Look to the skies for a winter vacation pick-me-up.

Although most vacationers would not consider Gulf Shores to be a top travel destination during the wintertime, they will come to find that Alabama has even more to offer once the temperature drops. While wading in the water may not be as tempting, other activities can keep your family entertained.

Wintertime fun on Gulf Shores - no water required

Even paradise has to have a chilly day or two. Gulf Shores is no exception. Although the balmy waters of Alabama have a lot to offer vacationers throughout the year, providing them with numerous aquatic activities, there may be some instances when travelers want to find some adventurous alternatives.

Granted, if you and your family are visiting the area, then you are probably hoping to squeeze in as much Gulf time as you can get. Who could blame you? The shores of this state are the place to be, and, with a little bit of creativity, you can easily come across ways to stay entertained.

The wintertime weather often presents travelers with the chance to stick to the beach and fly some kites. With Gulf breezes never far away, the seasonal conditions are ideal for letting your kites soar into the sky.

Let's Fly A Kite

Look to the skies for a winter vacation pick-me-up.

One such family that has capitalized on the breezy winter weather is the Fitches. These Northern Alabama natives like to frolic on the beach with their tethered spindles in hand.

"We started the day flying kites," said Steven Fitch, who had taken his two daughters on an Alabama outing. "It wasn't much of a challenge. We just let the kites go and they were up."

Further down the road, visitors can enjoy a friendly game of bingo. At the Flora-Bama Lounge, winter residents and vacationers alike can partake in community activities, sharing plates of oysters all the while. Now what could be a more authentic coastal experience than that?

See The Water From The Sky

If you and your family want to take a break from the beach for a little while, then there are definitely opportunities for you to do so. Get everyone's adrenaline pumping with a visit to the Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park.

On the Center's Hummingbird Ziplines, you can make your Alabama trip more than memorable, having the kids talking about it for years to come. Securely suspended 90 feet above your head, the course is made up of six zip lines, whose lengths add up to a total of a mile.

While the rush alone will be enough to amaze you, the breathtaking view may send you overboard with excitement. Because the zip line is so high off the ground, you can witness a true panorama of the wonders of the Gulf Shores area. You can drink in the views of everything - from the stark white sand dunes to the bright blue waters – thanks to this unique vantage point.

Have you already tackled your fair share of zip lines? Well, in all likelihood, you and your family members have yet to experience one of these thrilling rides at nighttime. The Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park features these aerial trips during the day, at sunset and even after dark so you can take in Alabama in a whole different light. 

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