There aren’t a lot of spots to shop in at Fort Morgan. No shopping malls, and very few strip centers either, at least not until you start getting into Gulf Shores and beyond. This little slice of heaven is all about the beach and keeping things natural. The best way to shop in Fort Morgan is to do your shopping before you hit the end of the peninsula. That said, there are a few shops around the area that are worth mentioning. Some Fort Morgan stores offer the essentials, some offer those little extras that make life good.
The Pines Grocery, Liquor Store and Seafood Shop
Pizza and beer. You can get them both here at The Pines Grocery. The Pines is like its own little strip center with a convenience store, coffee shop, seafood shop, and liquor store, all together. And the Behind the Pines Restaurant is just behind The Pines Grocery and liquor store (naturally). This family owned and operated grocery is the spot to find those items you left behind or just ran out of without leaving Fort Morgan. You can pick up sunglasses and sunscreen, beer and chips, bait and tackle, beach supplies, and gas up your tank while waiting on your pepperoni pizza. If you didn’t have any luck fishing, you can stop by and pick up the catch-of-the-day and no one will know. Prices may be a bit higher than the mainland, but it beats driving all the way back to the mainland when you could be laying out on the warm sand.
- The Pines Grocery, Liquor Store and Seafood Shop
- 8818 Hwy 180 West, Gulf Shores, AL
- Open daily 7am – 9pm
Head to Dauphin Island! It’s a fun ferry ride across the bay, and there’s tons of things to do and see on this little barrier island. After a visit to Historic Fort Gaines and birdwatching, take a break to walk through this historic spot, and browse the small Fort Morgan stores along the main street. You’ll find much of the Fort Morgan shopping is on Bienville Boulevard. The Silver Pearl Gifts, The Sand Box, The Hippie Fish, Beach Planet and the Happy Octopus are just a few shops with gifts and souvenirs on the island. And Arts of Dauphin Island and the Dauphin Island Arts & Heritage Council feature works by local artists.
Bellingrath Gift Shop
This house museum is worth the visit, set on a 65-acre public garden. Architecture and garden lovers need to make the trip to Bellingrath, and the gift shop is the perfect spot to shop for that flower and gardening lover in your life. The gift shop does tend to focus their merchandise on the ladies, but they have many items that will be perfect for any dad or husband, including Dr. Squatch beard oil and natural soap. T-shirts and hats to garden in, and fun, bright beachy ladies apparel and jewelry, colorful aprons, tea towels, pillows and more decorated with botanical designs abound. They change their merchandise frequently with the seasons and holidays too, so if you’re looking for that perfect Easter or Thanksgiving platter or centerpiece, this is the spot. You know you really need that sugar mold for your sideboard! They also have coastal and botanical themed artwork by local artists.
- Bellingrath Gift Shop, Bellingrath Gardens & Home
- 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL
- Open 8am – 5pm daily
The Gift Shop at Fort Morgan
Imagine your favorite museum gift shop with a Southern coastal flair. That’s what the gift shop at Historic Fort Morgan is like. It’s worth the trip to the fort just to browse through everything in the gift shop. You can find fine jewelry, Fort Morgan windbreakers, t-shirts and hats, Fort Morgan souvenirs, nature books, candles, shell crafts, and Deneen Pottery Mugs (handmade in the U.S.). And there is an amazing number of pelicans and birds statues, tiles and more, in all sorts of mediums and styles for those bird lovers in the group, or that bird lover at home who couldn’t make the trip. And of course there are books on the fort, the Mobile Point Lighthouse, the Battle of Mobile and the Civil War, and birds and bird watching.
- Historic Fort Morgan
- 110 AL-108, Gulf Shores AL
- Gift Shop hours: 9am – 4pm daily
Fort Morgan Shopping at The Wharf
The Wharf is less than 30 miles from Fort Morgan in nearby Orange Beach. It’s a touristy spot, but sometimes you just need that. And The Wharf at Orange Beach has so much to do – an amphitheater for amazing outdoor concerts, mini-golf, an escape room, an arena with arcade games and laser tag, and a movie theater. If that wasn’t enough, you can try the Hummingbird Zipline Course. The Wharf has a variety of restaurants and bars, from casual to upscale, with a variety of cuisines. Stick around for a night ride on the Ferris wheel for an amazing view of the area.
- The Wharf
- 23101 Canal Road, Orange Beach AL
- Open 10am – 9pm daily