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We wish that every vacation was filled completely with soft breezes, beach-time fun and an endless supply of vitamin D, but sometimes, mother nature has a different plan.  When a little rain pops up during your vacation, don’t let it put a halt to your jaunt of family fun! Follow this tried and true list of amazing ways to get the most out of a rainy vacation day in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach!

1.The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo: When the weather is a tad bit drizzly, pack up your crew and head to the nationally acclaimed Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Featuring hundreds of beautiful animals ready to greet your family, the expert staff will help everyone in your group have an unforgettable wildlife experience.  Featuring a well balanced menagerie of national and exotic animals, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo provides fantastic exhibits for some truly unforgettable “animal encounters.”

For more information on the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, visit their website www.AlabamaGulfCoastZoo.org.

2. National Naval Aviation Museum: Located within the Pensacola Naval Air Station (PNAS), the National Naval Aviation Museum is truly a presentation of the finest relics of innovation throughout aviation history. Filled to the brim with partial and complete aircraft spanning decades of military focused aviation, the museum features two separate building to offer visitors the most complete assemble of both American and foreign aircraft used for major warfare and military transport. Additional attributes of the museum include the available flight simulators, an aviation library and the famed Cubi Bar Cafe.

Visit www.NavalAviationMuseum.com to view the complete offerings from this fantastic national landmark!

3. Movie Time in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach: Visitors to the Alabama Gulf Coast have great options for catching up on the latest flicks to hit the theaters. With locations at the Pelican Place shopping center in Gulf Shores and at The Wharf in Orange Beach, these state of the art cinemas provide everything that families are looking for when planning a great day or night out at the movies. The Cobb Pinnace theater in Gulf Shores features 14 screens for continuous play while the Rave Motion Pictures in the Wharf features 15 screens for fantastic movie viewing. Try one of the tasty restaurants at shopping centers and turn your trip to the movies into a fun filled family outing or  a great date night!

Visit The Wharf’s website to view more information on the Rave Motion Pictures theater in Orange Beach or the Cobb Pinnacle website for more information on the Gulf Shores theater location.

4. Take a day trip to Mobile: Located less than 90 minutes from the sugar white sand beaches of Gulf Shores, the historic city of Mobile has a plethora of activities and attractions for your entire family. Places such as the Exploreum and the Museum of Mobile provide educational environments packed with fun for visitors of all ages. Other notable attractions include the Mobile Museum of Art, Historic Carnival Museum and the USS Alabama Battleship.

Combine as many of the of the attractions together as you would like to enjoy a great day in the historic and beautiful city of Mobile!

USS ALABAMA Memorial Park logo, MobileWith less than one month left to train for the Kaiser Coastal Half- Marathon & 5K, The good people at The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile are hosting the perfect chance to fine tune your race skills.

On Saturday, November 12, at 8:00 A.M., they will be hosting a 5K run to raise funds to help keep up regular maintenance of the Battleship and the surrounding park.  The course will take runners from Battleship Park, east down the Causeway, and loop back for a finish at the end of Battleship Park.

With more than a half-century of history behind the USS Alabama and its presence in Mobile Bay, The USS [Read more...]

Mobile Bayfest 2011For years, the media has coined Bayfest as “The best deal in music,” and this year is certainly no different.

Less than an hour and a half North of the sugar white sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, over 125 bands will be hitting the stages and cranking up the volume for the 17th Anniversary of this three-day Bay Area Music Festival from October 7th-9th.

Upon its inception in 1995, the inaugural event boasted over 50,000 people in attendance, no small feat for a county with a population just over 400,000.  This year, event organizers are expecting upwards from 200,000 people coming out for the eclectic weekend festival.

This year, music fans are in for a big treat. With HUGE name Rock, R&B and Hip Hop acts as well as Top 40 sensations gracing the stages, Bayfest has really stepped it up this year.  With a history of big names such [Read more...]