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
2703 Battleship Pkwy.
Mobile, AL 36602
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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. More Info More Info
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
11300 Hwy. 98
Fairhope, AL 36532
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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. More Info More Info
150 S. Royal St.
Mobile, AL 36602
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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. The fort is open M – Sun. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. More Info More Info
111 W. Laurel Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
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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. More Info More Info
The Richards DAR House Museum
256 North Joachim St.
Mobile, AL 36603
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The Richards DAR House Museum, a beautiful Italianate style town home built in 1860 by a local riverboat captain. Carrara marble adorns mantels, massive bronze and brass chandeliers with ruby red bohemian glass. All reflect the ambiance of the era and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Richards House is closed on Tuesday, open Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri. from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun. 1 – 4 p.m. Visit our website http://www.richardsdarhouse.com More Info More Info
Swift-Coles Historic Home
17424 Swift-Coles Ln.
Bon Secour, AL 36511
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Circa 1882. This 16 room historic home is located on the bend of the Bon Secour river under 120 year old Southern Live Oak trees. It was the home of Charles & Susan Swift and their 11 children until 1976 when it was purchased by Nik Coles, who filled it with antiques from around the world. Before his death in 2007, he bequeathed the home to the Baldwin County Historic Development Commission. The home is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2009 the home was opened to the public for guided tours on Tuesdays & Fridays and as a beautiful Wedding & Reception venue. For more info please visit our website www.SwiftColesHistoricHome.com We are a Non-Profit Organization and all donations are tax-deductible. More Info More Info
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. More Info More Info
Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum
25850 John M. Snook Ave.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
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Originally built in 1910 as a schoolhouse, the Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum now serves as a place where locals and visitors can come and learn about the destination’s Native American and fishing heritage. Many families of early fishermen have donated supplies, collectibles and much more to showcase the early days of our fishing industry. The museum is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-4pm. Group tours of five or more guests can be scheduled at other times by making reservations. Admission is free. More Info More Info
National Museum of Naval Aviation
1750 Radford Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32508
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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.   More Info More Info
355 Government St.
Mobile, AL 36602
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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. More Info More Info

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