/Tag:fort gaines

Forts Still Guard Mobile Bay

On either side of the entrance to Mobile Bay from the Gulf of Mexico, a fort greets sailors and visitors. But these are not just gathering places for friends and family. Both Fort Gaines on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan on the western bank of the Fort Morgan Peninsula have storied ...Read More

Mobile Bay Ferry Rides Add to Byway Adventure

If you’re looking to add to your byway adventure at a more leisurely pace, the Mobile Bay Ferry may be just the stop for you. The ferry offers year-round service across Mobile Bay between Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island. Tickets can be purchased at varying rates for passage. No matter where you’ll arrive, the journey ...Read More

Civil War History (Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan)

Mobile Bay is home to two historical and iconic landmarks: Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan. Take a day to explore them both! You may have heard the phrase “Damn the torpedoes - full speed ahead!” That was the infamous order given by Admiral Farragut at Fort Gaines during the Battle of Mobile Bay. Fort Gaines ...Read More

Take a scenic drive along the byway

Good things take time, and when it comes to the Alabama Coastal Connection, it’s worth the extra time to take the scenic route. From incredible restaurants to charming small towns to white sand beaches, the Alabama scenic byway has everything you need to start planning your perfect summer road trip. Pack your bags, create the ...Read More

Coastal Alabama’s role in the Civil War

History buffs know all about the rich history and culture along Alabama’s Coastal Connection, but it might not be so obvious to those passing through. Along the byway, there are plenty of spots to stop and learn a little about the past. If the Civil War era is of particular interest to you, then you’ve ...Read More

Celebrate Christmas along the coast

Our temperatures rarely drop below 30 degrees and we hardly ever see snow, but that doesn’t stop those “the locals” from getting into the Christmas spirit along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. If you’re traveling the beach byway this December, we warmly welcome you to join us for these festive, family-friendly events. Fairhope’s Magical Christmas Parade - On ...Read More

Discover Alabama history in a day

There’s no time like the present to learn about the past, and you can do just that when you venture along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Starting at historic Fort Gaines and ending at Spanish Fort, we planned this day trip with history buffs in mind. Spanning one day and 86 miles, this fun and education itinerary ...Read More

Celebrating history at Fort Morgan/Fort Gaines

When venturing along Alabama’s Coastal Connection, you’ll find yourself immersed in the area’s rich history. And there’s no better way to understand Alabama’s unique story than with stops at both Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines. Located 23 miles west of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan is an historic masonry star fort built to protect the mouth of ...Read More

Pet friendly parks/beaches/outdoor spaces along ACC

Summer is in full swing, and everyone’s itching to head outdoors and hit the beach. But what should you do with Rover? Pet boarding can be exorbitantly expensive, and affordable in-home pet sitters are few and far between. But why should your furry friend miss out on all the fun? Luckily, Alabama’s Coastal Connection boasts ...Read More

Gulf Coast History Makes a Perfect Lesson for Homeschoolers

Historic Fort Morgan offers reenactments and living history demonstrations at various times throughout the year. It’s more than just another day at the beach when you make a daytrip or weekend getaway to the Alabama Gulf Coast for a homeschool lesson in history. Stepped in history, the Gulf Coast has a rich legacy ...Read More