Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan are prime destinations on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Rich in history, natural splendor, and small-town charm, they’re the perfect place to get away in a vacation rental or beach condo. Alabama Vacation Home Rentals, based in Daphne, is one of the state’s oceanfront vacation rental companies. Here are the staff’s top four sites to visit when staying in the Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island area.
4 Places to Visit While Staying in Dauphin Island & Fort Morgan
1. Fort Morgan
Fort Morgan is a 19th-century military fort named after Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan. It rests on the site of the former Fort Bowyer, which was used in the War of 1812. Fort Morgan boasts a medley of family-friendly activities. Spend a day on the beach, soaking up the sun or splashing in the waves – and Fort Morgan Beaches are dog friendly! For active groups, rent a bike or hike the trails to explore the wild and watch for native birds. There are also daily tours, which include education on the history of the site.
2. Gulf State Park
Gulf State Park is an excellent place to get out and explore Alabama’s natural flora and fauna. Numerous trails are leading through miles of unspoiled nature. The park is also dog-friendly, making it a great spot to exercise your furry friend if they’ve come along for the trip. Just be careful to keep kids close and dogs leashed as there are wild animals, including wolves and alligators.
3. Fort Gaines
Fort Gaines occupies most of Dauphin Island’s east coast. Built in 1821, the national historic landmark features tunnels, cannons, ramparts, a bakery, and blacksmith shop, all well-preserved remnants of the 19th century. Period-dressed employees man the fort, making visitors feel as though they’ve stepped back in time. There’s also an on-site museum.
4. Sand Island Lighthouse
Take a tour on an Action Outdoors adventure boat to see a variety of sites on a three-hour cruise. The tours include a stop to Sand Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse was originally constructed in the early 19th century but destroyed during the Civil War. It was rebuilt and is now decommissioned, open to the public for educational purposes. As you sail out to the lighthouse, keep an eye out for dolphins, which can often be seen swimming in the Gulf Coast waters.
If you’re planning a trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast area, contact Alabama Vacation Home Rentals to book an ideal vacation rental property for a competitive price. This experienced rental home company offers everything from beachfront rentals to condos in top destinations throughout the state. Call (251) 333-6500 to speak with a friendly staff member. Or, visit their website to browse their properties.