Plan Your Family-Friendly Spring Break Along Alabama’s Gulf Coast

January 22, 2024

Embarking on an unforgettable spring break to Alabama’s Gulf Coast starts with two things: 1) Early planning and 2) A touch of imagination. For obvious reasons (ahem, sugar white sands and crystal clear waters), Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are some of the country’s most popular spring break destinations. With this popularity comes reality—beach homes and beach activities book up fast! 

The key to a stress-free and memorable family vacation to the Alabama Gulf Coast lies in early bookings and a nuanced understanding of the unique needs of your group. With our detailed guide, you’ll navigate the planning process like a pro, ensuring your spring break is not just easy but easily one of the most serene getaways you’ll ever have.

Step 1: Book the Vacation Rental of Your Dreams – Early!

Kickstart your spring break in Orange Beach or Gulf Shores by securing the perfect beach house. At Kaiser Vacation Rentals, we pride ourselves on offering a diverse range of luxury vacation homes tailored for every family size and preference. 

The golden rule? Book early! Beach homes are in high demand, especially during spring break, with some bookings made a year in advance. We suggest booking as soon as possible to ensure you get the best pick of our beautiful vacation homes. 

Whether you’re looking for a charming two-bedroom cottage for a small family getaway or an opulent eight-bedroom beachfront home for a large family reunion, our selection is unmatched. Our properties can accommodate groups as large as 40, with many available for extended family vacations

For a weeklong stay, comfort is paramount. Our insider tip: choose a rental with more room than you think you’ll need, allowing everyone much-needed space and privacy. Extra space means more comfort, especially when it’s filled with amenities, like private pools and EV charging stations, that make you feel at home. For more tips on finding the perfect home away from home, check out our 5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Beach House Rental.

Step 2: Decide What Activities You’ll Want to Do

Put simply, there’s a reason the Alamaba Gulf Coast is the best spring break destination for families. Of course, this means booking your vacation home isn’t the only thing you’ll need to do sooner rather than later. The key to a smooth experience is to book fun activities well in advance. Spring break weeks are a peak time, and popular attractions fill up fast. Start by securing your daily necessities like beach chairs and umbrellas, ensuring you have a comfortable spot on the beach each day. 

Are you considering going on a fishing trip? Book that in advance, too! We recommend Reel Surprise Charters for a fun experience with Alabama locals. To cater to all interests, consider splitting your group based on age and preferences—the older kids go parasailing while the younger ones find a fun water park with kid-safe activities. Get everyone’s input—when they feel like they have a say, everyone will enjoy the vacation much more!

Step 3: Find a Few Good Restaurants to Enjoy

Exploring the culinary delights of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is an integral part of your spring break experience. The area has something for every palate, and you can take your pick from casual, family-friendly restaurants to upscale waterfront eateries. 

Tacky Jacks is one of the most popular restaurants on the Alabama Gulf Coast. They serve an excellent breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a family-friendly setting and emphasize a fun meal. For a delicious breakfast or brunch, check out Brick & Spoon. Get on their Yelp waitlist before you head to the restaurant for shorter wait times. Lulu’s is more than just a favorite hot spot; it’s a family-friendly restaurant with activities for the kids, including a ropes course, arcade, and more! Their hand-crafted menu showcases Southern favorites, including gumbo, smoked tuna dip, and seafood Po’ Boys. They also offer a menu just for the kids and delicious desserts. For a mix of casual and upscale beach-front dining, visit CoastAL in Orange Beach, serving fresh seafood at the restaurant or beachside bar.

It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3, and You’re Done!

The perfect spring break itinerary is a sea breeze away. Use the above steps as your outline, and you’re off to a great start. Don’t forget to give yourself enough time to relax on the sand and sit poolside—this time to destress is key! 

Want more ideas of what to do on your spring break trip? Take a look at our activities list for inspiration. Planning is only the first step; the hardest part—packing!—begins after. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered in that department as well. Once you have everything on that list, make sure you stuff in as many swimsuits as your luggage allows, and you’ll be ready to go!


Planning your spring break in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores is easy with the right guide. By booking your vacation rental early, planning your activities sooner than you might think necessary, and exploring the diverse dining options, you’re all set for a memorable, family-friendly spring break. Prepare to create unforgettable memories on the serene shores of Alabama’s Gulf Coast!

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