Fun on the Gulf: Watersports in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

When you visit the Alabama Gulf Coast, one of the first things you realize is that the area is teeming with adventure. But sometimes you need something especially amazing. When you’re really looking to make memories to last a lifetime, you’ll want to head for the water!

Of course, the beach and its perfect white sands are the main attractions. But when you’re really hoping for a thrill, you’ll need something a little more exciting than our gentle Gulf Coast waves. Check out the great places below for other ways to have fun on the water.

Happy Harbor

Family-owned Happy Harbors Marina offers a fun and friendly atmosphere with a knowledgeable staff and one of the largest varieties of water-related activities in the area. Highly respected among locals and repeat visitors, Happy Harbor boasts a huge fleet of boats for rent, jet skis and more, including everything you’ll need for a day at the beach or a flight high into the sky! Southern Rose Parasailing & Dolphin Tours leaves out of Happy Harbors Marina and has everything from an educational program to ice cream and snacks onboard!

Caribe Marina & Watersports

If you’re looking to spend an afternoon taking advantage of all of the activities a company offers, Caribe Marina & Watersports is the perfect choice. Caribe offers parasailing, boating, fishing, dolphin cruises, mermaid cruises, and more. When you travel along for a mermaid cruise, living mermaids will swim with you and your family, which is a dream come true for mermaid-loving kids! Caribe Marina truly has everything you need to have a fun, beach-filled day.

Blue Sky Parasail

Blue Sky Parasail and Watersports provide great parasailing trips, but also jet ski rentals, and banana boat rides. All of these activities are perfect for enjoying the beautiful blue waters in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. If you’re looking for a place where you can enjoy many different activities, Blue Sky is a great choice. See the beach like a seagull as you ride and glide high above the water.

Alabama Extreme Watersports

With a name like that, you know it’s got to be fun! Alabama Extreme Watersports offers daily waverunner dolphin tours and jet ski rentals with the shortest no-wake zone in the area, so there’s nothing standing between you and a good time. The company is known for its exceptional watersports know-how, with a staff ready to help you have the time of your life. AE Watersports also offers jets dolphin tours, which offer fun and unique way to get up close and personal with local wildlife.

Chute Em Up Parasail

Chute Em Up Parasail has been offering high-flying excitement in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Perdido Key since 2004, with an uncompromising commitment to safety that means parasailing adventures are available to everyone ages 3 and up. With almost a five-star rating on Google, their customers report having a great experience. Their company also offers dolphin cruises, where you and your family can see dolphins swim in the ocean. They have two locations in Orange Beach and two in Gulf Shores. Flying since 2004, they have great experience in giving customers the ride of their dreams.

Banana Boat Rides

Are you ready for something completely different? Grab your friends and family and hop on board a Banana Boat! These brightly colored floats are pulled swiftly through the waves behind a jet ski, and their inflated bounciness makes them pop up and dive back down with the rhythm of the water. Highly rated for safety AND fun, these amazing floats will give your crew memories that last a lifetime.

Chute for the Sky

Chute for the Skye Parasailing offers some of the best prices in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key, and will match any competitor’s lower price!  Double and triple flights with friends and family are Chute for the Skye’s most popular packages, and they let you share one of the most amazing experiences of your life with someone you love! Watch for wildlife from above or marvel at how blue the Gulf Coast sky can be.

Remember to check out our full list of Watersports options to save on your next adventure!

And stay tuned to our blog to hear about more fun places to find wet and wild adventure on the Gulf!