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Fort Morgan State Historic Site

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Address: 110 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Phone Number: +1 251-540-7127
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: Fort Morgan is a masonry fortification built by the United States to...
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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Very educational visit, but to me the really highlight is the ferry that leaves Ft. Morton and runs to Daphne island. You can take a car or walk on, it's a great little ferry.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Eagle, Idaho
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Birmingham, Alabama
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Really cool place. We have a 9 year old girl and she loved it. You can spend 1 hour or 5 hours, there's that much to look at. Has a little museum with some cool stuff and a souvenir section. If your lucky you can see Dolphins near the coast line!!! Staff is extremely courteous and informative.

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Good piece of history. Closes early, plan accordingly. It is a bit of a drive to get there. Small history center. Pack water it can get brutally hot on the tour.

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Sikeston, Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We visited Fort Morgan on a drizzly day when beach going was out of the question. We found it to be affordable, interesting, and well-maintained. We have 2 sons who are extremely active in scouting and they enjoyed the visit. We recommend Fort Morgan.

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Fairhope, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We go as often as we can. My husband loves the history part of it and I love to look around for driftwood treasures. It's a beautiful and serene place to go.

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Ironton, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This was an exciting trip for the 5 year old in our group he found it very interesting. The two, two year olds did not seem to interested, and the steps were way to steep, we could not take the kids to the top. Also a lot of the site was blocked for construction. I was glad we stopped to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Me and my boyfriend love taking historical trips! This was a great day trip just to walk around and see how the fort was used. Great for couples or families!!!

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Loved it! Very educational and the self guided tour is well laid out. Little bit $$$$ for a large family, but still a great time.

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This fort is a little wanting compared to its companion across the bay (Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island), but is less expensive than Fort Gaines still worth a stop. A lot more turn of the century history here. You could complete the trip in a morning or afternoon. Good exploring site for kids.

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Eagle, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Very educational visit, but to me the really highlight is the ferry that leaves Ft. Morton and runs to Daphne island. You can take a car or walk on, it's a great little ferry.

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Trenton, New Jersey
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

Surprised and impressed by Military technology and yet showcased several mistakes made in construction of battlements. May be too technical and boring for children. Site not as complete as you may want. Pictures and history plaques show diagrams of past structures but not kid friendly.

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