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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
(251) 433-2703
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From the Battleship USS ALABAMA to the Submarine USS DRUM and over 25 aircraft, the spirit of military pride is alive and well at Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park.
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Baldwin County Bicentennial Park

51233 State Hwy. 225
Stockton, AL 36579
(251) 580-2572
(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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Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd.
Theodore, AL 36582
(251) 973-2217
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Located on tranquil Fowl River, enjoy 65 acres of landscaped beauty and the Bellingrath Museum Home. Open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
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Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

1906 Springhill Ave.
Mobile, AL 36607
(251) 471-6364
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Historic tours are hosted in Mobile's grandest antebellum mansion Tu.-F from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. by our excellent tour guides. The last daily tour will begin by 3 p.m.
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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 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 nature trails. The boardwalk trails are within 6,600 acres of protected estuarine habitats.
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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 from 1936-1958. Open M - F from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free admission.
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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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