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Great Summer Gulf Coast Staycation Ideas

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Looking for a fun, family-friendly summertime activity that won't break the bank? One of the great things about living along the Gulf Coast is having a playground in your own back yard! There are plenty terrific staycation ideas to enjoy as day trips or super-short weekend getaways matter where you live along the eastern Gulf Cost.

Fun Gulf Coast Staycation Ideas

Plenty of great options are within an easy drive of your home base! A few choices include:

Art Outings

Want to enhance your cultural awareness? Dedicate a day to art appreciation! Spend the morning at the Mobile Museum of Art or the Eastern Shore Art Center, then head to downtown Mobile for lunch and to browse Cathedral Square Gallery and Urban Emporium. If you want a more hands-on approach to art, schedule an outing at Paint and Pals in Mobile or Daphne.

Military History

There are several options to visit attractions focused on military history along the Gulf Coast. Spend a day at the National Aviation Museum in Pensacola, plan an outing onboard the Battleship USS Alabama or head to New Orleans to visit the National World War II Museum.

Beach Time

Head any direction except north and you'll run into a beach, which is a great option for a summertime staycation escape. Whether you head to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Beaches, Gulf Shores or Orange Beach in Alabama, Pensacola Beach or one of the other beaches of Northwest Florida, there are plenty of great places to enjoy sand and surf!

Water Parks

If you want to enjoy a wet and wild time without getting sand between your toes, opt for one of the great water parks along the Gulf Coast! Visit Waterville USA in Gulf Shores, Sam's Surf City in Pensacola or head to Gulfport for an outing at Gulf Islands Waterpark.

Science Learning

For a day of science-oriented fun and learning, plan a visit to the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, being sure to see an IMAX movie while you're there. Alternately, head down to Dauphin Island and pay a visit to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Estuarium, where you'll have a chance to get up close and personal with over 100 species of sea life.

Enjoy All the Coast Has to Offer

There is so much to see and do along the Gulf Coast. All you need to enjoy a special staycation is a commitment to take a day (or even more!) off from work and get together with your family or friends to enjoy an outing to remember. Have a great adventure without even having to check into a hotel!

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