Whether you prefer rediscovering lessons from yesterday at historical sites and museums or basking in the natural beauty of today, the Alabama Gulf Coast is a treasure chest for history and nature lovers. Enjoy your adventures!
25521 Highway 98, Elberta - 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. Odyssey's Shipwreck! Treasures from the ship will take visitors on an amazing journey 1,700 feet below the surface of the Atlantic to the wreck of the SS Republic, the greatest shipwreck treasure of the Civil War-ear. Ticketed event.
The Battle of Mobile Bay Civil War Trail stretches from the Gulf of Mexico over 90 miles to north Mobile County, and documents the military movements and way of life on and around Mobile Bay during the Battle of the Bay (August 1864) and the Overland Campaign (March - May, 1865). A series of interpretive signs at more than a dozen sites tell the stories of the ship captains, fort commanders and fighting men who lived these historic events.
51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island - Where History spans three centuries. The role of Fort Gaines in the Battle of Mobile Bay, one of the wars most notable naval conflicts. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Adult, $5.00, Children 5-12 $ 3.00. June - August 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
60075 Hwy 59, Tensaw - Located at Hwy 59 N and County Road 80 W in Tensaw. This site is where over 500 Pioneer settlers were killed by warring Creek Indians on this site. Fort Mims is an Alabama treasure buried on five acres of land in the deep Tensaw woods and awaiting your discovery!
51 State Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores - At 6:30 a.m. on August 5, 1864, Union Admiral Farragut’s fleet started its run into Mobile Bay between Forts Morgan and Gaines. Suddenly, in hellish sheets of flame, the guns lashed out from Morgan’s walls. The Battle of Mobile Bay was on. Despite Morgan’s withering fire, the Union fleet managed to run the gauntlet into Mobile Bay and out of range of Morgan’s guns. The siege of Fort Morgan lasted for nearly three more weeks before the fort fell into Union hands on August 23.
244 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores - Hurricane Hunters in an exciting video. Visit Fishing the Lagoon: A Way of Life. See gear used to fish and shrimp on the Gulf Coast and in Little Lagoon. View a weather video from our collection. Special exhibits, films and other events offered throughout the year. Free admission.
34745 State Hwy 225, Spanish Fort - Visit the site of the last major battle of the Civil War. Enjoy 10 1/2 miles of hiking and bike trails, camping and a serene boardwalk next to the Tensaw River.
1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola - The National Naval Aviation Museum features nearly 300,000 square feet of displays and is one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station, the Museum boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation. Among the countless things to touch, see and experience are the thrilling flight simulators, incredible exhibits and exciting IMAX® films. Museum admission is free. Open everyday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
25850 John M. Snook Avenue, Orange Beach - Open Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Contains local history, Indian culture, regional fishing and marine history. Photos, memorabilia and artifacts.