to plan your trip to the land of sugar white sands, and enter a whole different
state of discovery!
It's time to turn off the digital devices, pack the car,
and prepare for enthusiasm and questions on a level you've never experienced
before as your family hits the road for an educational adventure on the Alabama
Gulf Coast. The sugar white sands, turquoise water, and family-friendly feel of
this southern coastal community make
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach
the perfect place to combine quality time together with experiential learning
your children will always remember.
Photo Credit-Colette Boehm
Imagine your child's face light up as seemingly dull learning objectives come
to life on a natural stage. Coastal Alabama offers a host of interactive
learning experiences that are sure to spark ah-ha moments for children of every
age. Textbooks simply fail to do justice to the complexity of a coastal
ecosystem or the harsh realities of the American Civil War. When you enter a
region bursting with history, culture, and natural wonders, vague concepts leap
off the page into vibrant sensory experiences.
plan your trip to the land of sugar white sands, and enter a whole different
state of discovery.
Step back in time with your children and ask questions of a historian wearing
the gray uniform of a Civil War soldier, firing off a cannon, and standing where
men defended the Gulf Coast centuries ago. Watch them ponder the underwater
world as they feel the smooth gray skin of a southern stingray and listen to a
marine biologist explain the creature's lifecycle. In a place where learning and
fun are synonymous, your child can dive into oceanography at scuba camp, witness
the coastal ecosystem aboard a dolphin cruise, and step into the shoes of a
World War II sailor on the USS Alabama Battleship.
Explore Alabama's Coastal Connection, an award-winning National Scenic Byway,
which maps out themed itineraries to connect you with communities and nature,
the past and the present, and the land and the sea. The Battle of Mobile Bay
Civil War Trail and Alabama's Coastal Birding Trail could also set you on the
path toward educational exploration. And your child will never forget a hands-on
encounter with a kangaroo at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo or experiencing the
thrill of feeding time at Alligator Alley. Children learn best when they have so
much fun they don't even realize they're learning.
You will find plenty of places to simply relax and spend time together in this
coastal community known for its Southern hospitality and small town feel. A deep
sea fishing excursion may be just the right way to soak up some sunshine and
family time. Splash around at the beach, take a spin on the go-kart track, and
cool off with a trip down a waterslide before you enjoy a meal of fresh Gulf
seafood to end the day.
Whether your family is looking to cement a specific concept on a fieldtrip
turned weekend getaway or planning a month-long learning spree on the coast, you
will find plenty of experiences, attractions, and accommodation options to
choose from. Visit