5 Must Do Unique Activities for Your Family Beach Vacation

Most visitors come to the Alabama Gulf Coast to spend as much time as possible soaking up the sun and relaxing on the beach. With the sugar-white sand and the beautiful Gulf waters, what else can you ask for? As we see much too often, visitors absorb as much sun as they can on their first couple days in town. But on the third, fourth and fifth day, the sun has taken its toll and the kids are waterlogged. In order to keep it interesting, here are a few ways to keep the kids entertained off the beach. Our Orange Beach and Gulf Shores resorts for families are centrally located to many great attractions and things to do.

Sail Wild Hearts Dolphin Cruises

Have you ever wanted to take a boat ride but don’t have a boat? Enjoy some time on the water by taking advantage of a dolphin cruise. Go sightseeing on the back bays of Orange Beach. Sail Wild Hearts, located in Orange Beach, offers a journey aboard a 53-foot, open-ocean catamaran for daily dolphin cruises. Contact (251) 981-6700 for more details.

Hunt for Treasure on a Pirate Ship Cruise

Skull Harbor offers a unique Pirate Ship Adventure aboard the American Star which features a celebration of the gold recovery with a water gun battle, a hunt for the lost treasure, and face-paintings. Spend two hours discovering the lost gold of Pirate’s Cove and listen to true stories of secret treasure maps and the journey of Captain ShiverMeFingers and Captain Edmund IronLeg. Call (251) 981-4127 for more information.

Explore the Coast By Bike

After seeing the area through the eyes of a pirate, try seeing it through the eyes of a cyclist. Beach Bike Rentals has daily and weekly bicycle rentals with three bicycle choices to choose from. Mother nature has blessed the Alabama Gulf Coast with natural beauty so avoid the highways and cycle through The Backcountry Trail, Gulf State Park or the bike path on Fort Morgan Road. For rental information, call (251) 968-1770.

Alabama Gulf Coast Sightseeing

If you are looking to sightsee and relax at the same time, look into the Guided Eco-Tours provided by the City of Orange Beach. For only $15 per person, a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide will show you around the natural habitats on a covered electric cart. Contact (251) 981-1063 for further information.

Soar Above the Coast on a Helicopter Tour

If you are a thrill seeker looking to get a bird’s eye view of the Gulf Coast, don’t miss out on a helicopter tour with Orange Beach Helicopter Tours. Make a memory of a lifetime and fly the big blue sky in a nimble open-air helicopter. Tourists and locals can take advantage of this great attraction with Beach, Sea Life, and Round the Island tours available, to name a few. Call (855) 496-2747 for more details on tours.

If you have experienced any of our recommendations, we would love to hear your feedback or additional unique activity recommendations. And remember, just because you are not on the beach, doesn’t mean you don’t have to wear sunscreen.


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4 Reasons to Book Your Beach Vacation in Advance

Looking to get away? We suggest getting a jumpstart on your beach vacation by booking ahead of time! There are many benefits to booking your accommodations early including meeting your travel goals as well as your budget. For families, couples, groups and solo travelers, planning a vacation requires optimal time to get the best deal possible. That’s why we have great Orange Beach and Gulf Shores vacation tips to give you.

We have composed a list of 4 reasons to book your vacation in advance by providing you with information on the ideal time to reserve your condo at the beach.

Sought After Units Go First

turquoise condo interior

Don’t procrastinate if you want to get the best price on the most sought after vacation rental. You will have a larger selection of accommodations to choose from the earlier you book. Condos are typically decorated by the owner so there is a wide range of styles to choose from. Some of the decorations are modern and up-to-date and those are the condos that are selected first.

Rates Change with Occupancy

In the vacation rental industry, rates go up as occupancy goes up. Some travelers who visit the same location book their accommodations a year in advance. We suggest making your reservation as far in advance as possible so you can get the best possible rate. Condos normally do not offer last minute deals like hotels unless it is the shoulder season.

Book Early to Start Planning

mother and child having fun in the pool

Planning your vacation ahead of time gives you ample time to select the most desirable lodging options in ideal locations. Once you choose a location, then you can start researching activities, excursions, and nearby restaurants. Planning ahead allows you to concentrate on planning other aspects of your beach vacation once you have selected your accommodations.

Avoid Cancellation Penalties

Some vacation rental companies allow you to make reservations with no money down when booked in advance. If you are required to make a deposit, we recommend reviewing the cancellation policy to avoid losing money. We suggest you seek out the rental companies that let you book with no money down and allow you to cancel up to two weeks before your arrival date without a penalty in case your plans change.

Avoid stress and get the best rates and the most desirable condo by booking your stay in advance. Don’t wait until the last minute to plan a vacation you daydream about all winter long. Take your time and research an ideal location for you and your family!


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