Family Resorts In Gulf Shores, Alabama - Updated 2023


Gulf Shores, Alabama is a popular resort city on the Gulf Coast. The city is surrounded by Gulf State Park with its trails, beaches and a golf course. There is a pier and fun can be had on a zip line over the dunes. The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is home to migratory birds and sea turtles. The whole family can enjoy a visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo where hands-on experiences can be had with kangaroos, sloths, and lemurs. Head to Waterville USA/Escape House, a fun theme park with water rides and slides, and an Escape House with two different rooms to puzzle over. If you’re planning a vacation in this fun part of the world, there are several cabin rentals and other vacation rentals that offer amazing accommodations. For the best stay, check out the family resorts in Gulf Shores, Alabama listed below.

1. 1. Gulf Shores Plantation (from USD 68)

Gulf Shores Plantation is on the outskirts of the city, 21 km (13 mi) from Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, 25 km (16 mi) from the Gulf State Park Fishing Pieter and 22 km (13.7 mi) from Waterville USA. This kid-friendly resort in Gulf Shores is surrounded by a garden and is on the beachfront with an outdoor pool and fitness center. There is a bar with karaoke to enjoy. The hotel offers an American or a la carte breakfast each morning and a restaurant and barbecue grill are available for dining on site. Try your luck at the casino on the property. Air-conditioned apartments come with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a kitchen and dining area and an en suite bathroom with a bath and hot tub. Each has a double bed in the master bedroom, two single beds in the second bedroom, and a sofa bed.

Gulf Shores Plantation

Wifi Available

Address: 497 Plantation Road 1250
Accommodates: 6

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court Sauna Fitness centre

2. 2. Palm Beach by Wyndham Vacation Rentals (from USD 112)

Palm Beach By Wyndham Vacation Rentals is located in Gulf Shores, 8 km (5 mi) from Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and 3.6 km (2.2 mi) from Gulf State Park Fishing Pier. Waterville USA is 7 km (4.3 mi) from the property. The property features an outdoor pool and fitness center. Each air-conditioned apartment features a seating area and a TV. There is a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and dishwasher for daily cooking, as well as a dining area. One bedroom features an extra-large double bed while a second has a double bed and a third has two single beds. There is also a sofa bed in the living area.

Palm Beach Resort Orange Beach a Ramada by Wyndham

Wifi Available

Address: 22984 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, Orange Beach (AL), United States, 36561
Accommodates: 9

3. Family hotel with extensive amenities

4. 3. Best Western on the Beach

Best Western on the Beach is a beachfront hotel in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with an indoor pool, two hot tubs and a beachside outdoor pool. Waterville Amusement Park is a two-minute drive away and the hotel is 2.1 km (1.3 mi) from the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. The kids will love the Island Pancake House for dining on the beach and breakfast is available. There is also a selection of vending machines with snacks and drinks. Each room features a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a microwave, coffeemaker, and a refrigerator. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

Best Western on the Beach

Address: 337 East Beach Boulevard

5. Family resorts near Gulf Shores

6. 4. The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection (from USD 312)

The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection is located in Point Clear, 35 km (21.7 mi) from Gulf Shores. The resort is on the beachfront and features 7 restaurants and lounges, as well as 2 18-hole golf courses. There is also a luxurious spa offering beauty and massage therapies. For fun things to do, adults can swim at the large outdoor pool, lap pool, and hot tub, while kids can enjoy their own splash park. Guest rooms feature a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Some offer views over the bay and others over the landscaped gardens.

Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa

Address: One Grand Boulevard
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court Sauna

7. 5. Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach (from USD 179)

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach is located 54.7 km (34 mi) from Gulf Shores. Located on the beachfront, the sprawling resort offers an outdoor pool with cascading waterfall, a 250-foot (76.2 m) heated lazy river and two hot tubs. There is a sun terrace with a fire pit. Riptides Sports Grill and the Beachfront Tiki Bar serve American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as cocktails. Children can enjoy seasonal entertainment and activities, including pirate and mermaid shows and poolside movies. Each room has a 32-inch (81.28 cm) flat-screen TV with cable channels and free WiFi is available. There is also a microwave, refrigerator, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 14 Via De Luna Drive
Accommodates: 8

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre

8. 6. Best Western Beachside Resort

Best Western Beachside Resort is situated in Pensacola Beach, a 54.7 km (34 mi) drive from Gulf Shores and a 10-minute drive from the Tiger Point Golf Club. Quietwater Beach Boardwalk is a 10-minute walk away. The property overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and offers direct beach access. Breakfast is served each morning. There are two outdoor pools on site. Each room features a flat-screen TV with cable channels, as well as a microwave, tea- and coffee-making facilities and a refrigerator. Free WiFi is available throughout.

9. Have fun with the family on the beach

Enjoy everything the Gulf Coast has to offer, including beaches, natural parks, theme parks, golf courses, and more. If you’re wondering where to stay, consider one of the best family resorts and hotels in Gulf Shores listed here.

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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