Orange Beach, Alabama, attracts many vacationing families, as it is located along the Gulf Coast 30 minutes west of Pensacola, Florida, and an hour south of Mobile. Toddlers will benefit from the calm-water beaches and family-oriented venues. Considering its smaller size of 5,620, according to the 2012 U.S. Census estimate, the town has a lot to offer families with tots.
Give the little ones a thrill by taking them to the nearest amusement park. At Adventure Park, your toddler can enjoy riding the tugboats and frog hopper and perhaps delight in an ice cream treat. The facility also houses the Alligator Alley Arcade, featuring over 100 video and redemption games, with many suitable for toddlers. You can also head over to The Wharf and try out the Ferris wheel or water slides. Although not all of the attractions at The Wharf would be ideal for a toddler, it does also have numerous shops, restaurants, candy stores and live entertainment.
Toddlers will almost always go for a visit with some cute and cuddly creatures. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is just 8 miles from Orange Beach in Gulf Shores. There, you will have the opportunity for up-close encounters with tiger cubs, baby kangaroos and baby lemurs. The zoo is also home to more than 500 other animals, including monkeys, bears, lions and reptiles. Regular animal shows take place as well. If your toddler can brave the high seas, then maybe a trip out with Dolphin Cruises would be fun. This adventure takes you out in a boat to see dolphins swimming and jumping in their natural habitat.
Beaches and Water Fun
Many toddlers are especially attracted to water. You will find plenty of beaches from which to choose that would be ideal for sand castles, swimming, picnicking and sea shell collecting. Cotton Bayou Beach, East Alabama Point and Romar Beach all have public access points with parking, restrooms and showers. For a less crowded, more natural setting, Gulf State Park is an excellent option. If you would prefer a non-sandy option, the Orange Beach Aquatic Center provides a small wading pool and splash toys for the little ones.
Parks and Playgrounds
The city of Orange Beach provides families with park space ideal for toddlers to run around and get the energy out. Waterfront Park features a large playground with slides, swings and climbing structures, picnic tables, plenty of open green space and walking paths along the shore. Most of the activities inside the Orange Beach Recreation Center are for older kids and adults, but it does have a small playground suitable for toddlers. Robinson Island and Bird Island Park provides you and your tot with a natural area for hiking, picnicking and exploring.
- Adventure Island: Kiddie Rides
- The Wharf: Ferris Wheel
- Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: Animal Encounters
- Dolphin Cruises: Pricing and Reservations
- City of Orange Beach: Beach Access
- City of Orange Beach Parks and Recreation Department: Aquatics Center
- City of Orange Beach Parks and Recreation Department: Parks and Trails
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