Gulf Shores with kids is always a good idea no matter what the age of your children. Even babies love the sensory experience of the sand and water! Our kids are growing up and at that stage where they’re still little but slightly less…hands-on.
Little enough to appreciate the wonder of simply enjoying the beach but big enough to get excited about new experiences. So during this Alabama Beaches trip, we did a little more than just hanging out at the resort.
Things to Do in Gulf Shores with Kids
- Gulf Adventure Center – Ziplining and paddleboarding are still a little advanced for our crew, but they really enjoyed being out on kayaks for the first time! You can rent tandem kayaks, or if your kids are too little to help with paddling, just ride them in front of you in your single kayak.
This Trip Advisor-ranked outdoor activity center is open all year round, 7 days per week, but it’s in danger of being shut down! Click here to sign the petition and use #keepGACopen on social media to spread the word about keeping this treasure open.
- Share The Beach – Another fabulous reason to #StayALBeaches is sea turtle hatching season! It’s often a matter of just being at the right place at the right time, but Share The Beach will sometimes post to their Facebook page before excavating a nest. And you might get as lucky as we did! Your kids will never forget the experience.
- Fort Morgan State Historic Site – There’s plenty of history, grounds to explore, a museum, and a beautiful beach at Fort Morgan State Historic Site. It’s just a 5 mile trip from The Beach Club so if you’re staying there, definitely don’t miss it!
Our kids are too little to appreciate most of the history, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying all the exploration.
The beach itself is worth the price of admission, especially if your resort doesn’t have beach access and you prefer more peace and quiet than the Gulf Shores public beach. Come and plan to spend the day! Snapped a picture of this Heron on the shore while we were there.
- Souvenir City – I have fond childhood memories of perusing the vast amount of seashells for sale here. We let our kids pick out a few shells for their teachers and choose a toy (but not a hermit crab this time.)
Souvenir City is iconic and nostalgic for many and if you’re an Alabama native you’ve probably owned an airbrushed t-shirt from here at one time or another. No time to shop? Get your picture made inside the shark mouth and load up on Pokeballs before you have to hit the road.