Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

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
(800) 426-4929
(251) 433-2703
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From the WWII 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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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.  
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Mobile Carnival Museum

355 Government St.
Mobile, AL 36602
(251) 432-3324
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The museum highlights the birthplace of Mardi Gras in America. See royal robes, crowns, scepters, costume design and float construction. Youth can become a costumed rider in the Little Mystics Den.
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Landmark Tours

26 Hoffren Drive
Fairhope, AL 36533
(251) 928-0207
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We're in our 23rd year of planning and conducting private bus trips for Convention, Business and Social Groups of fabulous Coastal Alabama!Tours showcasing Gulf of Mexico, Historic Mobile Bay and Tensaw Delta areas by Historic-Nature and Whimsy tours, of four hours or more. Just for the fun of it!
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Historic Blakeley State Park

34745 State Hwy. 225
Spanish Fort, AL 36577
(251) 626-0798
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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. Within the park's grounds are 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.
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Historic Oakleigh

350 Oakleigh Place
Mobile, AL 36604
(251) 432-1281
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The Historic Oakleigh House Museum is a circa 1833 country villa built by cotton factor James Roper, from Virginia. Oakleigh is a raised T-Shaped Greek Revival home and a remarkable example of historic preservation and adaptation. The home has been continuously occupied for 181 years, first as a home to five families, then by the Greek Orthodox Church and finally, by the Historic Mobile Preservation Society.
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History Museum of Mobile

111 S. Royal St.
Mobile, AL 36602
(251) 208-7569
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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, its collection boasts more than 90,000 artifacts related to Mobile history. See real pieces of history, a cannon from the Civil War raider ship CSS Alabama and a baseball signed by Mobile legend Henry “Hank” Aaron. The museum features permanent exhibits that explore Mobile’s history from colonization to present, themed exhibits highlighting Mardi Gras, shipbuilding and daily life in Mobile Bay. It also features special exhibits that are rotated periodically.
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Gulf Shores Helicopter Tours

1215 Commerce Dr
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(855) 496-2747
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Civil War and historical tours, sea life, beachside helicopter rides. Perfect for families, an excellent and exciting adventure! Morning flights from Jack Edwards Airport. Afternoon flights from Orange Beach location.
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Gulf Shores Museum

244 W. 19th Ave.
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 968-1473
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Fly through the eye of a hurricane with “Hurricane Hunters” and our interactive display. Permanent exhibits, special exhibits, films and both adult and youth programs are offered throughout the year.
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Fairhope Museum of History

24 N. Section St.
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, mayor’s office, town council chamber, and fire station outfitted with an original 1935 firetruck. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tu.-Sat.
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* All information contained in our database is supplied by the individual businesses to the AGCCVB for inclusion on our web site and in printed materials.
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