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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 Parkway
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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Baldwin County Bicentennial Park

51233 State Highway 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 Highway 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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Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd
Theodore, AL 36582
800-247-8420
251-973-2217
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Visit the 2004 Top Public Rose Garden in the US located at Mobile’s Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Meander through this 65-acre site and tour the original Bellingrath Museum Home.

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Alabama's Coastal Connection Scenic Byway


 
877-980-8224
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Beautiful beaches, authentic downtowns, wildlife preserves, historic sites and fresh-off-the-boat seafood are all yours to enjoy along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Experience the link between the traditions of the Deep South and laid-back island lifestyle and connect with the waters, ways and wildlife of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

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Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

11300 US Hwy 98
Fairhope, AL 36532
251-928-9792
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This public research and education facility includes an interpretive center with indoor displays, live animals, and forested boardwalk trails within 6,600 acres of protected estuarine habitats.

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Wild Native

240 E 24th Ave
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
800-508-2383
251-272-4088
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Home of the Coastal Eco Tour and Gulf Shores Sunset Cruise. Learn about the history, ecology and characters of coastal Alabama on these fun adventures.

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The Holmes Medical Museum

111 West Laurel Ave
Foley  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. Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Swift-Coles Historic Home

17424 Swift Coles Lane
Bon Secour, AL 36511
251-949-5550
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Home open Tuesdays and Fridays 10:00 - 4:00 Admission: $5.00 Children age 6 and under free. Just past the Tin Top Restaurant at CR 10 and CR49 in Bon Secour.

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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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