1. LuLu’s (http://www.lulubuffett.com/) Gulf Shores, Alabama
Great for families’ of small children. The area surrounding the restaurant is a kid’s paradise. Lots of activities, a full sand playground, a climbing ropes course, gift shops, and right on the Intracoastal Waterways for watching boat traffic, live music for the adults.
2. The Original Oyster House (http://www.originaloysterhouse.com/) Gulf Shores, Alabama
This was my children’s favorite place when they were younger. The children’s menu is price reasonably with free kid’s meals at some locations and with coupons at visitor’s centers. The boardwalk surrounding the Oyster House has many store venues, a playground, places to take memorable pictures, and alligators to feed (sometimes) but fish to feed all of the time. It is within walking distance to all the shopping centers, one being the Shark place (http://www.souvenircity-gs.com/) as my kids call it. Great place for pictures.
3. The Hangout (http://www.thehangout.com/) Gulf Shores, Alabama
This is for the older family members, teens will like being on the public beach. Still the smaller kids have many playing areas, seating outside for parents to watch, three outdoor music venues that usually begin at dusk. It hosts one of the largest music fest during May with thousands of attendees.
4. The Crab Trap in Period Key, Florida (http://www.crabtrapdestin.com/the-crab-trap-perdido-key.html)
Right on the beach, a large playground and area for kids, lots of specials, nice setting.
5. Lillian’s Pan Pizza in Perdido Key, Florida (https://locu.com/places/lillians-pan-pizza-pensacola-us/#menu)
Not a playground available, but some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. If you’ve had all the seafood you can stand, this is a nice alternative and they deliver.
6. Villaggio Grille in Orange Beach ( http://www.villaggiogrille.com/page3.html)
This is a more upscale restaurant but has outdoor seating at The Wharf (http://www.alwharf.com/) which is a marina, amphitheater, and outdoor shopping mall, (http://www.alwharf.com/shopping-dining/directory.php), full of things to do. It even has a ferris wheel, (https://www.alwharf.com/ferris-wheel.php).
7. Tacky Jacks has three locations, (http://www.tackyjacks.com/). Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, and Orange Beach, Alabama.
All three are casual and on the water featuring a wrap around deck for a panoramic view on every side. Food is very kid friendly and there is a playgrounds at the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach location.
8. Felix’s Fish Camp Grill in Spanish Fort, Alabama on the Causeway, (http://felixsfishcamp.com/)
Great food, awesome views of Mobile Bay, perfect end to a tour of the USS Alabama, (http://www.ussalabama.com/).
9. Cobalt’s in Orange Beach, Alabama, (http://www.cobaltrestaurant.net/)
Underneath the Perdido Bridge it is nestled on peninsula where most of the Alabama coastal boating take place. Beautiful outdoor patio setting, live music, plenty of space and sights for children. Surrounded by the Perdido bay and the gulf, it’s a perfect place for lunch or dinner.
10. Peg Leg Pete’s in Pensacola Beach, Florida (http://peglegpetes.com/)
The name itself is enough to stir up a kid’s imagination. Pensacola Beach, (http://www.visitpensacolabeach.com/) is packed with things to do. It is one of the top 25 beaches in the US.
What are your top 10?