The motto, “Small town, big beach”, suits Gulf Shores, Alabama perfectly! The town is perfectly balanced in family friendly restaurants and adorable and colorful beach houses lining the shore, only about 50 feet from the Ocean. But if you’re looking for something a little more commercial there’s also plenty of things to do other than the beach!
If you’re looking for a fun place to spend time with your family and get an awesome meal, visit The Hangout! The surfer themed restaurant has a gigantic sand pit, live music, and an hourly foam party. There are plenty of photo opportunities and interactive experiences such as a “wish wall”, where you are able to write down a wish and place it into a slot on the wall, and a large collection of toys such as vintage PEZ machines and Rubber Duckies. I can assure you, it is a memorable experience for people of all ages. I was excited to jump into the gigantic pit of foam and have a blast with my family. Surprisingly, the fun doesn’t stop there! Visiting The Hangout is a dining experience! A DJ plays music while an MC encourages people to dance on the tables of the restaurant! When a storm blew in, the DJ was quick on his feet and began playing songs such as “It’s raining men” to lighten the mood. Overall, my experience at The Hangout was absolutely awesome, not to mention their adorable apparel in the gift shop! If you ever find yourself in Gulf Shores, Alabama, make sure to check out The Hangout!!
Gulf Shores is home to plenty of adventures such as parasailing and the adorable Dauphin Island, located about an hour away from Gulf Shores. Dauphin Island is home to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, a museum/aquarium devoted to the preservation of sea life, and a military base from the Civil War. It takes a ferry ride to get to the island, but in my opinion, it’s totally worth it! It was definitely one of the hilights of my trip.
If you’re looking for a great beach trip that’s fun for the entire family, visit Gulf Shores, Alabama! From great restaurants to exciting activities to white sand beaches, Gulf Shores is a great place to be!