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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 36601
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.

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Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum

25850 John M. Snook Avenue
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-981-8545
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Open Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Contains local history, Indian culture, regional fishing and marine history. Photos, memorabilia and artifacts.

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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. Monday - Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit our website.        

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Mobile Bay Ferry

51 State Highway 180 West
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-861-3000
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Vehicle/passenger ferry operating between Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan. Daily departures every 1 1/2 hours. Check our website for rates and schedule.

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Landmark Tours

26 Hoffren Drive
Fairhope, AL 36533
251-928-0207
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Day tours aboard luxury buses. Trips planned for your group of 20 or more. We'll visit historical mansions, Civil War relics, forts and museums, nature centers, hikes, zoos, boat sightings of dolphins and alligators.

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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. Miles of hiking and bike trails; RV and primitive camping; two serene boardwalks on Tensaw River; fishing pier; boat tours; visitors allowed to bring their own horses

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Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center & IMAX® Dome Theater

65 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36633
877-625-4FUN
251-208-6873
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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 West 19th Avenue
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
251-968-1473
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Journey with "Hurricane Hunters" in an exciting video. Visit Fishing the Lagoon: A Way of Life. See gear used to fish and shrimp on the Gulf Coast and in Little Lagoon. Special exhibits, films and other events offered throughout the year. Free admission.

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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 Boulevard
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
251-861-6992
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Where History spans three centuries. The role of Fort Gaines in the Battle of Mobile Bay, one of the wars most notable naval conflicts. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adult 13 & up $6.00, Children 5-12 $ 4.00. Boy Scout Sleepovers. Weddings & Receptions. Find us on Facebook!

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