Want to head to the Alabama Gulf Coast on your fall school break, but don’t know what you’ll do once you get here? No worries. There are plenty of Gulf Shores family activities all year ‘round to keep the whole family entertained. In fact, don’t tell anyone, but fall is a favorite season at the beach for locals! This handy list should give you a good idea of some of the many Gulf Shores attractions and activities you can enjoy during fall break in Gulf Shores.
Back Bay Sailing Adventures
5749 Bay La Launch Ave., Orange Beach, AL
Who’s ready to kick back and relax on a sunset sail? Who isn’t? Fall is the perfect still time to take a dolphin cruise or sail along the back bays of Orange Beach with Back Bay Sailing Adventures. You can swim, paddle board and even go to a marina for drinks. You set the agenda, they can make it happen.
Coastal Segway Adventures
20115 AL-135, Gulf Shores, AL
Get some fresh air along with a little exercise while learning about nature with Coastal Segway Adventures. The two-hour guided Segway tours takes you through the beautiful Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Explore the untouched beauty of the diverse environment along its many trails.
Coastal Kayak Excursions
28101 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL
Take a leisurely ride into Wolf Bay aboard a 40-foot pontoon boat. Then, hit the backwaters on kayaks to see wildlife up close and personal. It’s relaxing, beautiful, and you might even get a friendly dolphin to come along on your tour.
The Hot Shop or Clay Studio
26389 Canal Road, Orange Beach
Get creative on your beach vacation at the Coastal Arts Center’s Hot Shop or Clay Studio. Both offer lessons, or watch others turn molten glass into a masterpiece. Or, take hand-building, glaze or pottery throwing classes. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed on Saturday and Sunday, and during Thanksgiving holidays.
Orange Beach Helicopter Tours
28273 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL
Get a bird’s eye view of the beach with a family-friendly excursion with Orange Beach Helicopter Tours. The company offers multiple family-friendly tours including the Beach Tour. Check out nearly seven miles of beachfront aerial tours, or the longer Round the Island tour.
1501 S. OWA Blvd., Foley, AL
Discover your new favorite spot at OWA in Foley. With more than 20 thrilling rides for kids of all ages, The Park at OWA is sure to be a family favorite. Downtown OWA, which is free, offers shopping and dining in the atmosphere of a charming Southern town. Fall hours are 4 to 8 p.m. on Fridays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. The parks is closed Monday through Thursday. On Monday, Nov. 12, the park is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be open 4-8 p.m. Nov. 19-22 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Sand Castle University
Various locations, Gulf Shores, AL
Learn from the experts with a personalized class from Sand Castle University. They’ll bring the equipment and come right to your beach house or condo for a sandcastle building workshop. The pros specialize in teaching the best tips and tricks of building amazing sandcastles to groups of all ages and skill levels. Just call and set up a time.
1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL
When the kids need to spend a little extra energy, take them for a round of mini-golf at Tiki’s during a fall break in Gulf Shores. For just $5 you can play under the shade of oak trees. Hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day of the week. Bonus! Tiki’s is a pet-friendly Gulf Shores attraction!
3200 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL
Feel the need for speed? Head to the The Track Family Fun Park to get the adrenaline pumping. The park offers several go-kart tracks along with an arcade, kids rides, bumper boats and more. You’ll find all the fun at the track with a fall break in Gulf Shores. October hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Starting Oct. 31, hours are 12 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. While the park is closed on Thanksgiving Day, it stays open until 7 p.m. during the week of Thanksgiving.
23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach, AL
Whether you want to chow down on delicious menu choices, relax at a spa or shop a collection of unique and eclectic shops, The Wharf is a great spot. There’s also plenty of entertainment with an arcade, movie theater, miniature golf and even a Ferris wheel. During the holidays, check for special Gulf Shores family activities like the ice skating rink and petting zoo.