Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Alabama Gulf Coast History

From 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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Mobile Carnival Museum
355 Government Street
Mobile, AL 36602
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Immerse yourself in the rich history and traditions of carnival. See firsthand the intricate designs and artistry of majestic crowns, scepters and robes of Mardi Gras monarchs. Discover the art of costume design and float construction. View videos of parades and balls. Witness the pomp and pageantry of past coronations. Browse historical photographs dating back to 1886. Experience a behind the mask view of the street party by climbing aboard a rocking float, and become a costumed youth rider in the Little Mystics Den. More Info More Info
26 Hoffren Drive
Fairhope, AL 36533
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Just for the fun of it! We've got more than 25 years of planning and conducting private bus trips across fabulous Coastal Alabama for convention, business and social groups. Our package tours showcase the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Mobile Bay and Tensaw Delta areas. Choose from Historic, Nature and Whimsy tour themes or design a specialized tour just for you, whether for foodies, military buffs or fun-seekers. Tours of four hours or more. Large and small groups. Step-on guide services available for any group. More Info More Info
Historic Blakeley State Park
34745 State Hwy. 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36577
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Historic Blakeley State Park encompasses over 2,100 acres of the largest National Register Historic Site in the eastern United States. The park's grounds include the site of the last major battle of the Civil War, including several miles of unspoiled Confederate and Union fortifications associated with the Battle of Fort Blakeley of April 9, 1865; the site and remnants of the important early Alabama town of Blakeley; colonial era homesteads, and evidence of American Indian habitation from the Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, and Historic periods. More Info More Info
Historic Oakleigh
350 Oakleigh Place
Mobile, AL 36604
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The Historic Oakleigh House Museum is a circa 1833 country villa built by Virginia cotton mogul James Roper. A raised T-Shaped Greek Revival home, Oakleigh is a remarkable example of historic preservation and adaptation. The home has been occupied for more than 180 years, first as a home to five families, then by the Greek Orthodox Church and finally, by the Historic Mobile Preservation Society. Oakleigh has one of the most exquisite decorative and fine art collections in the South, containing more than 1,000 artifacts. More Info More Info
History Museum of Mobile
111 S. Royal Street
Mobile, AL 36602
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The History Museum of Mobile is a visual masterpiece that provides an unparalleled museum experience. Housed in the 1857 Southern Market/Old City Hall National Historic Landmark, our collection boasts more than 90,000 artifacts related to Mobile history. See items like a cannon from the CSS Alabama and a baseball signed by Mobile legend Henry “Hank” Aaron. We feature permanent exhibits that explore Mobile’s history, themed exhibits highlighting Mardi Gras, shipbuilding and daily life in Mobile Bay. We also feature special exhibits that are rotated periodically. More Info More Info
Gulf Shores Helicopter Tours
1215 Commerce Dr
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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We offer Civil War and historical tours, sea life and beachside helicopter rides. This is an excellent and exciting adventure that is perfect for families living in and visiting the destination. Our morning flights depart from Gulf Air Center at Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores while our afternoon flights leave from our Orange Beach location in front of Caribe Resort. Our flights from Gulf Shores can be booked by appointment only. Our Orange Beach flights go out every day of the week. More Info More Info
Gulf Shores Museum
244 W. 19th Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
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Fly through the eye of a hurricane with “Hurricane Hunters” and our interactive display. This local history museum tells the stories of this coastal town, its people, their lives and their livelihood. You can see a variety of permanent exhibits and special exhibits. Seasonal events and films as well as adult and youth programs are offered throughout the year. The museum’s home is a beach house that dates to before World War II and was originally located on West Beach. Admission is free. More Info More Info
Fairhope Museum of History
24 N. Section Street
Fairhope, AL 36532
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We are located in the heart of downtown in Fairhope’s 1928 Spanish Mission-style city hall building. The museum includes the original jail, mayor’s office, town council chamber and fire station outfitted with an original 1935 firetruck. We are home to a collection of artifacts from Fairhope’s unique past, preserving them for future generations and educating through exhibitions and programming about “all things Fairhope.” Come learn about our Single Tax District, the Jubilee phenomenon of the Eastern Shore and all that makes this city unique. More Info More Info
Fort Gaines Historic Site
51 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
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The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Today, the fascinating historic site is open daily for tours, school groups and sightseers. It's prime location on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico and offers a chance to experience living history first hand. Learn about the role of Fort Gaines in the Battle of Mobile Bay, one of the Civil War's most notable naval conflicts. More Info More Info
Fort Mims Road at County Road 80
Tensaw, AL 36579
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The Fort Mims historic site offers an amazing educational experience about its significant role in the history of Alabama and our nation. The site commemorates the lives of those lost 200 years ago during the Creek Indian war. The annual commemoration and living history weekend is held the last weekend in August. This event is a look at the daily life of early settlers and how their lives intermingled with the Creek Indians during the early 1800's, long before Alabama became a state. More Info More Info

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