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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Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

11300 Hwy. 98
Fairhope, AL 36532
(251) 928-9792
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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.
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The Fort of Colonial Mobile

150 S. Royal St.
Mobile, AL 36602
(251) 802-3092
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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.
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The Holmes Medical Museum

111 W. Laurel Ave.
Foley, AL 36535
(251) 970-1818
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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.
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The Richards DAR House Museum

256 North Joachim St.
Mobile, AL 36603
(251) 208-7320
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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.
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Swift-Coles Historic Home

17424 Swift-Coles Ln.
Bon Secour, AL 36511
(251) 949-5550
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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 for adults and $5 for children age 6-12.
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Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum

2081 Radford Blvd.
Pensacola, FL 32508
(850) 393-1561
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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.
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Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum

25850 John M. Snook Ave.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
(251) 981-8545
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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.
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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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* 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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