeschool Scientist 


"For our homeschooling family, learning looks a lot like playing, which is why we love taking our classroom to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. From beach explorations, to dolphin sightings to historic Fort Morgan or the lemur experience at the zoo, every activity is a learning opportunity disguised in a sunny package of fun!"
~ Samantha Nelson
Those Crazy Nelsons 


"There's so much to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to stimulate your homeschooler's mind! My family loved the unique animal encounter experiences at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Petting a baby tiger and having a lemur jump on my daughter's head are memories she will not forget - and that help solidify the facts she's learned about these animals. There's also Fort Morgan where we learned a lot about the Civil War history of Alabama's Gulf Coast. And even a day at the beach is educational - learning WHY Alabama has such sugar-white sandy beaches or experiencing a fishing charter are excellent ways to slip in some school!"
~Shannon Entin
The TV Traveler 

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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
Meaher State Park
5200 Battleship Parkway E.
Spanish Fort, AL 36577
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This 1,327-acre park is situated in the wetlands of the Mobile Delta and is a day-use, picnicking and scenic park with modern camping hook-ups for overnight visitors. Meaher’s boat ramp and fishing pier will appeal to every fisherman. The park offers a 300-foot pier with a 200-foot "T" for your fishing pleasure. Access to the pier is included in the park admission fee. Enjoy a self-guided walk on two nature trails including a boardwalk with an up-close view of the beautiful Mobile Delta. 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
Lost Bay Helicopters
1215 Commerce Dr.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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We are a veteran owned and operated helicopter company located in Gulf Shores. We offer breathtaking beach tours, romantic sunset flights, skydiving and thrilling yet comfortable rides for adults and children of all ages. For the really adventurous, take the controls during a flight lesson. We also take custom requests where we will tailor the experience specifically for you whether that be a business event or surprise proposal. Our highly-skilled pilots are dedicated to making sure you have a memorable and safe experience. More Info More Info
Historic Blakeley State Park
34745 State Hwy. 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36577
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Historic Blakeley State Park encompasses over 2,100 acres of the largest National Register Historic Site in the eastern United States. The park's grounds include the site of the last major battle of the Civil War, including several miles of unspoiled Confederate and Union fortifications associated with the Battle of Fort Blakeley of April 9, 1865; the site and remnants of the important early Alabama town of Blakeley; colonial era homesteads, and evidence of American Indian habitation from the Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, and Historic periods. More Info More Info
Graham Creek Nature Preserve
23030 Wolf Bay Dr.
Foley, AL 36535
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Graham Creek Nature Preserve is home to hundreds of plant and wildlife species. This 500-acre nature park offering passive recreation opportunities and educational programs. We have a handicap accessible boardwalk and tree grove and multiple trails for walking, hiking, dog walking and bird watching. Pine savanna habitat features wild flowers and pitcher plants. Bring your gear and hit the water from our kayak launch or play on three disc golf courses, archery park and playground. Restrooms, outdoor classroom, pavilion and Interpretive Center. More Info More Info
Gulf Coast Ducks
2703 Battleship Pkwy.
Mobile, AL 36601
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This hilarious yet informative adventure covers local tales, some tall, as well as exciting stories about the USS ALABAMA, Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile Bay, the Port of Mobile, and much more! This duck boat tour is sure to exceed your expectations. Be wildly entertained as our energetic tour guides bring hilarity and fun to this interactive tour. Our tours leave out of The Fort of Colonial Mobile. We offer group tours, annual and day passes, and many other options. Bring your family to explore with us! 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
With more than 150 interactive exhibits, thought-provoking larger-than-life IMAX films, and fun, hands-on educational programming, we aspire to increase science literacy among the people of south Alabama and the Gulf Coast region. More Info More Info
Gulf Shores Helicopter Tours
1215 Commerce Dr
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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We offer Civil War and historical tours, sea life and beachside helicopter rides. This is an excellent and exciting adventure that is perfect for families living in and visiting the destination. Our morning flights depart from Gulf Air Center at Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores while our afternoon flights leave from our Orange Beach location in front of Caribe Resort. Our flights from Gulf Shores can be booked by appointment only. Our Orange Beach flights go out every day of the week. 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

* 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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Education

Adventures in Learning

on Alabama’s Beaches

An education doesn't only happen in a traditional classroom. Leave those four walls behind because on the Alabama Gulf Coast a classroom comes in all shapes and sizes. One day you may get a lesson in marine biology at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, complete with touch tanks and a walk through a maritime forest. The next, you and the kids may find yourself exploring a nearly 200-year-old fort and watching re-enactments of some of the South's most storied military battles. Kids learn the most amazing things when they're having fun!

The entire family can enjoy a homeschool vacation or field trip on Alabama's beaches. When the kids ask, "Where are we going next?" what they're really asking is, "What can we learn next?" By spending your morning learning how to create a blown-glass ornament and your afternoon wading through the surf in search of sand dollars, hermit crabs and other interesting sea creatures, you've fully submerged yourself into an interactive and engaging edutainment experience.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is a natural choice for adventures in learning. After all, the world is your oyster, and Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is your classroom!



 
Alabama's Beaches Nature Lesson

Coastal Culture on Alabama's Beaches

Alabama's Beaches History Lesson

Order a Vacation Guide

What People
Are Saying

"As a homeschooling family, we tend to seek educational opportunities outside textbooks. We look for interesting and fun activities that educate our children and create family memories at the same time. The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area is our favorite destination for this. It truly has something to interest each member of the family, and there is always something new to explore and experience on each visit. From nature to art to history to family memories on the beach, Gulf Shores has it all!"
~ Marci Goodwin
The Homeschool Scientist 


"For our homeschooling family, learning looks a lot like playing, which is why we love taking our classroom to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. From beach explorations, to dolphin sightings to historic Fort Morgan or the lemur experience at the zoo, every activity is a learning opportunity disguised in a sunny package of fun!"
~ Samantha Nelson
Those Crazy Nelsons 


"There's so much to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to stimulate your homeschooler's mind! My family loved the unique animal encounter experiences at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Petting a baby tiger and having a lemur jump on my daughter's head are memories she will not forget - and that help solidify the facts she's learned about these animals. There's also Fort Morgan where we learned a lot about the Civil War history of Alabama's Gulf Coast. And even a day at the beach is educational - learning WHY Alabama has such sugar-white sandy beaches or experiencing a fishing charter are excellent ways to slip in some school!"
~Shannon Entin
The TV Traveler 

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The American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA)
One Academy Dr.
Daphne, AL 36526
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Founded in 1984, the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) is dedicated to the preservation of sports art, history and literature. The ASAMA collection, located on the campus of the United States Sports Academy, is composed of more than 1,800 pieces across all media, including paintings, sculptures, assemblages, prints, posters and photography. The collection is believed to be the largest of sport art in North America and possibly the world. Visit us today and plan to spend a few hours exploring and discovering everything. More Info More Info
The Estuarium at The Dauphin Island Sea Lab
101 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
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(866) 403-4409
At The Estuarium on Dauphin Island, you will get a hands-on learning experience exploring the habitats of coastal Alabama. It is also the fourth largest estuary system in the United States. Enjoy the educational and informative exhibit hall and the “oh-so-cool” sting ray touch pool. Adventure onto the scenic, living marsh boardwalk and learn about the more than 100 local species of plants and animals on display. Visit with your friends and family today for an educational yet fun experience like no other. More Info More Info
The Fort of Colonial Mobile
150 S. Royal Street
Mobile, AL 36602
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Colonial Mobile sits on the site of a historic fort built in the early 1700’s and celebrates our French, Spanish, British and American heritage. Tour the interactive exhibits that highlight the history of the Fort and don’t miss the Fife and Drum band, cannon firing and live action characters representing real people who lived in Colonial Mobile. Other not to miss places are the Colonial Cafe, Trading Post, Colonial Photo Booth, Breakout Room and shooting gallery. Visit and relive the history of The Fort of Colonial Mobile today! More Info More Info
The Richards DAR House Museum
256 North Joachim Street
Mobile, AL 36603
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The Richards DAR House Museum, a beautiful Italianate style town home built in 1860 by a local riverboat captain. Carrara marble adorns mantels, massive bronze and brass chandeliers with ruby red bohemian glass. All reflect the ambiance of the era and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Richards House is closed on Tuesday, open Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun. 1 – 4 p.m. Visit our website http://www.richardsdarhouse.com More Info More Info
Sea Oat Studio
1009 E. Canal Rd.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Visit the Sea Oat Studio today to pick up your next masterpiece. Whether you are looking for a gift for someone special or something unique for your home or office, we have it all. Featuring nationally recognized master potters from Gulf Shores, the Sea Oat Studio specializes in wood-fired and electric-fired stoneware pottery and sculptures. Come visit us and take home a one of a kind creation today. Your friends will ooh and aah over the beauty, and you will stare at your new artwork for hours on end too. More Info More Info
Ocean Camp Marine Center
4776 Main Street L210
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Ocean Camp offers environmental marine education camps and school field trips for children ages 5-13. Groups of 20 or less are welcome at the indoor center while groups over 25 can be accommodated at one of our Gulf Coast beaches nearby. Located at The Wharf, Ocean Camp Marine Center is open to the public with events related to environmental marine education. The marine center is a perfect learning space with aquariums and encounters with local marine life, centers for environmental learning, a media room plus games to enjoy! 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
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
Meaher State Park
5200 Battleship Parkway E.
Spanish Fort, AL 36577
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This 1,327-acre park is situated in the wetlands of the Mobile Delta and is a day-use, picnicking and scenic park with modern camping hook-ups for overnight visitors. Meaher’s boat ramp and fishing pier will appeal to every fisherman. The park offers a 300-foot pier with a 200-foot "T" for your fishing pleasure. Access to the pier is included in the park admission fee. Enjoy a self-guided walk on two nature trails including a boardwalk with an up-close view of the beautiful Mobile Delta. 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

* 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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