Combining classroom and vacation is easy when you bring your homeschool classroom on the road to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach feature many attractions that afford educational experiences covering a wide range of topics, including the environment, ecosystems, animal habitats, biology, oceanography and marine life, avionics and history. Let your kids have the best of both worlds – interactive and educational experiences that fit your curriculum and make it fun to learn, and when school’s out, head straight to the beach for fun in the sun!
Packing your classroom for a trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach doesn’t involve packing lots of books, either. Your Gulf Shores and Orange Beach education partners are accustomed to accommodating the needs of homeschool families and frequently have a curriculum in place, including handouts, activities and quizzes. With a little pre-planning, covering the textbook work before your trip allows your kids to let the words come to life, and let them experience a variety of field trips that create long-lasting memories. Consider a day trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to learn about marine biology and the ecosystem of the Gulf – a short ferry trip away. Or plan a day to spend at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, visiting the animals and learning about their habitats. If history is your focus for the time you are with us, be sure to plan visits to the Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum, Gulf Shores Museum, the USS Alabama, Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach education opportunities are not solely about spending the day on a guided tour or in a museum – our destination offers options for families with kids of diverse ages who want to learn and experience together. Stop by any of our local eateries and pack a picnic lunch to take with you while you learn about Alabama flora and fauna. Explore the Hugh S. Branyon Back Country Trail, which traverses four different ecosystems, and Gulf State Park is sure to please with a nationally recognized scenic nature trail. Indoor/outdoor discovery and exploration are easily found at Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. All are great for hands-on experiences, and create memories for the whole family.
Whether you plan to come take your field trip with us for a day, a week, or a month, we are sure our affordable accommodations will provide the environment you are looking for. Our accommodations include a wide variety of options, from hotels and resorts to rental homes and condos, and our family friendly casual vibe makes Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the natural choice for homeschooling parents looking for a wide range of learning in one destination. We know children learn the most when they’re having fun, and our 32 miles of uncrowded, sugar white beaches and turquoise water provide a fun and exciting way for them to learn. And for your family to experience a whole different state of togetherness.