Planning a trip this year? Head as far west as you can go down highway 180 away from the daily grind to a place that combines immaculate nature, unique American History, and tons of fun activities for the whole family – Fort Morgan, Alabama.
Fort Morgan is a beautiful destination for civil war buffs and vacation goers alike. Named a national landmark in 1960, The United States has few places remaining with a rich history quite like Fort Morgan. Overtaken by the British in the War of 1812 and later returned to the US as a part of the treaty to end the war, the Fort was repurposed and used in the Civil War to provide protection for blockade-runners. Pivotal in the Battle of Mobile Bay, the surrounding gulf is the site where Admiral David Farragut famously shouted, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.”
The army abandoned the Fort for good in 1947, turning it over to the state of Alabama. The site now is terrific tourist spot filled with beautiful natural views, ideal hiking experience, and scenic shorelines.
Bring the family to Fall Garrison Living History Day on October 17 to see live artillery and infantry demonstrations throughout the day and learn something new about what life was like during the Civil War.
Take the Mobile Bay Ferry
If trying to branch out farther west, consider parking your car on the ferry and shuttling to Dauphin Island. Across the bay from Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island offers much to do. It showcases a beautiful bird sanctuary highly regarded as one of the best in the country, with over 300 unique birds flocking to the island each fall. Similar to Fort Morgan Peninsula, Dauphin Island has scenic beaches that double as the perfect fishing pier with over 850 landlocked feet of space to cast a line.
Looking to hit the links on your trip? Forty miles south of the tip of the world famous Robert Trent Jones Trail, Kiva Dunes is one of the best courses in the state of Alabama. If you’ve had too much water and sand golf course, Kiva Dunes offers a relaxing alternative experience in those elements with beautiful surrounding beaches to chill out after a tough round.
Fort Morgan offers incredible fishing opportunities to charter a boat. If you’re into fishing, there are many different types of fish the Gulf offers – Red Snapper, Mackerel, Cobia, Grouper, Amberjack, Tuna, Wahoo, Trout, Sharks and more. Charter a boat today and test the waters for yourself.
If you have any questions, please us a call today. We love the Gulf and are happy to help you!