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Fort Morgan State Historic Site

Address: 110 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone Number: +1 251-540-7127
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Ranked #10 of 31 things to do in Gulf Shores
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Birdwatching
Owner description: Fort Morgan is a masonry fortification built by the United States to protect the entrance of Mobile...
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Type: Historic sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Birdwatching
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Fort Morgan is a masonry fortification built by the United States to protect the entrance of Mobile Bay. Construction began in 1819 and was completed in 1834. Site of the Battle of Mobile Bay and a near two week siege in 1864,interpretation focuses primarily upon the Civil War; however, the fortification was modified and used in the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. Please note that at this time some areas of the fort are closed for restoration. We apologize for any inconvenience that this necessary work may cause you. A small museum on site interprets the high points of the site's history and contains a small gift shop. The beaches that surround the point are a popular fishing destination for shore fishing. A boat launch is also located on the site as well as the landing for the Mobile Bay Ferry. Hours of Operation: Grounds are open 8:00 - 5:00 Central Time Museum is open 9:00 - 4:30 Central Time Museum and Grounds are closed for holiday observance November 27-28, 2014, December 25-26, 2014, and January 1, 2015. Admission Charge: $7.00 per Adult $5.00 per Senior $4.00 per Child Military are free with proper identification.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This site it just phenomenal! The history is amazing and the work of our troops so impressive. This is a wonderful day trip and is so educational. The museum has very poor lighting and some of the light bulbs in the building were burnt out. The restrooms are VERY clean! Such a great place!!!

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Elm Grove, Wisconsin
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We spent about 4 hours walking and seeing some of the historic areas of this site. We really enjoyed. A fair amount of walking but all well worth the time and expense.

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Dallas, Texas
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215 attraction reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

My large (44 people) got a ranger-guided tour, which made all the difference in visiting this historic site. If I had come alone or with a small group, I would have spent far less time here. The site is historically significant to the naval battle of Mobile Bay, but is undergoing much-needed restoration. There is signage explaining the French "star"... More 

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Kendallville, Indiana
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Having seen Ft Pickens this site was a little disappointing. But restoration work was underway while we were there. A brochure is provided, but I suggest a little pre-visit research in order to appreciate the full story of this important historical site. Enjoyed the drive to the site and the ferry ride to Ft Gaines to the west.

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Atlanta, GA
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

One of the best historic sites in the South. Well worth the time. I was affected by what I saw heard about the place and its history. Also great for you photographers.

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We visited the fort on a cold, windy day so we couldn't really enjoy roaming around the fort which really interesting, especially if you have a good imagination. The museum is especially good and gives a good history the the sea battles during the Civil War.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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42 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My wife and I toured the park. It is worth the admission price. It was very interesting from a Historical point of view and also the grounds themselves. Dam the torpedoes- full speed ahead.

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Okemos, Michigan
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272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This Fort is full interesting history. The small museum is well done and gives the history from founding till the end of World War Two. There is signs of neglect and failure to preserve. There is some work being done in one area on a grant. Still worth visiting.

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Philadephia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Well worth the drive out. Located at the end of the Fort Morgan Peninsula sits Fort Morgan. One of the coastal defense forts built to protect Mobile Bay. In my humble opinion, a do not miss if for no reason other than the views (if you don't care about old Forts). There is a small fee and ample parking. We... More 

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Algona, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

An interesting stop to learn the history of the fort. Was given a pamphlet for a self led tour. Some areas were under repair. The museum was the most interesting to us.

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