10 Terrific Kid-Friendly Activities in Perdido Key

Planning a vacation to Perdido Key? Bring the kiddos along! Perdido Realty has Perdido Key vacation rentals that will accommodate the whole family. Not to mention, we have countless family-friendly restaurants and attractions...right here in our city! Here are 10 of our favorites. 

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Fat Daddy's Arcade: Fat Daddy's Arcade in Orange Beach is home to over 80 different arcade games, many of them larger than life! Their game selection offers something for everyone from the young to the young at heart. Enjoy their large state of the art indoor facility, perfect for escaping the rain or taking a break from the beach. Many of the games award tickets, which can be redeemed at the redemption counter for great prizes. Go for some serious fun and games and see why Fat Daddy's Arcade is one of Orange Beach's top attractions for family fun.
Bicycle Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail: Bring your bikes or walking shoes and hit one of 7 trails that wind through 6 distinct ecosystems in this beautiful complex - home to an abundance of local wildlife. The Rosemary Dunes trail runs past the gator swamp, where you may catch a glimpse of “Lefty,” the area’s resident gator. Vibrant flowers and social butterflies are abundant in the unique butterfly garden. If kids sit still long enough, the tiny creatures might just land on them! Just outside the garden is a canopied picnic area and boulder rock climbing playground.
Fork and knife Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum: Climb 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse for one of the most beautiful views on the Gulf Coast. Built in 1859, the lighthouse is located on board NAS Pensacola. The top of the tower offers stunning views of Pensacola Pass (where Pensacola Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico), three historic forts, the Pensacola skyline, and the historic Navy Yard. The fully restored Keepers' Quarters, built in 1869, is home to a museum and a gift shop. Our nature walk takes you to the white sands of beautiful quiet-water beach–a perfect beach for kids. Bring the family and a picnic lunch and stay a while.
Sun icon Gulf State Park: Come for the 2-mile white sand beach, stay for the countless activities that the Gulf State Park has to offer. The older kids can experience the thrill of six zipline courses at Gulf Adventure Center, while the younger ones (under 11) can fish for free out on the fishing pier - some of the most scenic fishing in Alabama. While you’re there, grab lunch from the beach concession stand or have it delivered right to your picnic table by Mojos, a local favorite.
lifesaver Waterville USA: Take a break from the beach at one of the best water parks on the Gulf Coast. Waterville USA is home to 20 acres of water rides and amusement park attractions. Start the day splashing down 17 water slides, floating the lazy river and bouncing in the wave pool. Lay out in the sun to dry off before hopping on the roller coaster, zipping around in go-karts or challenging your family to mini-golf. The park fills up in the afternoons, so we recommend arriving at park opening to get a few hours in with minimal crowds.
airplane National Naval Aviation Museum: Let imagination run wild. Kids become pilots at the National Naval Aviation Museum. This hands-on museum is one of the world’s largest air and space museums, with over 4,000 artifacts and 150 restored aircraft. Your family will be treated to an immersive experience into the world of aviation with interactive cockpits, flight simulators, an IMAX theater, and photo opportunity with real Blue Angels aircraft. As the museum shares a home with the United States Navy’s Blue Angels squadron, you may even get the chance to watch the planes perform practice demonstrations! Access the museum from Blue Angels Parkway. As it’s located on a military base, be sure to bring along IDs for anyone over 16.
playground Perdido Kids Park: Just off Gulf Beach Highway, this unique kids playground is a great place to stop after a day at the Naval Museum. The Perdido Kids Park is a child’s dream - an intricate maze of wooden playgrounds and forts including a lighthouse, play Blue Angels planes, swings and slides.
paw print Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: This small, local zoo lets you get nice and close to the 500+ animals that live there - including lions, monkeys, and bears. One of the greatest things about "the little zoo that could," as it's referred to by the locals, is the opportunity to meet and greet some of the animals. Kids can cuddle a baby kangaroo, take a selfie with a lemur, or pay a visit to Sid and Sylvia, the resident sloths! There’s lots to learn and explore. Plan on taking a few hours to visit all of the educational and interactive exhibits.
baseball Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Game: Make the short drive to Pensacola for a hometown baseball game at the award-winning Blue Wahoos Stadium with views of scenic Pensacola Bay over the outfield walls. This double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds has called Pensacola home since 2012, the same year their stadium was named Best Ballpark of the Year. Be sure to check the schedule for game times and promotions - including drink and food specials, giveaways and fireworks! Not baseball season? The stadium is also home to year-round special events, such as concerts and craft beer festivals.
fireworks The Wharf at Orange Beach: You won’t want to miss this family-friendly entertainment district in Orange Beach. Beat the heat with some laser tag at the indoor arcade “ Arena the Next Level” or catch a movie at the 15-sceen cinema. Enjoy Sharky’s Family Adventure Center with Mini Golf, Zip Lines and 2 Sky Rail Ropes Course. After the sun sets, Main Street lights up with SPECTRA - a nightly light and sound spectacular choreographed to music - sure to dazzle kids and adults alike. Take a look at The Wharf’s website before you go, as they often host kids nights in the summer with live animals, face painting, and more!