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Historic Forts Near Gulf Shores & Orange Beach AL

The history of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach provide insights into Alabama’s historic forts & battles

Here in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, there are wonders around every corner. Take a day to explore the vibrant history of our area with a visit to one of three forts with very interesting history. The history buffs in your group will enjoy the many activities found along our coastline the incorporates battles dating all the way back to 1864.

Fort Morgan

Take a break from the beach and visit Fort Morgan Historic Site located at Mobile Point, at the end of scenic Fort Morgan Peninsula. Spend a few hours or the full day exploring the site where the Battle of Mobile Bay took place in 1864. You can have an adventure at the Espionage at Mobile Point escape room! Your job is to find the defensive map and plan an escape route. You can also tour the grounds, visit the concession stands, take a nature walk and watch the local wildlife and catch the ferry to Dauphin Island while you’re there!

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Fort Gaines

Take a fun ferry ride over to Dauphin Island during your beach getaway to explore Fort Gaines. Fort Gaines is one of the key sites for the famous Battle of Mobile Bay and is surrounded by panoramic water views! The fort has original cannons, a blacksmith shop, kitchens, a museum, gift shop and tunnels to explore. You can visit daily from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Fort Conde

Operated by the History Museum of Mobile, Fort Conde is located in Downtown Mobile, Alabama and a short drive from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The original Fort Conde was built in 1723 by French explorers. The replica fort was built in 1976 as part of our nation’s bicentennial celebration and is open for daily tours. It also plays a role in Mardi Gras celebrations each year as part of Mobile’s fascinating history! You can visit Fort Conde any day of the week and your admission to the History Museum of Mobile also allows you admission into Fort Conde. It is great way to spend the day exploring part of Alabama’s history.

When you plan your beach getaway, schedule time in your itinerary to visit one or all of our historic sites in the area. Alabama has a rich history and it is even more fascinating to explore in person! Whether you visit in summer, fall, winter or spring, you can find something to explore around every corner of our area.

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