Celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer with a break to a beach locale full of summer fun, sun, sand, and water. Make this trip memorable with a trip to the beach and crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico and the Alabama shores. Choose Fort Morgan and the surrounding area for your ultimate destination and start planning the fun. There are plenty of things to see and do while you’re spending Memorial Day in Fort Morgan, but you’ll want to make sure to book a private vacation rental with Poole & Associates so you can enjoy time with loved ones privately. If you can’t stand a moment away from your furry family members, ask about pet-friendly rentals and bring them along!
You and your loved ones chose a beach destination this Memorial Day for a reason: the beach. You can choose to take part in any of the area’s lazy beach activities, when you lay out and sunbathe, plant a beach umbrella and spread out a blanket for a picnic, take a swim in the Gulf, or whatever other beach fun you can think of. Turn up the adrenaline with activities like parasailing, SCUBA diving, or snorkeling. Calm down with a sunset cruise or wildlife-watching cruise.
S’mores on the Shore
Summer is the season for ultimate fun in the area, and the Memorial Day holiday is no exception. Start your Memorial Day holiday a little early. Starting May 25, the City of Gulf Shores begins hosting the annual event. The family-friendly event is free and includes music, campfires, and all the ingredients you’ll need for delicious s’mores. Bring a beach blanket, chairs, and other beach gear for a fun and delicious day on the sand. The fun starts at 6 p.m. on the Gulf Shores Public Beach.
Fort Morgan Road Trail
Change up your exercise routine on vacation. The 5.6-mile asphalt trail starts just outside the western border of Gulf State Park and stretches west through Gulf Shores, runs parallel to Fort Morgan Road/Highway 180 through tree-lined areas and neighborhoods, finally ending at the Peninsula Golf Club. The mostly flat surface trail is an easy hike or bike, with the eastern having only a few gentle climbs. Add some difficulty on the eastern end and continue on through Gulf State Park’s Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trails.
Gulf Shores Museum
Learn about Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, and the surrounding area. The museum is located in a house that dates back to before World War II and stood as the beach house of Valerie Cole’s family from Mobile. The family donated the structure, originally in West Beach, which was moved to its current home after Hurricane Frederic in 1979. The museum houses many permanent and temporary exhibits that tell the story of local history, as well as offering various programs and activities for all ages and many interests.
Gulf State Park
You and your loved ones can wander two miles of Gulf beachfront, swim, surf, build sandcastles, and enjoy a myriad of other beach activities. Have a beach picnic or move it to the beach pavilion for a bit of shade while you eat. If you and your loved ones like to fish, bring some gear and spend some time at the pier. For those looking for an adventure, try kayaking or parasailing.
Part of your Memorial Day trip activities may include shopping for fun souvenirs. While you’ll collect souvenirs from your many beach adventures and other activities, the shop has “thousands of gifts for everyone on your list” so you’re bound to find something to remember your time here. The shop has been a Gulf Shores staple since 1956 and is open daily.
Relaxation is at the top of any vacationer’s list of things to do. There are several spas in Fort Morgan and the surrounding area that are ready to pamper you. Indulge in massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and more. Some even offer salon services so you can walk away with a new cut, style, or color for head-to-toe refreshment.
Celebrate Memorial Day in Fort Morgan
When you book a Memorial Day getaway with Poole & Associates, you won’t be short on amazing activities to fill your time during the holiday adventure. Enjoy the water, lounge around your rental, or enjoy the myriad of other activities available to help build a Fort Morgan vacation that is uniquely yours. We have everything from one-bedroom units up to four-bedroom homes. Savor the taste of home when you prepare a home-cooked meal in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy spacious living areas and private outdoor spaces like patios and balconies. Unwind in a private bedroom or gather some snacks and enjoy your favorite movies together on a flat screen TV with entertainment center.
Welcome to Fort Morgan, where Alabama summers are relaxing, fun, and adventurous! The peacefulness of Fort Morgan comes from being a local beach town that doesn’t operate with the same bustling nature you’d find in a larger, more commercial city. The pace is what you set for yourself, the options of things to do plentiful and diverse. It’s the perfect place for a holiday getaway, especially with one of our Fort Morgan vacation homes. Fort Morgan is a small beach town that packs all the punch of other, much larger historical coastal cities. With excellent local history, incredible views of the peninsula, wonderful sunsets, and plush white sands, Fort Morgan is the peaceful vacation spot you’ve been looking for.
Adventures in Fort Morgan isn’t just sandy beaches. The Fort Morgan Trail stretches eleven miles on flat, walkable land. The trail is also great for bikers. The woods that line the path are a coastal blend of roots and forest with sand and the scent of salt on the breeze coming from the ocean nearby. It’s a relaxing way to spend the day away from the sweltering beach. Take cover from the Alabama sun under the canopy of trees that hang over the stretch of the trail, granting just enough sunshine to feel the day, but enough shade to escape it.
Fort Morgan is often voted one of the best places in the Gulf Shores to watch a sunset. The brilliance of the setting oranges and pinks, fusing with the various shades of the sun’s many colors as it sinks into the horizon, is a spectacular sight to behold. The sunset casts gleaming light over the once emerald waters of the Fort Morgan beaches. It shines completely and for all to see, painting the serene town with the most incredible colors as the day comes to its end. It’s a perfect way to round out a day in Fort Morgan. There’s no better way to experience all this town in Alabama has to offer than when viewing it at both ends–daylight and its end.
July is the peak of the summer season, especially here in Alabama, and what’s great about the Poole and Associates rentals is that they are on the water. Equipped with accessible access to the beach, the rentals are not far from the water. There’s nothing more inconvenient than walking a distance under the hot sun and carrying all of your beach belongings, especially after the beach day is done. Wet, sandy, and tired, when you rent with Poole and Associates, you’ll just be a small distance from your rental. For your convenience, there is also a pool if the salt of the ocean becomes too much.
Poole and Associates rentals are spacious and open. With plenty of room for the whole party, no one will feel cramped. Each rental is equipped with a fully functioning kitchen so you can make your favorite meals or try some new recipes while you’re on vacation. The floorplans are open, so while someone’s at the stove, they won’t feel left out of any living room conversation or whatever is on the television.
Historical Fort Morgan
What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July–a holiday dedicated to the history of the United States’ freedom–than to spend time with the past? Fort Morgan Historic Site, located at 110 AI-180, is a 19th-century military fort. This incredible remnant was active in four wars: the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and both World Wars. Fort Morgan has local significance, too. The Fort played a pivotal role in the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864. When you visit Fort Morgan, you’ll see the brilliance of the Fort’s strategic seacoast defenses. If walls could talk, imagine the stories the walls of Fort Morgan could tell. Now, that doesn’t have to be a hard thing to imagine. So come down to Fort Morgan and let this site tell you for itself its story. After seeing the Fort, head to the museum for more history, then the gift shop to take some of it home with you.
The best part of visiting Fort Morgan? Everything you visit at the historic site will be covered under the cost of admission! Adults enter for $8 a person; senior citizens and children enter for $5.
Come Enjoy Adventures in Fort Morgan
Fort Morgan can’t wait to welcome you for the Fourth of July holiday and the others after that. This hidden gem of a town roars with teeming excitement and history that speaks so loudly it seeps into the spaces around it and imbues itself into the culture of the town. There’s nothing quite like visiting a small town with a big heart and an even bigger role of importance to the United States. Fort Morgan is the place to be this Fourth of July.