My sister and her husband are taking their kids to Gulf Shores & Orange Beach next week, and I have to say I’m a little jealous—for obvious reasons, of course, but also because they’re going to Waterville USA. I don’t care how old you are, waterslides and wave pools are just fun. And with the heat of late spring/early summer taking over, it’s an almost required vacation attraction.
But it’s certainly not the only Gulf Shores attraction worth checking out this spring and summer. Also fun on warm, sunny days are places like Adventure Island and The Track Recreation Center. Both are excellent places to take the kids (young and old) to enjoy things like go-karts, bumper boats, and mini-golf, and each has its own unique attractions—like the five-story erupting volcano at Adventure Island and the 110-foot free-fall Skycoaster at The Track.
Then there are the animal attractions: The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is home to more than 400 animals and offers various animals encounters, including Outback, tiger, and lemur encounters. Alligator Alley is another option—over 150 snakes, reptiles, and alligators, plus the 13-foot alligator Captain Crunch.
And for rainy days (or days when you simply want a break from the sun) the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is a fun option. Explore more than 150 interactive exhibits and view a film at the IMAX dome. Educational and fun—an excellent way to spend a rainy day on the Gulf.