I recently posted and article from the Mobile’s Press Register on our Gulf Shores Beach Days facebook page about kid friendly restaurants on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The response from readers so large that I decided to write an article on all the kid friendly places my grandkids like to go to. So, here you have it, Rod’s Top Kid Friendly Places in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach.
#1 The Beach
Ok, so this is might be stating the obvious but the number #1 kid friendly place is the beach itself. The moment we arrive, even before our bags our out of the car, everyone wants to get on the beach. Make sure to bring any beach toys you have like little shovels and pales. If you don’t have any this type of stuff is sold up and down the beach road, at every grocery store, pharmacy and Walmart.
The go cart track at the Track Family Recreation Center. This place has three different levels of go cart tracks so even small children (with an adult driver) can have a chance. Make sure to go to the Gulf Shores Orange Beach welcome centers to get discount coupons. Click here to see my blog on saving money that shows where the visitor’s centers are.
Gulf Shores has a great Zoo and it is a great place for kids and adults. I love the lemurs. The zoo is located maybe a mile off the beach on route 59 in Gulf Shores. They have lions, tigers and bears, a petting zoo, alligators, monkeys, birds and shows. Kids love this place.
The Hang Out is always top on the list of kid requests and why not? This is a secure and supervised restaurant, with 3 bars (for mom and dad), live music, waiters dancing on tables, a host of activties for kids that are all supervised all located right on the beach.
Lambert’s Cafe is located south of Foley on route 59 next to Lowes and Home Depot. This is a favorite kid friendly attraction. There is all sorts of horsing around going on in this place. You will just have to experience it to understand. Leave it at this – don’t be surprised and the kids will love it. Remember to take cash. Lambert’s does not accept credit cards.
Lulu is Jimmy Buffet’s sister and she opened a kid friendly restaurant just north of the inter-coastal bridge. She named it LuLu’s. This is a great place for kids there are supervised activities, plenty of room to run around, live music and a place for the parents to have a bite to eat and catch their breath.
This is one of life’s simple pleasures. Kid’s love playing put put and Pirate’s Island Put Put is the perfect place to go later in the day after the beach or in the early evening after dinner.
Waterville USA is located on route 59 just 1/2 mile from the beach. This is a great place to go on really hot days. Waterville is a mini amusement park with all sorts of water rides. Take a towel. You are definitely going to get wet.
Alligator Alley is located in Summerdale off route 59 about 45 minutes from the beach. That’s a pretty long way to go but it is also a great break from the sun. You can also catch Lambert’s cafe on your way there or back. I have a picture of my 8 year old grandson wrapped up in a huge yellow boa constrictor with a big smile on his face – go figure.