Located at the far west end of Alabama Highway 180, also known as Fort Morgan Road, stands one of Alabama’s oldest structures, Fort Morgan Historic Site. Constructed on the site of an outdated Fort Bowyer in 1819, Fort Morgan’s interesting history intertwines with today’s modernization. If you’ve never visited our beloved fort, The Summer of 2019 is a perfect time to go! If you’ve been there before, you should definitely plan a trip back soon. Here are five reasons why you should visit Fort Morgan Historic Site this summer:
1. Inexpensive Attraction
We know that when you go on vacation, everything seems to cost money. Often, we decide which activities and attractions we are going to do, based on the cost for the whole family to participate. If enjoying a whole day of family fun without breaking your budget, appeals to you, you’re in luck! Fort Morgan is one of the least expensive attractions on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The price of admission for adults is only $8 each and for kids and seniors it’s $5 each. So basically, a family of four can visit Fort Morgan, tour the site, visit the beach and stay all do for less than $40. That’s a deal! We suggest visiting Rouse’s Market located at the intersection of Fort Morgan Road and Gulf Shores Parkway and grabbing a few things for a picnic, then enjoy the scenic ride all the way to the fort.
2. Abundant Wildlife
Because Fort Morgan Historic Site is a protected area, it is surrounded by natural sea oat covered dunes and plenty of local wildlife. You will see seagulls, herons, sandpipers, sand crabs and different varieties fish. On warm summer days, dolphins swim and play just offshore in Mobile Bay. It is a treat to get to see them splashing around in the bay. Be alert and watchful for snakes and perhaps even an alligator or two. The beaches that surround the fort are home to several coastal plants and animals and several ecosystems can be observed.
If the heat of the day gets to you, go ahead and take a swim in the rolling waves of the bay. There is no lifeguard on duty, but swimming in Mobile Bay is a great way to cool off on a summer afternoon.
3. Living History Explained
All summer long the staff at Fort Morgan Historic Site will offer daily walking tours. Tours start at the fort museum and gift shop area and are led by knowledgeable staff members. If a scheduled tour isn’t your idea of enjoying this attraction, feel free to take a self-guided tour. When you pay your fees at the entrance gate, the attendant will provide you with a helpful brochure detailing specific facts about Fort Morgan. Do you think it’s too hot to tour the fort during the day? Well, we have a suggestion on how you can avoid the daytime heat and still visit the fort. On Tuesday evenings at 6PM all summer long, there will be reenactments and interpretive performances based on information about the lives of fort inhabitants from the 1800s. So if you choose to come to the fort at night, plan to take an actual step back in time and be surrounded by a living sample of 19th Century coastal Alabama life.
4. Pets Allowed
If you choose to bring your dog with you on vacation, we know you’re looking for dog friendly attractions as well at dog friendly accommodations. Ellie Fish 2 in Gulf Shores is a fabulously decorated fully stocked beach home that welcomes guests with small dogs. Fort Morgan also welcomes leashed dogs with their owners during the hours of operation. In addition to traversing the fort grounds with you, your four-legged child can also enjoy Fort Morgan’s beach and museum. Please remember to keep your fur baby on a leash and to clean up after any potty outings.
5. Great Fishing
Are you looking for a quiet place to fish either from waist deep waters of the bay or right from the shore? Fort Morgan’s beaches and shallow areas just off shore are perfect places to fish! You’ll need to check with Outdoor Alabama to get your licenses to fish in the salt waters of Mobile Bay and The Gulf of Mexico, but once you get there, we’re pretty sure you’ll catch something that’ll make you smile. Mobile Point, the name of the area where the fort is located, is known for great fishing by locals and tourists alike. We’re letting you in on the secret. Check the local tide reports for the days you want to fish and visit one of our great local bait shops like Sam’s Stop and Shop or J&M Tackle in Orange Beach, and come fish at our fort.
This is just a short list of reasons to visit Fort Morgan this summer.
We’re sure once you get inside the historic stone gates of Fort Morgan, that you will make irreplaceable memories and find other reasons why you’ll want to keep Fort Morgan Historic Site on your “to-do” list when you visit Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Remember, Sunset Properties has beach homes available all along Fort Morgan Road, in Gulf Shores and in Orange Beach. Give us a call and let us help you get your vacation home reserved.