The South is brimming with history! To spend some time educating yourself and your children about the history of the U.S. and cultures around the world, take the entire family to Mobile, just a short drive from your Gulf Shores beach house rental. Below are a few museums you may want to consider:

USS Alabama Battleship

Absorb some history and culture at Mobile museumsEver wondered what it might have been like for sailors serving in the armed forces? The USS Alabama Battleship at Battleship Parkway in Mobile is a great place to get started on your educational journey through our nation's history. You'll have the chance to walk through the ship on your own or tour the interior with the help of a guide who will be happy to answer your questions about the ship's illustrious past.

Gulf Coast Exploreum

To explore the exciting worlds of health, chemistry, engineering, technology, the animal kingdom and more, plan a day at the Gulf Coast Exploreum. With exhibitions catering to young minds just waiting to absorb more knowledge - and including hands-on experiences - this inspiring science museum is an ideal place for the family members of all ages.

Mobile Museum of Art

The permanent collection at the Mobile Museum of Art is most impressive, inviting patrons to learn more about not only local history, but also international art and design. At the Smith Crafts Gallery, for example, you will discover pieces of 19th- and 20th-century ceramics, silver and wood. Surrounded by so many gorgeous items, your children may be inspired to become artists themselves.

So plan now for a getaway that includes grandparents, parents and children. Take a look at the 4-bedroom condos that offer plenty of space for a few days of relaxation and family bonding at the beach. You may even call it your best vacation ever!