Plan Your Getaway

For The Kids

Meet some cute, cuddly and interesting new friends at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo!


Kid's Stuff

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

 27206 Safe Harbor Drive, Orange Beach, AL  36561  • Phone: 251-981-4144

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is tucked away just blocks from the beach and is home to more than 500 animals including lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, macaws, and more. There’s also a petting zoo, reptile house, aviary, seasonal animal encounters, and daily animal shows in the summer. We’re big fans of The Little Zoo That Could! For more information and a walk on the wild side check out the Gulf Coast Zoo videos on our YouTube channel.

The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

65 Government Street, Mobile, AL  36602  • Phone: 251-208-6873

With more than 150 interactive exhibits, thought-provoking larger-than-life IMAX films, and fun, hands-on educational programming, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center aspires to increase science literacy by sparking imagination, creating curiosity and instilling a sense of wonder in the world.
This is a fascinating place for kids of all ages and the perfect place to while away a rainy afternoon. Between the Hands On Hall, BioLab and BodyWorks exhibits you’ve never had this much fun learning something new.

Pirate Ship Adventures

4575 South Wilson Blvd, Orange Beach, AL  36561  • Phone: 251-208-4127

Bring your young pirates aboard the American Star for a swashbuckling Pirate Adventure on Terry Cove in Orange Beach, Alabama. Your mini mates will have the opportunity to act like pirates, get their face painted, and learn some pirate lingo. Once on board, the young pirates will defend the ship in a gun battle, sing along as the pirate crew sings songs of the sea, hear true stories of pirate and privateer attacks in the legendary Pirates Cove, and hunt for the Captain’s lost gold and treasure chest. We will celebrate the gold recovery with musical games and a Pirate Limbo contest as we safely return to port.
How cool is that?!?  Aarrgh matey!

Foley Railroad Museum

125 E. Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 36535  • Phone: 251-943-1818

This railroad museum and model train exhibit is a real treasure. The museum is housed in the Louisville and Nashville railroad station built in 1909 and there’s a real, full size caboose to climb on outside. Inside, the museum features an “O” gauge model train exhibit, which features a full quarter-mile of track around a 60-foot long layout. This miniature community contains a farm, a sawmill, and a coal company on one end of the layout and an oil refinery on the opposite end. There’s a line shack with working pulleys on lathes and other machinery as well as a man welding on trucks. “Thunder Road”, an old Robert Mitchum movie, is playing at the Hub Drive-In. For a look inside check out the video on the Picard Realty YouTube channel.


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