From animal encounters to go-karts and kayaking in the Gulf, Gulf Shores is a hub for kid-friendly activities and attractions. During your next Alabama Gulf Coast getaway, don’t miss out on the biggest area attractions that all ages will enjoy.
Discover the top things to do in Gulf Shores with kids that will leave lasting memories for the entire family!
Visit the Beach
The inviting emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the white, sandy beaches are the perfect mix for family fun. Build a sandcastle, search for shells and shark teeth, or just relax by the water. You can’t go wrong with a day at the beach!
Rent a Kayak or Paddleboard
Looking for a little more beachfront excitement? Head to Perdido Beach Services at The Beach Club Resort in Gulf Shores or Turquoise Place Resort in Orange Beach for kayak and paddleboard rentals. You can rent by the hour or for the entire day.
Splish and Splash at Waterville USA
Waterville USA is more than a waterpark. This kid-friendly destination features 12 unique waterpark attractions including thrilling slides, splash houses for kids, and a lazy river, and is also home to an arcade, a surfing simulator, mini golf, and go-karts! Kids will have a blast at this 20-acre water and amusement park. For more information and ticket prices, contact (251) 948-2106.
Go-karts, Mini Golf, and Arcade Games at The Track
Burn some rubber at The Track in Gulf Shores! The Track boasts several go-kart tracks for all ages, including Kiddie Karts, Rookie Karts, and a Family Track that includes double karts. Did we mention The Track is also home to a kid’s Ferris wheel, train ride, bumper boats, mini golf, and an arcade featuring over 50 games? Head to The Track for family fun! Call (251) 270-0209 for more details.
Visit Fort Morgan
Travel to the tip of the Scenic Fort Morgan Peninsula to explore the Fort Morgan Historic Site. Built between 1819 and 1833, Fort Morgan has played a prominent role in several war-time conflicts including the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864. All ages will learn something new and experience a piece of Alabama history when they visit this historic site.
Enjoy Family Fun at Lulu’s
Lulu’s Gulf Shores serves up delicious seafood fare and American classics in a fun, family-friendly setting that includes an arcade, nightly live music, and two outdoor ropes courses. Lulu’s has several menus, including several allergy-safe menus. Scrumptious bites include seafood baskets, salads, burgers, and several options just for kids. For more information, call (251) 967-5858.
Gulf State Park Pier Fishing
The Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier is the largest pier on the Gulf of Mexico and Alabama’s only public pier on the Gulf. The pier offers many spots for casting a line into the sea and the opportunity to catch native saltwater fish! The pier has its own tackle shop where visitors can purchase a fishing license, rod and reel rentals, and tackle. The pier also has several seating areas.
Go Wild at the Zoo
Discover the exotic creatures at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores. The zoo is a popular spot for families, and kids will have a chance to get a closer look at some of the world’s most well-known animals including kangaroos, sloths, lemurs, and reptiles. Tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3 through 12. Children ages 2 and under are free. Call (251) 968-5732 for more details.
Ride the Ferris wheel at The Wharf
Take a quick trip to Orange Beach to ride the Ferris wheel. One of the tallest Ferris wheels on the Gulf Coast, this family-friendly attraction provides phenomenal views of the surrounding area day and night. If you’re looking for a little more thrill, The Wharf also boasts Hummingbird Ziplines. The Wharf is also home to several shops and restaurants including Dippin’ Dots and Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Set Sail on a Dolphin Cruise
While you’re at The Wharf, venture over to Marina Excursions where you can sail to sea in search of dolphins and other marine wildlife during a Dolphin and Sunset Excursion. The boat includes restrooms, a snack bar, and an air-conditioned cabin. These 1.5-hour cruises are sure to provide an unforgettable experience! Admission is $22 for adults, $18 for children ages 4-12, and children ages 3 and under are free. Contact (251) 589-7117 for more information.