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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Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum
2081 Radford Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32508
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Climb the 177 steps up to 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. Feel the power of the Blue Angels as they zoom past you from the catwalk of the lighthouse or hunt for ghosts in the Keeper’s Quarters and discover why our lighthouse is one of America’s most haunted. Visit us today for a beautiful experience and learn about the interesting history of the lighthouse. More Info More Info
Old Methodist Church Museum of Daphne
405 Dryer Ave.
Daphne, AL 36526
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The Old Methodist Church Museum, formerly Daphne United Methodist Church, is the second oldest church building in Baldwin County and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The adjacent cemetery predates the church where the earliest recorded burial was in 1847. View the permanent collection of arts and crafts, period clothing, slave gallery, silver-dollar bell, original pews, and the original chandelier converted to electricity and other historical items. Tour and explore the historical grounds today and learn more about the history of Baldwin County. More Info More Info
Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum
25850 John M. Snook Ave.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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The building that houses the Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum was originally built in 1910 as a schoolhouse. It has served as a museum since 1995 and was moved to its present location in 1999. The Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum houses local artifacts and memorabilia relating to our Native American and fishing heritage. • Admission is free. • Facility is handicap accessible with ramps and handrails. • Plenty of parking. • Group Tours may be booked by making reservations call 251-981-8545. More Info More Info
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32508
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(800) 327-5002
The National Naval Aviation Museum is the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. Share the excitement of Naval Aviation’s rich history and see more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum’s nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll want to stay all day! Admission is free! More Info More Info
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 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

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