Hit the beach
Soft, white sand is everywhere in the Gulf Shores area, spilling out a full 32 miles in Alabama alone. That includes Gulf State Park, where camping is encouraged and there's even a pool for you and your dog. The park includes a golf course if you feel like hitting the links -- just watch out for alligators. Otherwise, opportunities for kayaking, paddleboarding, and even surfing abound. The waves here are fairly small so it's a great place for beginners (unless there's a storm coming, in which case there will definitely be some big swells).