“Damn the Torpedoes! – Full Speed Ahead!”, the familiar battle cry of the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864. Union Adm. David Farragut skillfully slipped past the mine field off Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines where the ironclad USS Tecumseh had already sank. Then Farragut got into a slug-fest with the Confederate ironclad USS Tennessee.
Top Gulf Shores Activities & Events
2011 Rodeo Dates: August 4th, 5th, & 6th
Voted as “2009 and 2010 Favorite Rodeo” of the year by the Professional Cowboy Association, The Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation Annual Rodeo is held each August to increase awareness and support for Peer Helper programs in our schools and organizations designed to help troubled youth. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 4–12, and free for children 3 and under.
Alabama the Beautiful has much to offer from the mountains, streams and waterfalls of north Alabama to the Gulf of Mexico and gulf coast beaches of south Alabama. B&B Inns are unique, each worth exploring. Whether you desire tranquility in a peaceful beach setting or the more popular spots to be “seen”, Alabama Bed & Breakfast Inns can direct you to the best spots.
We can customize your Alabama Vacation Getaway. A hot air balloon ride by Takin’ Off Balloon Co or soar over the gulf coast in a historic 1928 Bi-Wing airplane. Add a romance package with flowers, champagne or wine, or maybe a candle. Make memories with your loved ones sure to last a lifetime.
The beaches are beautiful and the water excellent. “Share the Beach” has identified many Alabama sea turtle nests on the Fort Morgan Peninsula and Dauphin Island beaches with 100 to almost 150 eggs each. One mother, a 25 year old named “Linda”, weighed 250 lbs and laid 117 eggs.
The last single tax colony in the United States, Fairhope, AL has plenty to do and see. Begin the day with a walk on the Fairhope Pier over Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Head over to the Windmill Market for lunch at Mary Ann’s Deli or Moe’s BBQ. The market has live music on the weekends.
Jesse’s Restaurant will be hosting a special dinner Thurs night June 16 at 7:00 pm. Tantara “Brosseau Vineyard” Pinot Noir, Monterey County will be featuring 5 different wines from their region, a site at the base of the West Pinnacles National Monument, a volcanic formation on the western flank of the Gabilan Range, just 25 miles from the coast.
Each July 4th residents gather along oak-lined canopied Oak St to celebrate our country’s independence. The festivities begin with a parade that begins each year promptly at 11am, once tauted by CNN as the nation’s smallest Independence Parade. You may see old tractors, bicycles, tricycles, wheelbarrows or even riding lawn mowers.