The first week of June is a GREAT time to hit the beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Composed of beautiful beach areas such as Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach and Perdido Key (just over the state line in Florida), this area is a perfect place to kick off the family’s summer vacation.

And, when you take the kids to the beach right after school gets out, they’ll love talking about the fun activities and sharing their photos with friends. Maybe they’ll even thank you for the excitement all summer long! OK, maybe that’s taking it a little too far, but you get the point.

Here are a few activities locals suggest for your week at the beach!

Parasail Away With Me

Up, up and away! Get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful beach, boats in the water and calm surf from high in the air.

Several qualified and highly skilled parasail providers operate in the area and are ready to show you the sights!

Revitalized Gulf Shores Public Beach

With a brand new playground, shade cover and green spaces in addition to the wide, sugar-white beach that’s always been there, the Gulf Shores Public Beach Gulf Place access is a sight to behold.

Having recently undergone a major transformation to make it kid-friendly and comfortable for everyone, Gulf Place has become a hot spot for locals and visitors to gather. There’s even a new mat that allows wheelchair users to get right down onto the beach!

Play Some Mini Golf

After dinner one night, visit one of the area’s mini golf courses for a round or two. There’s Adventure Island in Orange Beach, with its smoke-spewing volcano and arcade; the course at The Wharf, where you could also Pirate’s Island in Gulf Shores, where every day is Pirate Day; The Track Family Recreation Center in Gulf Shores (a visit to this amusement park could be an all-afternoon activity); and Waterville USA, where you can play mini golf, zoom down water slides or laze around the lazy river.

Day Trip It To The Naval Aviation Museum

The National Naval Aviation Museum is less than an hour’s drive from the beaches of Gulf Shores and is more than worth the trip.

Regardless of whether there are kids, adults or seniors in your group, the museum is a perfect place to learn more about Naval aviation’s rich history.

The museum showcases more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation in its nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds.

Make an afternoon of it by browsing the aircraft and exhibits, seeing a movie in the Naval Aviation Memorial Giant Screen Theater, “flying” in one of the museum’s MaxFlight 360 Simulators, and “flying” with the Blue Angels in the new Blue Angels 4D Theater.

The Blues actually practice over the museum grounds May-November, so be sure to catch this amazing experience.

Stay in a family-friendly vacation rental for your vacation and have plenty of room for everyone. Privacy when you need to retreat, but plenty of space to bring everyone together!

Find your beach haven for the first week of June!