We were so spoiled living in Charlotte, NC.  Beaches in SC were only about 3.5 hours away.  An easy trip with kids.  Then we moved to Little Rock and were surprised to hear how common it was to drive 10 hours to the beach.  10 hours?  In a car?  With kids?!  Yeah, we’re spoiled.

If you’re taking a baby or toddler to the beach you might want to read this post with tips from the moms.

A mom recently asked what’s the closest beach to Memphis.  Here’s what the moms had to say:

Gulf Shores-6 hours

Yep Gulf Shores. Orange Beach is a little bit further but very nice.

Perdido Key is just a bit from OB and gorgeous. Wish I was there NOW 🙂

I love gulf shores and orange beach. If you use gulfshoresreservations.com they usually have deals where you get the 4th night free, etc. as well as free movie rentals, free dolphin cruise or deep sea fishing (one ticket per day, so if two ppl went one would have to pay) and a few other perks. I have always been pleased with this company.
Orange Beach!

Agreed it is Gulf Shores but, in my experience of traveling it, it’s more like 8 to 9 hours with stops and the traffic for the last stretch.

no way is it 6 hours. i have heard that claim before, but we minimize stops and have done it flying in 8.5 hours. and be careful, the “flying” once cost us a $150 speeding ticket on some small highway in Alabama.

Orange Beach 🙂 but when we drive it takes about 8 1/2 hours with a toddler.

watch out for the troopers in AL lol

Coming from an habitual speeder, Gulf Shores is a good 8-8.5 hours if you are traveling with kids. Alone you can do it in 7.5. But no way it can be done in 6. Too many small AB towns that you can’t go faster that 55. I’ve made the trip by car 3 times. The last time was 4/2005. My daughter as 22 months. It’s an easy drive.

We go to orange beach 2-3 times a year…. It is 7 1/2 hours with 2 stops(gas and quick meal)

Looks like orange beach is the new Destin…. 🙂 had my honeymoon there 26 years ago and still love that place.