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National Parks / Natural World in ORANGE BEACH

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Orange Beach has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Orange Beach, Alabama offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Orange Beach itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Gulf State Park

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    (5 miles) 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.

  • Big Lagoon State Park

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    (11 miles) 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 ...

  • Blackwater River State Park

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    (57 miles) 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 ...

  • Shepard State Park

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    (62 miles) 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 ...

  • Henderson Beach State Park

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    (69 miles) 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 ...

  • Grayton Beach

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    (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 ...

  • Deer Lake State Park

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    (86 miles) 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 ...

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  • Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

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    (40 miles) Mobile

    A fun, hands-on and educational experience with over 150 science related interactive exhibits!

  • Mobile Carnival Museum

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    (40 miles) Mobile

    The Mobile Carnival Museum highlights the history of Mardi Gras in its true birthplace - Mobile Alabama.

  • Indian Temple Mound Museum

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    (59 miles) Fort Walton Beach

    A small but important museum that depicts 12,000 years of Native American occupation.

  • Maritime And Seafood Industries Museum

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    (78 miles) Bilox

    The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum was established in 1986 to preserve and interpret the maritime history and heritage of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

  • Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

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    (6 miles) 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

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    (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, ...

  • Gulf Breeze Zoo

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    (37 miles) Gulf Breeze

    Visit our 50 wild acres of exotic animals including our gorilla family, chimps, rhinos, hippos, tigers, bears, monkeys and reptiles.

  • The Gator Ranch

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    (52 miles) Moss Point

    105 acres to explore for those over 4 years, with all manner of natural wildlife to be spotted as well as the alligators themselves! Fun and informative narrated tours through the swamps of the ...

  • Mobile Zoo

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    (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 ...

  • Sasquatch Zoo

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    (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.

  • National Naval Aviation Museum

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    (18 miles) Pensacola

    A thrilling assortment of maxflight and motion based simulators, Cockpit Trainers flight training, Imax theatre and regular displays by the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron!

  • Waterville

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    (6 miles) Gulf Shores

    Ready to take on 20 acres of water fun!? This family friendly Alabama water park has attractions for the entire family - any age!

  • Big Kahunas

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    (67 miles) East Destin

    A great fun way to spend the day cooling off in the hot Florida sun!

  • Salvation Army Kroc Centre

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    (78 miles) Biloxi

    Standard swimming and learning pools plus zero depth entry leisure pool with one small and one large slide, water play structure and splashpads.

  • Cold Mil Fleet Dolphin Cruises

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    (5 miles) Orange Beach

    See Dolphins Surf & Jump!! Guaranteed!!! As we embark on our 1 1/2 HOUR journey into the INLAND WATERS, we will witness some of the most spectacular scenes ever imagined.

  • Red Eye Charters

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    (9 miles) Gulf Shores

    A full service fishing charter that offers full and half day charters for bottom fishing, trolling, and billfishing aboard a state-of-the-art, 36 foot Topaz boat which will accommodate up to six ...

  • Eco Tours of South Mississippi

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    (64 miles) Gautier

    Tours from 2 hours to 3 days in the Pascagoula River Swamp, with amazing wildlife and unique wilderness in this Mississippi family day out!

  • Destins Original Sea Blaster

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    (65 miles) Destin

    Destins Original Sea Blaster provides GREAT family fun with dolphin cruises, snorkeling cruises, and sunset dolphin cruises! Great for all ages and a great price! Climb aboard the largest speed boat ...

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