Does anything sound better than a relaxing getaway to a beautiful beach on the Gulf Coast? We don’t think so! You’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Fort Morgan, a secluded and charming vacation destination just 30 minutes from Gulf Shores. There are so many awesome things to do in Fort Morgan, like hitting the beach, enjoying nature, and experiencing the community’s history. Read on to discover our favorites! Then, book the ultimate family vacation rental with Harris Properties.
Tacky Jack’s offers delicious waterfront dining for a fraction of the cost. The restaurant is open for three meals a day and is a favorite hangout for locals. Tacky Jack’s serves up tasty Southern seafood dishes with a side of stunning ocean views! This no-frills, family-friendly eatery is one of our favorite Fort Morgan restaurants.
Take your sandcastle building skills to the next level with a lesson at Sand Castle University! These expert sandcastle builders meet you on the beach with their specialty sand tools to create unique and memorable sculptures. They offer two different classes, so if you love your first session, you can sign up for another. Going to school has never been so fun!
Strolling this 11-mile converted rail line is one of the best free things to do in Fort Morgan. We recommend starting on the east side of the trail at Cafe Beignets. Enjoy a tasty breakfast pastry and then continue west toward the Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club. Hike or bike along the Fort Morgan Rail Trail and admire the town’s picturesque scenery.
At the tip of the Fort Morgan Peninsula, you’ll find the Fort Morgan Historic Site, a Third System masonry fort first used during the Civil War. There are plenty of events to check out at the fort as well, including guided tours, photo exhibits, and arms demonstrations. The fort is open every day and is also pet-friendly, making it the perfect stop for the history buff in your family.
One of the top five sights around Gulf Shores is a Fort Morgan sunset. We recommend parking past the Mobile Bay Ferry terminal and walking down to the beach in the evening. Bring a blanket, sink your toes into the sand, and watch the sun dip into the water. You’ll have an excellent view of Mobile Bay to the north and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.
After you’ve experienced the best things to do in Fort Morgan, come back and relax at your Harris Properties vacation rental! With such a wide variety of accommodations, you’re sure to find the right home for your family.
Want to treat yourself and your loved ones to a luxurious property right on the beach? Barefoot is the rental for you! The home’s private pool is perfect for lounging and enjoying ocean views. Bonus: the pool is heated, making it ideal for off-season trips as well. The house also has a fully stocked gourmet kitchen, charcoal grill, elevator, and outdoor shower for your use. Why wait for your dream vacation? Check our availability and book today!
There are plenty of reasons to visit Gulf Shores all year long, but planning your vacation during the Halloween season adds a special touch of spooky fun to your stay. Read on to learn more about celebrating Halloween in Gulf Shores!
With average temperatures in the mid- to upper-70s during the month of October, you and your guests will be reveling in the nice temperatures while the rest of the country starts to get chilly. Even the water stays warm, meaning you can plan a beach day in the middle of fall!
Located in the nearby city of Foley, OWA is an entertainment destination that hosts the Town of Terror on weekend nights throughout October. The Town of Terror has a haunted house, bloodthirsty butchers, insane asylum escapees, and more. They even have special Flashlight Nights, where you can explore the park guided only by the light of a flashlight for extra scares. Flashlight nights are held on Thursdays and Sundays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, while regular Town of Terror hours are held on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00pm to midnight. Admission ranges from $10.00 to $44.95. Town of Terror is open from 6:00pm to 10:00pm on the nights of October 30th and 31st.
Perfect for a fall-themed steam train ride during the day or a haunted thrill ride at night, the Wales West Light Railway Pumpkin Patch Express runs in the nearby town of Silverhill from the end of September through October 31st. The train rides are only scary after 7:00pm. Other attractions and activities on-site include pony rides, a petting zoo, a bounce house, a pumpkin cannon, pumpkin decorating, a haunted barn, and more. Admission is $15.00 per person plus tax, with children two and under admitted for free.
Taking place at Caribe Marina & Watersports in Orange Beach on select days during October, the Caribe Marina Ghost Cruise invites visitors to experience Halloween in a uniquely coastal way. Cruise around Perdido Bay on a moonlit cruise while listening to ghost stories and being haunted by ghouls. The forty-five minute cruise departs twice per night at 7:00pm and 8:00pm. Admission is $15.00 per child and $20.00 per adult.
An alternative to trick-or-treating by going door-to-door, Trunk R Treat at The Wharf is a family-friendly event where people can dress up, kids can have fun doing activities like face painting and riding camels, and Main Street plays host to cars and trucks filled with candy. This event takes place from 6:00pm to 8:30pm on October 31st.
For more information on what Gulf Shores has to offer for your vacation during Halloween and beyond, contact our reservation specialists and book your lodgings in one of our incredible vacation rental properties today!
When you visit Gulf Shores, you won’t want to skip out on enjoying our phenomenal weather—especially during the temperate months of the spring season. Take full advantage of the warm and cheerful Gulf Coast sunshine by planning a picnic in one of the city’s many distinctively beautiful spots that are perfectly suited for such Gulf Shores family activities. Read on below to learn more about some of Gulf Shores’ best places to picnic.
Pair your picnic with a side of history at the Fort Morgan, where visitors can explore the ruins of a key battle site of the Civil War (sometimes with the added effect of costumed reenactments), as well as the rugged bluffs overlooking the scenic splendor of the Gulf of Mexico. You will likely get a glimpse of some of the huge cargo freighters that deliver goods from around the world to the Port of Mobile each day, a great Gulf Shores family activity!
Consisting of over fifteen miles of trails interspersed amid six different ecosystems, each trail in this extensive network offers distinctive sights for your viewing pleasure, from towering sand dunes to aromatic magnolias and a butterfly garden. You can hike off your meal as you go!
Shaded by immense oak trees, Lake Shelby offers serene picnicking conditions for those who wish to take their meal next to the idyllic backdrop of a 900-acre freshwater lake. Beyond sitting on the grass or by the shoreline, pavilions are also provided for picnics. Gulf Shores family activities like kayaking and paddle boarding make for fun post-meal pursuits. Remember to bring your pooch because the waterfront dog park at Lake Shelby is just a few steps away!
Nestled against Wolf Bay, Orange Beach Waterfront Park has a number of amenities that are ideal for a picnic excursion, including shelter areas with grills, walking paths, a fishing pier, and a park for children.
Situated slightly east of Perdido Pass Bridge within the boundaries of Gulf State Park, this breathtaking locale includes pristine beaches, impressive sand dunes, tranquil boardwalks, and areas designated for picnicking, though just about any spot along Alabama Point East will provide stunning visuals to go along with your meal.
Contact our reservations team to find out additional information on what you can expect during your time in Gulf Shores when you book your trip accommodations in one of the lovely vacation rentals that Harris Properties has to offer for your stay today!
Just a short drive west of Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan is a lovely undiscovered area that is steeped in both natural beauty and history. This area has ruins to explore, white sand beaches, and big fish to catch—and that’s just for starters. Below, we’ve put together a list of a handful of reasons why Fort Morgan is a great place to spend your vacation. We hope that you enjoy all that Fort Morgan has to offer during your time here!
Fort Morgan is renowned for its plentiful fishing and wildlife watching opportunities. You can cast your line from a nearby pier, embark on a short excursion along the shoreline, or spend a day out on the water deep sea fishing. If you would rather watch the local marine life than catch it for dinner, you can always take a dolphin- or sea turtle-watching tour.
The beach here has soft, pristine white sand that is ideal for laying out and soaking up the warm Alabama sunshine. Since Fort Morgan Beach isn’t as busy as other beaches around Gulf Shores, you’ll enjoy a little more peace and quiet here. Just be sure to pack all the supplies that you need for the day, as stores and services here are limited to a few local convenience stores.
No trip to Fort Morgan is complete without visiting the historic fort for which the area is named. This fort guards the entrance to Mobile Bay and has seen action in conflicts dating back to before the Civil War. Costumed actors perform historical reenactments and demonstrations that provide a side of entertainment with your educational experience.
If it is golf you are after, there are two terrific options to choose from. Kiva Dunes has been ranked in the Golf Digest Top 50 and provides a challenge to even the most experiences player. There are three 9-hole courses at The Peninsula; a course that has become a local favorite.
There are a number of mouthwatering Alabama dining options that you can choose from in Fort Morgan. Sassy Bass Amazin’ Grill is a laid-back beach restaurant with fresh seafood, tropical-themed cocktails, and live music. Or, head over to Tacky Jack’s for a Bayfront view of the sunset and some delicious gulf seafood.
There are several great eating options to enjoy at The Beach Club. The flagship restaurant is the Coast Restaurant inside the resort and past the main gate (just tell the guard you are going for dinner). Here you will enjoy an upscale dining experience with beach front views.
Two other dinner options are the Village Hideaway (open year round) which serves up pizza, burgers, and seafood in a fun casual environment. If you are here in season, don’t miss the food trucks that make up The Village Lawn. You will have your pick of a variety of menu options and eat under the stars!
One of the best things about Fort Morgan is that it is one of the few pet friendly beach areas in the country. It’s the perfect place to bring the whole family, four-legged friends included! You won’t have to worry about leaving them behind, as there are also numerous pet friendly vacation rentals available in the area. So pack your bags, grab your family and fuzzy friends, and enjoy all the fun things to do in Gulf Shores!
Last but not least, the stunning vacation homes that are available for rent through Harris Properties make the perfect home away from home during your time in Fort Morgan. Between exquisite ocean views and locations that are just steps away from the beach, these vacation homes are the ultimate place to stay for your seaside retreat.