Working and attending school virtually have become more commonplace for many people who may find themselves able to set up an office or school from just about anywhere.

If this is true for you, why not set up shop at the beach? After all, beach condos and houses are typically set up with wireless, high-speed Internet service, have plenty of space to spread out on dining tables or eat-in kitchen bars. Some even offer the perfect nook or cranny to quietly work or participate in Zoom meetings.

When you or the kids find yourselves suffering from Zoom zone-out, do not fret. There are plenty of activities to enjoy along the beautiful Gulf Coast of Alabama and Northwest Florida—chief among them playing at the beach.

When the kids crave something a little different than time playing at the beach, consider these kid-focused parks, with structures they can climb, swing on, run through and around, and in general work out some of that boundless energy!

The Gulf Shores Kids Park, located at 348 West 19th Avenue near the Bodenhamer Recreation Center is open daily until dusk. There is plenty of shade, ample parking, grills, a large picnic pavilion and lots of space for the kids to run.

When you want to keep social activities outdoors, the picnic pavilion is perfect for a birthday party, family reunion and other events.

A unique aspect of this venue is the 6,500-square-foot outdoor skate park with 10 concrete modular skate ramps designed for beginning through advanced skaters. The park is lighted for nighttime skating, and picnic tables are available. The skate park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

Another playground option with plenty of room for the kids to have fun is Meyer Park. Meyer Park features picnic shelters and tables, playground equipment, open grass fields and horseshoe pits. This park is located at 400 East 22nd Ave.

The Edward H. Carroll Sr. Kids Park in Orange Beach, part of Waterfront Park, is more than a fun playground area. On site you will find a 400-foot fishing pier with covered pavilions and seating, picnic shelters with grills, restrooms, a paved walking path and plenty of parking. The fenced kids park is lighted and contains slides, swings and climbing areas.

Next door to this park area is the Orange Beach Coastal Arts Center, which overlooks Wolf Bay and is a popular site for a variety of events. It’s also a beautiful spot for photos, especially when the sun sets below the horizon over the bay. It’s a sight to behold, as you swing peacefully in the porch swing by the water.

The Coastal Arts Center features a hot shop and clay studio offering limited one-on-one classes where you may create your own piece of art. Other available glass and pottery activities include fused glass suncatcher projects and pick-n-paint pottery. You must call for an appointment. Free to children and families are scavenger hunts organized by the staff.

While not a park or playground, the Hugh S. Branyon Back Country Trail Complex consists of 15 different trails that comprise 25 miles of paved trails within Gulf State Park. There are areas for biking, jogging, walking, skating rock climbing, plant and tree identification, photography and more. There’s even a butterfly garden!


A Gulf-front beach house or condo would be a fantastic spot to serve as your work or school away from home.