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Alabama Gulf Coast History

Fort MimsFrom Fort Morgan to Fort Gaines to the USS Alabama Battleship, history comes alive on the Gulf Coast. Learn about the more recent past at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park or the National Museum of Naval Aviation, or step back in time to a different century when cannons guarded our waterways at Historic Fort Morgan.

Museums that recall the area’s past Native American history, medical history and railroads also feature in the Gulf Coast’s historical landscape. Take a break from the beach and discover our varied past. You’ll learn about the area, and will likely leave with a new appreciation for its humble beginnings in the days of railroads and military barracks.

Mobile Bay Civil War Trail

Fort Morgan, at the end of Alabama Highway 180 in Gulf Shores, is just one stop along the Mobile Bay Civil War Trail that highlights famous Civil War battles, including the Battle of Mobile Bay and the Overland Campaign. The trail stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to north Mobile County – more than 90 miles – and offers a look into what the sailors, soldiers and marines did each day.

A look at the Mobile Civil War Trail will reveal the origins of some of the most famous battle cries in history, including “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” Include a stop on the Civil War Trail in your vacation itinerary and get a glimpse into the early days of war and settlement.

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USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park

USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park
2703 Battleship Pkwy.
Mobile, AL 36602
800-426-4929
251-433-2703
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At Mobile's Battleship Memorial Park, you don't have to look very far to find heroes. From the Battleship USS ALABAMA to the Submarine USS DRUM and over 25 aircraft, the spirit of military pride is alive and well.  Visit and experience life the way it was over seven decades ago.  USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park....America's Most Unique Military Attraction!

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Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center & IMAX® Dome Theater

65 Government St.
Mobile, AL 36633
877-625-4FUN
251-208-6893
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A hands-on science adventure for family fun and entertainment. This playground for the mind has more than 150 interactive exhibits, larger-than-life IMAX Dome films and the all new My Body Works health gallery.

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Gulf Shores Museum

244 W. 19th Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-968-1473
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Fly through the eye of a hurricane with “Hurricane Hunters” and our interactive display. Permanent exhibits, special exhibits, films and both adult and youth programs are offered throughout the year.

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Fairhope Museum of History

24 North Section Street
Fairhope, AL 36532
251-929-1471
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Located in Fairhope's 1928, Spanish Mission style City Hall, the museum includes the original Jail, Mayors Office, Town Council Chamber, and Fire Station out fitted with an original 1935 firetruck. Fairhope's colorful history is covered in many displays, featuring the 1894 Single Tax Colony and our Populist, Utopian founders. Hours, 9:00 - 5:00 Tue - Sat. Phone 251-929-1471.

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Fort Gaines Historic Site

51 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
251-861-6992
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“Where History spans three centuries.” Learn about the role of Fort Gaines in the Battle of Mobile Bay, one of the Civil Wars most notable naval conflicts. Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Fort Mims Historic Site

Fort Mims Rd. at County Rd. 80
Tensaw, AL 
251-533-9024
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Fort Mims is located at Hwy. 59 N. and County Rd. 80 W. in Tensaw. Over 500 Pioneer settlers were killed by warring Creek Indians on this site.

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Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan
110 State Hwy. 180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-540-5257
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"Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!" You can almost hear the command of Admiral David Farragut as he led his troops into the battle of Mobile Bay. Today, Fort Morgan is a testament to the evolution of American coast defense and a history lesson waiting to be explored.

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City of Foley Museum Archives and Model Train Exhibit

125 E. Laurel Ave
Foley, AL 36535
251-943-1818
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The model trains are in operation on Tu., Th. and Sat. from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The museum hours are M-F 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Baldwin County Bicentennial Park

51233 State Hwy. 225
Stockton, AL 36579
251-580-1897
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The Baldwin County Bicentennial Park is a 367 acre area in North Baldwin County. It offers a unique family experience and provides extended hands-on opportunities to learn about the county’s history.

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Baldwin County Heritage Museum

25521 Hwy. 98
Elberta, AL 36530
251-986-8375
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We represent the grass roots of our society by providing a place for visitors to experience the heritage and share the ethnic and farming culture of Baldwin County.

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