National Parks / Natural World in Orange Beach

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Gulf Shores
Gulf State Park is located in the city of Gulf Shores on the coast of Alabama, where you will be greeted by white sun-kissed beaches, a surging surf, seagulls and seashells.
Pensacola
Thinking of a family reunion, company picnic or birthday party? Big Lagoon has just the facilities to accommodate your event. The newly constructed restrooms at the Governor's Pavilion will make your visit even more enjoyable. These facilities are eq...
Holt
A favorite destination for canoeists and kayakers, Blackwater River offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation. The river is one of the purest sand-bottom rivers in the nation, making this park a popular place for swimming, fishing, cam...
Gautier
Shepard State Park is nestled in the heart of Singing River (Pascagoula River) country and has 395 acres abounding with trees and wild flowers, bike and nature trails, 28 developed campsites, 1 bathhouse, tent camping and picnicking and 18 hole disc...
Destin
Pristine white sugar sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Natural features of the park include sand pines, scrub oaks, and dune rosemary. Boardwalks provide access to...
Grayton Beach
(86 Miles)
Santa Rosa Beach
Golden in the morning sun, silvered by moonlight, Grayton Beach has consistently been ranked among the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the United States. The beach provides an idyllic setting for swimming, sunbathing, and surf fishing. Visitor...
Santa Rosa Beach
This park shares its name with the coastal dune lake within its boundaries. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare worldwide and in the United States they occur only along the Gulf Coast. Southern magnolias, golden asters, woody goldenrod, and scrub o...
Panama City Beach
Come visit and explore our unique park. Truly a hidden gem, Camp Helen is a beautiful getaway destination. Visit the lodge and relax in the rocking chairs as you look at Lake Powell. Listen to the stories of the park's history or share some of your o...
Waveland
On the beach of the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles from New Orleans, Buccaneer State Park is a great vacation with real coastal beauty and lots of fun things to do.
Hattiesburg
Located in the heart of Mississippi\'s pine belt region, Paul B. Johnson is the gateway to a natural wonderland marked by majestic long-leaf and loblolly pines, delicate dogwoods and ancient oaks. The deep forests surrounding Paul B. Johnson State Pa...
Chipley
Huge trees and fern-covered sinkholes line Sink Hole Trail, the boardwalk that leads visitors to Florida's highest waterfall. Falling Waters Sink is a 100-foot deep, 20-foot wide cylindrical pit into which flows a small stream that drops 73 feet to t...
Braithwaite
St. Bernard State Park is the ideal spot for visitors who are seeking a family atmosphere and natural experience, as well as for campers who don't want to or cannot stray far from civilization. Many campers consider combining a camping vacation with ...
Quitman
Located just south of Meridian, Mississippi near the Mississippi-Alabama state line, Clarkco State Park has been favorite Mississippi recreation spot since 1938. Situated on 815 acres of gently rolling woodlands.
Eastgate Park
(148 Miles)
Dothan
Relaxing family fun out in the pretty Eastgate Park in Dothan, Alabama. Tennis, archery, and fishing await you in the free day out!
Mandeville
The crumbling brick ruins of a sugar mill built in 1829 by Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, founder of the nearby town of Mandeville, suggest an interesting history for this site, and indeed there is. The wealthy Marigny developed this area across L...
New Orleans
City Park offers 1300 acres of year-round family fun. Located in the heart of New Orleans, City Park offers a wide menu of natural attractions, attractions for kids, sports and recreational activity including the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyla...
Madisonville
Scattered throughout the park beneath a canopy of huge oak trees, you will find numerous picnic tables, as well as a group pavilion, a playground, and comfort stations. Spend a relaxing afternoon on the river or venture out into the water for lively ...
Dunns Falls
(154 Miles)
Enterprise
Nestled in the pristine hills along the Chunky River, in South Lauderdale County Mississippi lies Dunn's Fall's Water park. Here, along a shallow stretch of the Chunky River, the bluffs of the eastern bank rise to tree-top level.
Marrero
Comprises 6 adjoining sites which each boast, visitor centres, natural pleasures and wildlife to observe.
Westwego
Bayou Segnette State Park offers the best of everything. Just a thirty-minute drive across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, a multitude of recreational opportunities awaits visitors of all ages--boating, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, playgrou...
Donalsonville
This southwest Georgia park is on beautiful Lake Seminole, a 37,500-acre reservoir with excellent boating, fishing and birding. Cottages, many campsites and even picnic shelters sit near the water’s edge, offering excellent views and quick access t...
Springfield
Strolling through four ecosystems on over a mile of boardwalks through Tickfaw State Park, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a cypress/tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, a mixed pine/hardwood forest and the Tickfaw River.
Mccomb
Percy Quin is today a delightful blend of the old and new. Located just two and a half hours from New Orleans. The 1700 acre Percy Quin State Park, which includes a 700 acre lake and a championship golf course, provides a colorful natural backdrop fo...
Wesson
Nestled in the shade of towering hardwood trees, Lake Lincoln State Park is the quintessence of serenity. Located in the northeast corner of Lincoln County, the park\'s close proximity to Interstate 55, U. S. Highway 51 and State Highway 27 provide e...
Morton
Roosevelt State Park offers an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities in a picturesque setting. The park scenic overlook provides a panoramic view of the Bienville National Forest. The landscape is particularly striking during the fall, when...
Panacea
Some of the most picturesque scenic areas along north Floridas Gulf Coast can be found at this park. Located on Alligator Point where Ochlockonee Bay meets Apalachee Bay, Bald Point offers a multitude of land and water activities. Coastal marshes, pi...
Wakulla Springs
Home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, this park plays host to an abundance of wildlife, including alligators, turtles, deer, and birds. Daily guided riverboat tours provide a closer view of wildlife, and glass bottom...
Panama City Beach
The original Miracle Strip Amusement Park closed for good in 2004. Now, it is being revived all be it in a much smaller venue. The remaining rides from MSAP had been refurbished and are now back for a new generation.
Adventureland
(143 Miles)
Dothan
Featured attractions for all ages: * Go-Karts * Batting cages * Bumper boats * Arcade * Water wars * Roller coaster Military discounts available with a current Military Identification Card
Waterville
(6 Miles)
Gulf Shores
Waterville, is a 20-acre (81,000 m2) water and amusement park located a quarter-mile from the Gulf of Mexico in the city of Gulf Shores, Alabama, on Gulf Shores Parkway (Alabama State Route 59).
Big Kahunas
(67 Miles)
East Destin
A great fun way to spend the day cooling off in the hot Florida sun!
Biloxi
Standard swimming and learning pools plus zero depth entry leisure pool with one small and one large slide, water play structure and splashpads.
Gulfport
2 uphill water coasters, tube slides, body slides, wave pool, interactive water play structure, and lazy river.
Shipwreck Island
(105 Miles)
Panama City Beach
Shipwreck Island Waterpark opened in the summer of 1983. The tropical theme waterpark is filled with attractions and food and beverage outlets to bring smiles to every member of your family. The twenty-acre park features lush landscaping, a professio...
Waveland
What’s wet, fun, and has a pirate ship? Barnacle Bills Water Park!
Water World
(144 Miles)
Dothan
Large open air water park with many exciting features for big kids and parents plus a special section for the little ones. Some indoor entertainment and an indoor as well as outdoor picnic area.
Collins
Lazy river, bowl ride, interactive kids' water play area, tube slides, mat-racing slide, and body slides!
McComb
Offers a calm and gentle river ride with small rapids by your choice of canoe or inflatable tube ring.
Choctaw
Enjoy eight acres of white sand beaches and crystal clear pools in an amazing tropical environment. More than 300 palm trees surround guests catching some rays on the beach. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do w...
Gulf Shores
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Home of Animal Planet's The Little Zoo That Could with more than 300 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Monkeys, Macaws and more!
Estuarium
(31 Miles)
Dauphin Island
Learn about the marine environment around Alabama in a dynamic way suitable for children. The public section of this sea lab is enthralling, and there are many interactive, interdisciplinary, hands-on activities to enjoy!
Gulf Breeze
Visit our 50 wild acres of exotic animals including our gorilla family, chimps, rhinos, hippos, tigers, bears, monkeys and reptiles.
Mobile Zoo
(62 Miles)
Wilmer
The zoo was established for education and continuing the existence of endangered/non-endangered wildlife. You can see wildlife from all over the world and learn about them. Tour our main building exhibits, tropical birds, reptiles, exit the building ...
Sasquatch Zoo
(76 Miles)
Crestview
Over the years with dedication and perseverance we feel we have provided our animals with a happy home. We hope when you visit you feel the same pride and admiration for "your zoo" as we do.
Panama City Beach
Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, Florida is for the whole family to explore. Enjoy daily live shows featuring dolphins, sea lions and tropical birds. Explore fascinating exhibits showcasing penguins, flamingos, sharks, alligators, sea tur...
Zoo World
(108 Miles)
Panama City Beach
ZooWorld is home to over 200 animals including exotic and endangered species.
Hattiesburg Zoo
(126 Miles)
Hattiesburg
The 40 acre park houses a 12 acre zoological garden. Enter the Zoo, take a stroll down the promenade and get face-to-face with prairie dogs or continue on to the African Veldt to encounter antelope, zebra, ostrich, monkeys and servals.
The Gator Ranch
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(133 Miles)
Moss Point
105 acres to explore, with all manner of natural wildlife to be spotted as well as the alligators themselves. Experienced wetland guides steer you safely through and provided informed commentary.
New Orleans
Walk beneath the vivid Caribbean Reef, marvel at the lush beauty of the Amazon Rainforest and journey the Mississippi River at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
New Orleans
Audubon Nature Institute is a family of nine museums and parks dedicated to nature.

Top 10 most viewed fun things to do near Orange Beach with kids

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Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

(40 Miles) Museums in Mobile

2

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

(6 Miles) Zoos in Gulf Shores

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Environmental Studies Center

(42 Miles) Childrens Entertainment in Mobile

4

Adventure Island

(1 Miles) Things to do for Active Kids in Orange Beach

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Cold Mil Fleet Dolphin Cruises

(5 Miles) Tours in Orange Beach

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Estuarium

(31 Miles) Zoos in Dauphin Island

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The Gulf Bowl

(9 Miles) Indoor Play in Foley

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USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

(38 Miles) Historical Attractions in Mobile

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Waterville

(6 Miles) Waterparks in Gulf Shores

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The Track Recreation Center

(6 Miles) Indoor Play in Gulf Shores

Fun places to visit in Orange Beach with kids

Alabama is the kind of fun place that both adults and kids will enjoy – your only problem, is going to be finding the time to fit all the great places to visit in! Because many of Alabama's must-see attractions offer kid-friendly activities and exhibits, you won't have to miss out on any of the state's diverse culture and history. As you explore the multitude of fun things to do in Alabama with kids, you'll definitely create memories that will last and last - and you can watch them back on video for years to come if you’ve got a shocking memory like me!

There are so many fun places to go with kids in Alabama - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks, water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), historical places of interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look below, lots of the best things to do with children in AL