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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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 North 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, mayors office, town council chamber, and fire station outfitted with an original 1935 firetruck. The hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tu.-Sat.
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Fort Gaines Historic Site

51 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
(251) 861-6992
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Learn about the role of Fort Gaines in the Battle of Mobile Bay, one of the Civil War's most notable naval conflicts. History spans three centuries. Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Fort Mims Historic Site

Fort Mims Rd. at County Rd. 80
Tensaw, AL 
(251) 533-9024
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Fort Mims is located off Hwy. 59 N. on County Rd. 80 W. in Tensaw, drive 3 miles to Ft. Mims Rd and turn right. Over 400 men, women and children, many of mixed heritage, were attacked by warring Creek Indians on August 30 1813. The annual reenactment is held the last full weekend of August.
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Fort Morgan

110 Hwy 180
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 540-7127
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Today, Fort Morgan State Historic Site is a testament to the evolution on coastal defense and a history lesson waiting to be explored.
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City of Foley Museum Archives and Model Train Exhibit

125 E. Laurel Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
(251) 943-1818
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The model trains are in operation on Tu., Th. and Sat. from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The museum hours are M-F 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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Baldwin County Bicentennial Park

51233 State Hwy. 225
Stockton, AL 36579
(251) 580-2572
(251) 580-1897
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The Baldwin County Bicentennial Park is a 367-acre area in North Baldwin County. It offers a unique family experience and provides extended hands-on opportunities to learn about the county’s history.
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Baldwin County Heritage Museum

25521 Hwy. 98
Elberta, AL 36530
(251) 986-8375
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We represent the grass roots of our society by providing a place for visitors to experience the heritage and share the ethnic and farming culture of Baldwin County.
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