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The Area

The Gulf Coast Area

From festivals to historic sites to beautiful parks and more, there's always something exciting happening around the Bay! If you're interested in including any of these excursions in your vacation package, let us know and we'll be happy to help with arrangements.

Bellingrath Gardens

 

Home to 65 acres of resplendent blooms, Bellingrath Gardens is a nature lover's paradise. No matter what time of year you visit, you'll find the garden alive with beauty and blossoms. Mr. Bellingrath often described the garden as a beautiful woman with a different dress for each week of the year. This sprawling Garden Estate is always stunning, but never the same. Come again and again to enjoy Bellingrath's award winning rose garden, butterfly garden, Asian-American garden, sparkling Mirror Lake, Bayou Boardwalk, river cruise and, of course, the Bellingrath home itself. Built in 1935, this 15-bedroom marvel still retains its original furnishings and all its original charm.
 

USS Alabama Battleship

 

With an impressive aircraft collection, a submarine to explore, grassy picnic areas, monuments and exhibits, Battleship Memorial Park is one of America's most unique military attractions. Climb aboard and tour the inner and outer decks of the 680ft mammoth of a battleship, USS Alabama. She fought fiercely in WW2, earned 9 Battle Stars and was dubbed "The Mighty A". In 1965, Alabama's great battleship anchored in Mobile Bay and was opened to the public as a one-of-a-kind military museum. 13 million visitors later, she continues to stand as a majestic memorial to Alabama's sons and daughters who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Blakeley State Park

 

Enjoy the thrill of multiple historic sites, like a preserved Civil War battlefield complete with Confederate and Union breastworks and fortifications, along with the beauty of verdant woodland along the Tensaw River. Hike or bike Blakely's vast network of nature trails and soak in the tranquil scenery. Explore the historic landmarks and learn more about our country's past. Then, for an even more in-depth excursion, book one of the park's two hour eco-tours aboard the Delta Explorer to see and learn fascinating details about the animal and plant life of the Tensaw-Mobile River Delta.
 

Fort Morgan, PickensGaines and Fort Conde


The South is a bevy of rich, historical landmarks. Battles for freedoms and virtues were waged all along our Gulf Coast. Step back into time with a visit to one of our well-preserved national sites. Fort Morgan, Pickens and Gaines are conveniently close to one another and easy to traverse by car or ferry. Fort Morgan, built after the War of 1812, has been the Guardian of the Bay for more than 180 years. Fort Pickens, a pentagonal structure, was built in 1834 and remained in use until 1947. Fort Gaines, established in 1821, is best known for its role in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War.
Fort Condé protected Mobile and its citizens for nearly 100 years from 1723-1820. It was built by the French as a defense against British and Spanish attack on the strategic location of Mobile and its Bay, the eastern most part of the Louisiana colony. The military importance of Mobile and Fort Condé was huge. The fort and town protected access into the strategic lands between the Mississippi River and the Atlantic colonies along the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers.



     
     

South Alabama Golf

 

There are multiple opportunities to enjoy golf on the beautiful Eastern Shore. We can recommend Rock Creek and The Peninsula, but there are many more in addition to these (see South Alabama Golf Directory).

 

Sailing Charters

 

Enjoy an adventure on the sea with family day trips, romantic voyages, dolphin sightings and more in the tranquility and beauty of a  sailboat. There's not many better ways to enjoy the Gulf Coast than to sail its waters and breathe in its sea air.

South Alabama Fishing

 

If you enjoy fishing, you'll love fishing the Gulf Coast. Be sure to bring your reel or feel free to borrow one of ours. There's a species for every season (learn more) and a challenge for every fisherman - from crabbing to saltwater fishing to deep water fishing. Let us know what you'd like to try!
 

Explore the Eastern Shore


Discover the Eastern Shore! We offer year-round golfing, boating, fishing and more. We're all about southern charm, friendly neighbors and magnolias! Visit the Eastern Shore website for more details on attractions and events.

Eastern Shore Trail

Enjoy our 32-mile multi-purpose hiking and biking trail that winds along our beautiful coast beginning at the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Memorial Park and traveling South to Weeks Bay. The trail runs through the communities of Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope and Point Clear. It offers travelers an up-close experience of abundant wildlife sightings while strolling through an area where wildflowers and blooming landscaped beds abound year round.  View Trail Map.
 

GulfQuest

This national maritime museum is a new attraction on the Gulf Coast opening in 2015. It celebrates the historical, economic and cultural significance of "America's Sea" and its coastal regions. Shaped like a ship and featuring interactive exhibits, this museum is definitely one-of-a-kind in our area and in the world. During your stay, this is an absolute must-see destination. Visit the Museum Website for updates on construction progress.

5 Rivers Delta


At this beautiful junction, where five of our rivers flow into the Mobile Bay, there is plenty of opportunity for hiking, bird watching, tours, outdoor events, pontoon boat rides, learning about local history and more. For details on the facilities upcoming events, visit the 5 Rivers Website.
 

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