We were pleasantly surprised with how much we enjoyed our three day beach vacation here, and down below we share our tips on the fun things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, including where to eat and drink, and where to stay! 

Hang out on the beach

We know you’re here for a family beach vacation, so pack your lounge chairs, towels, and beach toys and find a spot on the miles of wide open Gulf Shores beaches and Orange Beach, Alabama. 

Learn How to Build Sandcastles at Sand Castle University

We spent an hour with Janel from Sand Castle University learning those techniques. She was an engaging teacher and wonderful with the girls. I loved hearing about how she has created a business around something she loves.

Bike Riding in Gulf State Park

We grabbed rental bikes from Mark at Beach Bike Rentals to explore one of the Back Country Trails. Mark was great at showing us the bike trail and pointing out various points of interest to see along the way like the osprey Nest and Lefty the alligator.

Make Bath Bomb

If you want to take a break from the beach and engage in a fun learning activity with your kids, head to Harmony Creek Farm for a bath bomb making lesson. 

The Gulf

The Guff has fused together everything that makes a beach bar great from the countries around the world who do them great. The menu has a Mexican flair with fresh and locally caught seafood – their fish burger is a winner! 

The Hangout

The Hangout inspiration came from the old boardwalk hangout that was here in the 50’s. You can see a photograph of it hanging on the wall.