3 Most Popular Free Things to Do in Gulf Shores for Families

While vacationing can be fun and will create priceless memories, it’s easy to get overwhelmed at the cost of traveling. Between reaching your destination, picking a place to stay, and paying for food and activities, the dollar signs can grow quickly! Luckily, Gulf Shores is packed full of budget-friendly attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

No matter what your group is interested in, there is an option for you that won’t break the bank, so you’re sure to find something just moments from our rentals on Gulf Shores.

Gulf Shores Museum

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To escape the heat and learn a little about the area, head to Gulf Shores Museum. Originally, this establishment was located in a historic home on West Beach, but following 1979’s Hurricane Frederic, it was donated to the city and had multiple uses before becoming the museum we know today. You’ll also find a gorgeous steeple with a 40-foot mast. Admission is free, as are the multiple events held throughout the year. Find them on Facebook for a full calendar of all the happenings.

Gulf Shores Museum is located at 244 W. 19th Avenue. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.


Perhaps the most obvious free activity on Gulf Shores is the beach! This area is full of incredible public beaches for you to spread your towel and enjoy the sunshine. Gulf Shores itself has lots of public access locations, and many of them featuring free parking, including 2nd Street Public Beach, Cotton Bayou, and Romar Beach. Other access points like the Gulf State Park Pavilion Area and Gulf Shores Public Beach charge a small fee for all-day parking.

You can also head to nearby destinations like Orange Beach, Perdido Key, or Fort Morgan for even more each access. Beaches are perfect for boating, swimming, and tanning, but they’re particularly great for bird watching, especially if you arrive early. You’re likely to spot species like blue herons, brown pelicans, and maybe even a bald eagle! 

The Wharf

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Head down the shore to Orange Beach to experience The Wharf, a shopping and dining pavilion that’s an experience all its own. While there is certainly the opportunity to spend money here, you can have just as much fun window shopping and enjoying live music and a breathtaking view. The Wharf Amphitheater holds some incredible concerts, while the Marina gives you the best access to the water. You can also check out the Ferris Wheel, arcade, and so much more.

The Wharf is located at 23101 Canal Road. Hours may vary by shop.

Even More to Explore

These are just a few of the great free activities near our Gulf Shores beach house rentals. Other great options include the numerous parks for the kids to enjoy or the museums dedicated to everything from aviation to medicine to railroads and more. Head to a wildlife refuge to get close to magnificent wildlife, or see if there’s a fun festival happening while you’re in town. The possibilities are truly endless, and they prove that you don’t need to break the bank to have an unforgettable vacation!

Gulf Shore Rentals

At the end of a long day of sightseeing and exploring, our Gulf Shores vacation rentals will welcome you home and provide a tranquil and relaxing space. Curl up on the couch for a movie, or sip a glass of wine on your deck. Our rental options can suit any number of people, and no request is too big or too small. With our team at your side, you’ll rest assured knowing you’re receiving the best treatment.


Fort Morgan Property Management
6930 Hwy 180
Gulf Shores, AL 36542, USA
(800) 959-7326