The Gulf Coast area of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, AL certainly offer something for even the most adventurous travelers. With natural beauty and history encompassing the area, it doesn’t take long to find enjoyment. Activities include tours of Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, seasonal bird banding, dolphin cruises and nature trail hikes, just to name a few.
Are you a history buff? If the answer is yes, then you are in for a treat when you visit the Alabama Gulf Coast. The landmarks of Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, located on the east and west sides of Mobile Bay respectively, were host to some of the most historic battles in American history. The famous quote of Union Admiral David Farragut, “Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead,” came from the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War when Union ironclads and other warships were attempting to take the major Southern port of Mobile.
Travelers may also visit the site of the last great Civil War Battle at Blakely Field, along the Tensaw River, just north of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL. The Battle of Blakely took place hours after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, VA. The Blakely State Park also features nature trails and campgrounds for the outdoorsmen.
Another great activity along the Alabama Gulf Coast is the Fall Bird Banding session from Oct. 4-17. Another session takes place in the spring. The Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area is a major stopover point for migratory birds returning from Central and South America.
Cruise the back bays and search for dolphins. They are virtually guaranteed to be found. From experience, I can tell you that there is nothing quite like the thrill of watching these speedy mammals race alongside the boat and frolic about in the shallow waters. Check out Dolphins Down Under for more information.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach also offer several nature/hiking trails in the Alabama Gulf State Park, the Coastal Birding Trail, and the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.
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