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 Constructed on the site of an outdated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:
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
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.