The Dauphin Island Sea Lab
This estuarium teaches young and old about the local ecosystems. In the exhibit hall, you can see 100 species in the lab’s 31 aquariums. If you want more hands-on activities, the estuarium’s key feature is a 7,000-gallon stingray touch pool. Go outside and enjoy the Living Marsh Boardwalk and learn about the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
Fat Daddy’s Arcade
Get lost in the more than 80 games at Fat Daddy’s Arcade. A concession stand with pizza and candy will keep you feeling energized for more games. Collect your tickets and head to a redemption counter. Monster Drop Extreme, the Wizard of Oz, Stacker, Spongebob pusher, and Deal or No Deal are just a few of the gaming options. If you’re looking for a specific game, the arcade’s website offers an updated list of games offered.
Coastal Arts Center
The Coastal Arts Center offers the chance to view some of Alabama’s art and take a swing at making your own. Make your own glass piece in the Hot Shop, where you can also watch glass blowing demonstrations. The Clay Studio offers clay art production demonstrations and gives you the chance to make your own clay art. The center also has a gift shop and offers adult and kids art classes.
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
This zoo is cheekily called “the little zoo that could,” but don’t let that fool you. It may be small in size, but visitors get to see animals as big as tigers, kangaroos, bears, leopards and wolves. There are more than 500 exotic animals at the Gulf Coast Zoo. You can even get up close and personal with sloths, kangaroos, lemurs and tamanduas.
The Factory Gulf Shores
Get your adrenaline pumping and get ready for the Factory. Giant trampolines, foam pits, a trapeze and a mega slide will give you the funniest workout you can imagine. You can even live out your childhood dream of being a ninja in the ninja obstacle course. Ready to get competitive? Try extreme dodgeball!