I’ve been vacationing to Orange Beach and the Gulf Shores since I was child- it was our go to beach spot that was just 3 hours away! It seems like each year we have found ourselves down there for a beach trip during the spring or summer months! We’ve loved seeing the changes over the years with the new, fun, and exciting restaurants, shops, condos, and more! It’s a great place to visit with your children, as there is so much to do and see in the area! I polled my Facebook moms group when I was drafting this post, because I wanted to make sure I included all the hot spots for anyone looking to visit the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores area! I compiled my list and theirs to give y’all the ultimate travel guide for your next visit!
WHERE TO EAT
For Breakfast & Brunch
Brick & Spoon is known for serving a delicious bloody mary and breakfast fries!
Hazel’s Nook for a home style breakfast buffet! Enjoy the buffet and their omelettes!
Kid Friendly places…
The Gulf is very kid friendly! Great fun and casual atmosphere literally right on the gulf. Fun seating and lots of space for the kids to run around. Has a fun gift shop and two types of food areas to order from.
The Hangout is a great place for kids to have a fun and casual dining experience! Located right on the beach!
Shrimp Basket has an extensive menu of grilled, steamed, and fried seafood in a casual dining experience! Great for quick and easy dinner!
Fishers has a casual and upscale dining experience located on the marina! Gorgeous restaurant with wonderful reviews! the shrimp po boy comes highly recommended!
Fishermans Corner has a great southern flair for a casual dining experience! Known for their creole flair!
Anchor Bar has a beautiful dining experience with spectacular views! Has a casual and upscale feel. Grab a margarita, cuban sandwich, fish taco, nachos, and wings!
The Yacht Club is a fun, upbeat, very casual dining experience on the bay side. It is directly across the street from the well known Flora Bama! It very family friendly with the whole outdoor dining area being sand. It is on the bay side, so the kids can play in the water too. They have the best bushwhackers in my opinion 😉
For Adult Upscale Dining
Cobalt is slightly more formal than The Gulf and is located on the bay side. It is a beautiful location with a fun atmosphere.
Shipp’s Harbour Grill is known for it’s cooking that reminds you of your own mama’s cooking! Offering fresh entrees from a scratch kitchen!
Cosmos is great for an upscale dining experience!
If you have a sweet tooth..!
Hope’s Cheesecake has a really delicious menu of so may different cheesecakes!
Scoops has a great assortment of homemade old fashion ice creams!
WHERE TO STAY
recommendations from my experience, friends+family, and the Facebook moms group!
Seachase has 3 buildings, several pools, a baby pool, and a splash pad!
Turquoise is crazy cool! Has a lazy river, kids play ground, several pools, tennis courts, bar at the pool area, and much more! The condos have very large balcony’s!
Caribe Amenities include pools, slides, a lazy river, on site restaurant, water sports, a beach trolley, and much more! This resort is known for its huge balcony!
Bella Luna is just gorgeous! It’s name says it all. Aesthetically perfect pools, indoor pool, fitness center, steam room, sauna, and more!
Phoenix condos have been around a long time! You cannot go wrong staying there. They offer several price points and span across the main beach road!
WHAT TO DO
SanRoc Cay has some lovely upscale shops with a kids play area and variety of restaurants!
The Wharf offers a movie theatre (perfect for a rainy day), ferris wheel, shopping, restaurants, hotel, and condos!
Adventure Island has it all when it comes to entertaining the older kids! Enjoy go kart rides, mini golf, arcade, rides, and much more!
And obviously, the beach 🙂
I would LVOE to hear any other suggestions you may have for vacating to Orange Beach / Gulf Shores area with kids! Please leave those in the comments- I can always add your suggestions to this post! Below are just a few photos we snapped with my phone during our Easter trip to Orange beach last month! Thank you for reading!