Take a road trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama

Ready for an unforgettable retreat with your family and friends? All roads lead to the Gulf Coast of Alabama, where you can enjoy the most modern activities or explore antiques and history, and learn all about alligators.

Delights Beyond the Beach

Countless activities beyond the shoreline are sure to keep the entire family entertained. Of course, your getaway will be filled with hours at the beach, but if you and your family are in the mood to take a short adventure just a few miles north of Pleasure Island, your vacation will be exponentially more rewarding. 

Turn a corner in Wales West Light Railway

Take a road trip to Gulf Shores, AlabamaTake a drive to Wales West Light Railway and before you know it, you'll enter into yet another family destination along Alabama's Gulf Coast. Here, you can take your kids on an exhilarating train ride or tap your toes during bluegrass concerts.

Walk through Alligator Alley

Just north of the coast you'll find Alligator Alley, where you and your kids can have a competition to see who can spot the most gators. The park opened in 2004, when Wes Moore decided to create a sanctuary for these dinosaur-like reptiles. Typically considered a nuisance among people who live in the area, gators are actually fascinating creatures, a fact that Moore definitely showcases at his park.

Vintage cars not required in Elberta

If you're in the mood for some antiquing, take the whole family to Elberta, which is located just a few miles north of your vacation home rental in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan or Orange Beach. In this charming town, you'll find everything antique, craftsy and artistic you could ever dream of, from colorful hanging jars (which would make a lovely patio decoration) to historical artifacts like horseshoes and spurs. A visit to the Baldwin County Heritage Museum provides a personalized view of the history of this area.

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At Pirate's Island Adventure Golf, The LaFitte course tends to be a little easier and the Blackbeard course somewhat more challenging, but you and your family are sure to find both thoroughly entertaining.

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Slow your pace as you float along throughout the park on the Crystal Waters Lazy River or test your surfing skills at the Flowrider.

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