When the entire family vacations in a Gulf Coast condo or beach house, rest assured that everyone from grandparents to little ones will be entertained during the entire vacation. Alabama and Florida's stunning Gulf Coast provides relaxing options to sit back and chill at the beach or gather your group for an unforgettable outing at amusement parks and nature reserves.

Not sure of your non-beach options while staying at the beach? Here are some activities the whole family can enjoy:

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

An amazing and rare opportunity to visit a nature reserve is only a 30-minute drive north of the beaches. At the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, which is located on 6,600 acres of protected land, every member of your family can get to know the local wildlife, from fish such as spotted seatrout and flounder to neotropical birds including the rose-
breasted grosbeak and great crested flycatcher.
There are educational programs nearly every day,
so the whole family can become experts on the Gulf Coast wilderness.

Alabama Gulf Coast Hot Air Ballooning

One of the best ways to experience this gorgeous region is to take a hot air balloon ride with the coast visible in the distance. This exhilarating ride is perfect for families who prefer thrilling adventures during their vacation. While you're up in the air, watch for Gulf Shores golf courses - you won't believe your eyes when you see how small they seem from the skies.

Waterville, USA

After spending hours at the beaches of Alabama's Gulf Coast, why not get your heart racing at Waterville, USA, the region's wet-and-wild water park? Featuring spectacular slides, wave pool, lazy river, Flowrider and even a wooden roller coaster, go-cart track and mini golf courses, Waterville USA will keep everyone entertained for hours.

The Amphitheater at The Wharf

Located along the Intracoastal Waterway in Orange Beach, the Amphitheater at The Wharf hosts numerous concerts and events throughout the year, featuring a variety of musical entertainment from Ringo Starr and Lynard Skynard to Jason Mraz and Miranda Lambert.  There are no bad seats in the house among the 10,000 options, since two massive high-definition screens make it possible for you and your family to get a close-up view of the show.

No matter what you plan on doing during your stay at a Gulf Shores area vacation rental, your family will find plenty to do from the first moment you arrive to the time you pack up and head home.