3 Cool Spots to Combine Fun and Education

... it’s easy to sneak in some education...

While family vacations are normally all about fun and adventure, it’s easy to sneak in some education without the kids even noticing! From the beach to the Blue Angels, visitors can enjoy the best of everything while learning new things and seeing something different.

The GulfQuest National Maritime Museum

History is an important part of Gulf Coast culture. The area boasts numerous places to take in historic sites and have fun at the same time, but below we’re highlighting three of the cool spots to combine entertainment and education.

1.) The GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico is located on Water Street in downtown Mobile and is one of the only interactive maritime museums in the United States. Visitors can celebrate the historical, economic and cultural impact of “America’s Sea” and its coastline. The mission of the museum is “to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to understand and appreciate the Gulf Coast’s rich maritime heritage through exhibits, programs and activities.” With more than 90 exhibits, GulfQuest offers workshops and events highlighting maritime science, history and culture. Schedule a visit on your way to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach or take a short drive over to nearby Mobile during your beach vacation.

2.) Fort Morgan is a historical site that began construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1819 and was completed in 1834. Located on the Fort Morgan peninsula where the bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, the fort played a crucial role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Rich in history, Fort Morgan showcases the progress made by the nation’s military defenses. In addition to exploring the fort, visitors can also take advantage of the beach, fishing and nature trails.

Blue Angels Practice

3.) The National Naval Aviation Museum in nearby Pensacola, Florida, is ideal for a family excursion. The museum is the largest Naval Aviation Museum in the U.S. and is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of military aviation. At nearly 350,000 square feet, it is home to 150 restored aircraft. The Flight Adventure Deck is a 9,000-square-foot attraction that houses interactive devices, kiosks and wind tunnels. The Emil Buehler Library opened in 1992 to showcase collections of the museum from 1911 to present day. The Blue Angels flight squadron holds weekly practices at various times throughout the year near the museum. The maneuvers are exciting and not to be missed if your vacation coincides with a practice or show day.

Spend time exploring the Gulf Coast and make education fun by visiting The GulfQuest National Maritime Museum, Fort Morgan Historic Site, and the National Naval Aviation Museum.

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