5 reasons Birmingham families are now flocking to Gulf Shores
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As the world reopens around us, the summer holidays are eagerly preparing. # 1 on my family’s travel list — Gulf Shores, Alabama. From white sand beaches to an endless list of activities, this is the perfect place for young families on vacation. And we are not alone. Find out why Birmingham families flock to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and why yours should too.
1. It offers entertainment in a beautiful location.
As soon as my family arrives at our beach rental, we drop our bags and go to the sand. The main reason Birmingham families love Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is because they offer all-in-one entertainment.
Parents can lounge on the beach and relax with a drink, children can build sandcastles and splash around in the water. As long as you have towels, sunscreen, and a cooler for food and drink, the family can stay in one place all day and still be entertained.
2. The wild side of your crew can escape.
A few days away from home with your significant other can be amazing. But when you add kids, family, and in-laws, it’s easy to feel surrounded by wild animals.
Need an idea to tame your crew of wildlings? I propose a trip to Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.
If you love Birmingham Zoo with its vibrant flamingos and hilarious sea lions, you’ll love the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. It has more than 199 species and 31 subspecies; it is also a refuge for many endangered animals. My favorite is still the lions, but for your wild group you might want to check out the monkeys.
3. Dinner is FINALLY simple.
As a parent, I would say 90% of every day involves food. Buying it, making it, eating it… it takes a lot of time. During your trip to the beach, use it as a cooking vacation and experience the local culinary scene of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
I know what you are thinking, we Birminghamers are used to a glorious food scene with an abundance of restaurants and top chefs. Well, whet your appetite in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, as the area offers an incredible food scene as well.
Whether you choose to go out or order inside, the local eateries and eateries offer everything from pizza and tacos to that must-try beach meal – fresh seafood.
4. You can get your dose of nature.
The people of Birmingham may love to eat, but there is something else we love just as much, and that is the outdoors. State parks are one of my family’s favorite outdoor spots when visiting the beach, and they should be on your family’s vacation list too, especially one as cool as Gulf State Park.
Here are some of the cool things it offers:
- Bird watching
- Hiking + cycle paths
Gulf State Park even has a number of restaurants and concession stands on-site. Remember when I mentioned that parenthood is 90% of the food? You’re welcome!
5. Adventure is everywhere.
Let me explain a not-so-secret secret to you: I’m a major homebody. If you’re wondering how important a homebody is, let’s just say pulling back during the pandemic didn’t faze me.
But, when I go on vacation, my often sleepy adventurous side loves to break free. And wow that feels good! If your family catches the adventure bug while on vacation, the beach is the perfect place to experience some thrills.
Before reading the activities available at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, I suggest you grab a cool drink as this list is on fire:
- The paddle board
FYI, these are just a few of the activities offered by Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Find more sensations here.
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