|Grandparents' Relief Tour|
Multi-generational vacations are the best. Time away together allows everyone to relax and spend true quality time experience new things together. For grandparents looking for fun ideas to share with the grandkids, we've got plenty of great suggestions.
Yum! Start the day at Pastry Box in Gulf Shores with hot, fresh donuts. Be sure to take a look around outside at the great nature views. You may spot some local wildlife starting their day too.
Find a comfortable spot to sit and watch as the kids make a splash at Waterville USA, a 20-acre water and amusement park in Gulf Shores. Or if you are feeling brave, get in on the action yourself and with a roller coaster ride or even some surfing fun on the Flowrider.
Original Oyster House
For lunch or dinner you can't go wrong with the Original Oyster House, a local legend for more than 25 years. The seafood platters are generous. But try to save room for the peanut butter chocolate chip pie. You'll be loosening your belt, but it will be so worth it.
Crab hunting on the beach
Treat the kids to a special treasure hunt on the beach when the sun goes down. The only tools you'll need are a flashlight, small net and a vented container. Sand crabs are small, translucent crabs that come out at night. Scoop one up with your net and place it in the container to observe. Just remember to be nice to the crab and release it back on the beach.
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Almost running from A-Z, the zoo features more than 400 animals from alligators to wallabies. Elevated viewing decks offer great views and the petting zoo is a big hit with the kids and adults too. Expect a few shrieks of excitement in the Reptile House.
Show your grandkids you can still swing with a round of miniature golf. Or challenge them to a little more action with the Bumper Boats or a race around Wild Woody - a 3-story wood track. For the younger kids, check out the Kids Kountry area. For a real scream, brave the Sky Coaster and experience the thrill of free fall.
Gamestop at Pelican Place
Do your grandkids always seem to have some type of gaming system in their hands? If so, take them to Gamestop at Pelican Place shopping center in Gulf Shores for the latest releases for Xbox, Play Station and Nintendo.
Wrap up your day with the grandkids with a stop at Papa's Pizza at Pelican Place. Whether you dine in or get it to go, everyone will enjoy the New York style pizza, Stromboli and calzones.
Ready for more mini-golf, bumper boats, go-karts and games? Great! Head over to Adventure Island in Orange Beach for a high-energy day. Or plan your visit for the evening hours and see the volcano erupt each night!
Something for all ages. Stroll the sidewalks and check out all the cool shops. Get a bird's eye view of the area from the tallest Ferris wheel in the Southeast. Let the kids burn off some energy at the Water Plunge and The Wharf Adventure Zone which includes an 800-foot-long zip line and a 32-foot-tall ropes course. If a rain shower changes your plan see what's playing at the Rave Motion Pictures.
The Sugar Shack
It's always best to end a day of fun in the sun on a sweet note. Indulge your grandkids (and yourself) with a stop at The Sugar Shack at The Wharf. Pick your favorite candy or ice cream. Heck, no one will tell - pick both!
Load up the car and take a drive over to downtown Mobile for a day of fun and a little learning too. Stop at Fort Conde, the city's welcome center, is a partial replica of the original 18th century French fort. Costumed guides will share the city's history. The kids will love the musket and cannon fire.
Gulf Coast Exploreum
Learning really is fun at this hands-on science museum. The Exploreum features four exhibit areas, two labs, virtual theater and an IMAX Dome Theater. With more than 150 interactive exhibits, you'll want to devote several hours here.
LuLu's at Homeport
On your way back to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, stop for dinner at LuLu's at Homeport. It's located on the Intracoastal Waterway and features great activities for the kids, including a ropes course. And the food is wonderful with cheeseburgers made from grass-fed beef.
National Museum of Naval Aviation
Spirits and imaginations will soar in Pensacola at the National Museum of Naval Aviation. The museum features an impressive 300,00 square feet of displays and more than 150 lovingly restored aircraft. It's a great place to share history lessons with your grandkids. Museum admission is free. There is a charge for the IMAX.
Lillian's Pan Pizza
Whether for lunch or dinner, you'll score big points with the family when you suggest a stop at Lillian's Pan Pizza in Perdido Key. It's long been a favorite of locals and tourists and you'll soon see why when you experience the hand-made dough on one of the specialty pizzas.