Day Trips in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama
There are a lot of day trips that are available for those of you who want to see and do things that are within driving distance of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama. We understand that many of you come to the Alabama Gulf Coast on vacation and don’t care to do anything except relax. This page is intended to inform you of some day trip activities that you and your family can enjoy without traveling very far from the beach.
Historical Sites on the Alabama Gulf Coast
The Battle of Mobile Bay Civil War Trail –
This is the official website of the Battle of Mobile Bay. The tour consist of several Confederate Civil War sites that cover the battle at sea and the land campaigns. This site will explain the strategic value of the area, the blockades, factories and a lot more information. This is ideal for history buffs.
Fort Gaines Historic Site –
51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, Al. 36528. 251.861.6992 This day trip is only a short ferry ride away from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. You have to catch the Mobile Bay Ferry at Fort Morgan for a short ride across the ship channel of historic Mobile Bay. This site is open June through August from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 5 to 12 is $3.00.
Fort Morgan Historic Site –
51 State Hwy 180 West, Fort Morgan, Al. 36542. 251.540.7127 Fort Morgan is only a 20 minute drive west of Gulf Shores on Alabama Hwy 180. This is the place where Admiral David Farragut fought the Battle of Mobile Bay. This historic site is a wonderful place to walk around and see how neat it is. There are tunnels and bunkers that you can explore. The bricks date back to the early 1830’s.
Museums of the Alabama Gulf Coast
National Museum of Naval Aviation –
1750 Radford Boulevard, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fl. 32508 850.453.2389 or 800-327-5002 This is the official museum of the U.S. Navy. This museum is filled with historic aircraft dating back to the Wright Brothers. She is also home to the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team, The Blue Angels. This is their home field and they practice every Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. during the summer months. There is an Imax theater, flight simulator, library, cockpit trainers, tours and a cafe. This museum is only a 25 to 35 minute drive from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Battleship Memorial Park –
2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, Al. 36601, 251.433.2703 or 800.GANGWAY This is the home of the U.S.S. Alabama Battleship BB60, and park. The Battleship Memorial Park is host to the USS Drum Submarine and a host of other aircraft like the B52 Bomber and a SR-71 Spy Plane.
Baldwin County Heritage Museum –
25521 Hwy 98 East, Elberta, Al. 36530, 251.986.8375 or 251.752.8883. This museum is the home of the official history of Baldwin County, Alabama. The museum tells the story of our area with objects and images.
Foley Railroad Museum -
125 E. Laurel Ave, Foley, Al. 36535, 251.943.1818 This museum is filled with railroad artifacts and model trains that run on Tue, Thur and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Blakeley State Park –
24745 State Hwy 225, Spanish Fort, Al. 36577, 251.626.0798 This is the site of a Civil War Battle. This park has miles of hiking and bike riding trails available for you to explore. There is an RV park and has camp sites available.
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center –
65 Government St. (exit 26-B off I-10) Mobile, Al. 36633, 251.208.6873 or 877.625.4386 This is a hands on science trip for the entire family. This exhibit offers an IMAX Theater and a Body Works Exhibit, Hands On, Ciba Lab, Minds On, Whaf of Wonder and a Bio Lab. There is always something going on at the Exploreum. Don’t miss it.
Gardens and Nature Preserves
Bellingrath Gardens –
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, Al. 36582, 251.973.2217 or 800.247.84020 Bellingrath Gardens and Home, is an abundance of colors, fragrances and scenic views for those who love the beauty of nature. This historic site was opened in 1934 and is a 65 acre garden estate. She is host to Camellias, Azaleas, Roses, Chrysanthemums and Christmas lights. The home is over 10,500 square feet and was built in 1935 and has 15 rooms.