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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2703 Battleship Pkwy.
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.
Beautiful beaches, authentic downtowns, wildlife preserves, historic sites and fresh-off-the-boat seafood are all yours to enjoy along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Experience the link between the traditions of the Deep South and laid-back island lifestyle and connect with the waters, ways and wildlife of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
11300 Hwy. 98
This public research and education facility includes an interpretive center with indoor displays, live animals and forested boardwalk nature trails. The boardwalk trails are within 6,600 acres of protected estuarine habitats.
150 S. Royal St.
Colonial Mobile sits on the site of a historic fort built in the early 1700’s and celebrates our French, Spanish, British and American heritage. Open M – Sun. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
111 W. Laurel Ave.
Holmes Medical Museum is located in the first hospital in South Baldwin County from 1936-1958. It is open Mon -Sat from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. with free admission.
256 North Joachim St.
This beautiful home has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. We invite you to tour the house and have a cup of tea and cookies. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
17424 Swift-Coles Ln.
This beautiful 6000 sq. ft. historic home, circa 1882, is open for guided tours Tu. and F. from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission is $10 adults and $5 for children age 6-12.
2081 Radford Blvd.
Climb the 177 steps up 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.
25850 John M. Snook Ave.
The Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum contains local history, including: photos, memorabilia and artifacts about the area’s Indian culture, regional fishing and marine history. The museum is open Tu.-Th. from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1750 Radford Blvd.
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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