8 Awesome Family Attractions in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

Gulf Shores beaches

There’s no better place for families to enjoy fun in the sun than the Alabama Gulf Coast. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are popular beach destinations that boast stunning coastal scenes and amazing attractions in a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. Whether you’re coming to relax and unwind, enjoy heart-stopping thrills, catch some waves or explore coastal ecosystems, you’ll find an abundance of awesome family attractions to help you enjoy your best family vacation yet.

The Beach.

Our beautiful world-class beaches are by far our most popular attraction. The area boasts over 30 miles of pristine shoreline where families can play in sugar-white sands, swim in bright turquoise waters, search for seashells, snooze in the sun, and enjoy a blissful beach experience. Many homes and condos are just steps from the beach and both cities work hard to keep all areas clean, safe, and appropriate for families of all ages.

The Park at OWA.

The area’s newest amusement park features more than 20 thrilling rides for all ages, from high-speed coasters to gentle carousels and more. Guests can race, twist, turn, drop, soar, and scream their way through all of them for just $24.99 per person (or FREE if you stay with Aqua Vacation Rentals!).

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

Our newly-built, 25-acre zoo is home to more than 200 species of native, exotic and endangered animals. The zoo’s modern design is perfect for families, featuring wide pathways, ample benches and picnic areas, spacious exhibits with unimpeded views, and fun family activities. Don’t miss your chance to kiss a kangaroo or snuggle a baby sloth in a personal Animal Encounter!

The Wharf.

Visit Orange Beach’s premiere entertainment district to shop local boutiques, enjoy world-class dining, catch a show or concert, wander through the boats in the marina, or take a ride on one of the southeast’s tallest Ferris wheels.

Charter Fishing.

Cast a line for family fun on a chartered fishing trip. These exciting tours include both inshore and offshore fishing and teach anglers of all ages to land iconic fish like Red Snapper, Amberjack, Atlantic Sailfish, Tuna and more. You’ll make priceless family memories and may even get to keep and clean your catch for a memorable family meal!

Boating Excursions.

Getting out on the Gulf is a must-do adventure for families visiting the area. There are countless ways to explore our vibrant waterways by boat, from dolphin cruises to nature tours to sailing excursions and more. There are many companies in the area that offer a variety of boating tours led by expert local guides who can give you a fun and in-depth look at our coastal landscapes!


Why just swim in the Gulf of Mexico when you can soar above it? Parasailing is a fun - and safe - aerial adventure that offers stunning panoramic views of the beach, the rolling waves, and the marine life that calls our area home. As a bonus, a trip with Blue Sky Parasailing is one of our complimentary attractions for Aqua Vacation Rentals guests!


Gulf State Park.


Square between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach lies Gulf State Park, one of our greatest attractions for outdoor enthusiasts. The 6,150-acre park offers a great glimpse of life on the Gulf Coast with two miles of public beaches, a fishing and education pier, miles of vibrant nature trails that wind through nine unique ecosystems, an interactive nature center, a large public lake, and so much more.

No matter which activities suit your style, Aqua Vacation Rentals can help you craft an amazing beach experience for your entire family. Guests that stay in our vacation properties don’t only enjoy a comfortable and convenient home away from home, but each booking receives one complimentary admission to some of the most popular Orange Beach and Gulf Shores attractions! Visit us online to book your stay today.