Looking for an adventure on the gulf? While it may be tempting to spend the entire day lying in the sand and soaking up the sun, you can easily get an adrenaline kick by participating in any number of water sports in the area. Fit for families with members of all ages, these sports will have guests staying at Gulf Shores area beach rentals talking about their vacation for years to come.

Parasailing above Orange Beach

Hit the waves in Gulf Shores and Orange BeachWhat could be better than witnessing the waters off Gulf Shores and Orange Beach from a bird's-eye view? On a parasailing ride, which holds up to three passengers at a time, you'll have the chance to experience a thrilling adventure in the skies as you careen over the stunning coastline. Orange Beach Parasail and Chute 'Em Up Parasail, both in Orange Beach, are good choices for families staying at any of the vacation rentals located along the coast.

Have a large family? Charter the boat for several hours and sit comfortably as everyone takes a turn floating through the skies.

Kayaking at Gulf Shores with Go Go Kayaks

It may not be easy to find time to kayak when at home, but your vacation provides the time, and equipment rental is easy. Local businesses such as Go Go Kayaks can outfit your group of any size and skill level, including first-timers. You can rent the kayaks for a few hours to as much as a week, and as soon as you take to the waters, you'll realize why this is such a popular activity in the gulf and bay waters. Bonus: Entire pods of dolphins often make their way to the shores for warmer waters, giving you the rare chance to witness them jump and play just a few feet from your kayak or canoe.

Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Perdido Key . . . across the island, there is never a shortage of opportunities for water fun.