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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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The Holmes Medical Museum

111 W. Laurel Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
251-970-1818

Holmes Medical Museum is located in the first hospital in South Baldwin County. Each room depicts some area of medicine as it was practiced in the early years.

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Swift-Coles Historic Home

17424 Swift Coles Ln.
Bon Secour, AL 36511
251-949-5550
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This historic home is open for tours Tu. and F from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission: $10 for adults and $5 for children age 6-12. Admission is free for children under six.

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Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum

2081 Radford Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32508
850-393-1561
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Climb the 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum for one of the most beautiful views of the Gulf Coast. Built in 1859, the lighthouse is located on board NAS Pensacola.

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Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum

25850 John M. Snook Ave.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-981-8545
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The Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum contains local history, including: photos, memorabilia and artifacts about the area’s Indian culture, regional fishing and marine history. The museum is open T and Th. from 9 a.m. – 4p.m.

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National Museum of Naval Aviation

1750 Radford Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32508
800-327-5002
850-453-2389
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The National Naval Aviation Museum features nearly 375,000 square feet of displays and boasts more than 190 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation. Museum admission is free.  

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Mobile Bay Ferry

51 State Hwy. 180 W.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-861-3000
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Vehicle/passenger ferry operating between Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan. Daily departures occur every one and one half hours. Call for rates and schedule.

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Landmark Tours

26 Hoffren Drive
Fairhope, AL 36533
251-928-0207
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We're in our 21st year of planning and conducting private bus trips for Convention, Business and Social Groups of fabulous Coastal Alabama!Tours showcasing Gulf of Mexico, Historic Mobile Bay and Tensaw Delta areas by Historic-Nature and Whimsy tours, of four hours or more. Just for the fun of it!

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Historic Blakeley State Park

34745 State Hwy. 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36577
251-626-0798
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Site of the last major battle of the Civil War, Historic Blakely State Park features miles of hiking and bike trails, RV and primitive camping, two boardwalks next to the Tensaw River, a fishing pier and boat tours.

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Historic Oakleigh

350 Oakleigh Place
Mobile, AL 36604
251-432-1281
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Tour one of Mobile's oldest and grandest homes. Learn about King Cotton, urban slavery, the Civil War on a guided tour that also includes the Union barracks building. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00AM - 3:00PM. Tours on the hour only. We begin our last tour of the day at 2:00 p.m.

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* All information contained in our database is supplied by the individual businesses to the AGCCVB for inclusion on our web site and in printed materials.
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