Trip Planner:   USA  /  Alabama  /  Dauphin Island  /  Fort Gaines

Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island

4.5
#2 of 9 in Things to do in Dauphin Island
The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Make Fort Gaines a part of your Dauphin Island vacation plans using our Dauphin Island day trip planner.
Source
Create an itinerary including Fort Gaines
map
Fort Gaines Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
400 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Ft Gains was an interesting place to relive history and watch ships enter Mobile Bay. Gift shop was well stocked with books and souvenirs with knowledgeable staff. The fort was well preserved with lot...  more »
  • Stay off the grass due to stickers but that is the only complaint. Interesting to see and a great way to spend some time and learn a little history.  more »
  • This fort was informative and interesting. The breeze and view on the top level is awesome. The staff was friendly and helpful.  more »
Google
  • Truly enjoyed our visit. The mobile guided visit was detailed and thorough. I would recommend this stop on your trip to anyone of any age who loves to walk and explore.
  • Very well preserved, and pretty much all of it is open to the public. I particulately enjoyed the small museum and exploring the underground structures. Staff was very nice. Dog friendly!!
  • Fort Gaines is awesome to explore and learn about history. We loved it extra because our dog was able to walk around the grounds with us. He loved exploring too!
  • Beautiful and fascinating landmark of American history! Disappointed to learn that they close at 5. They should stay open to sunset in the spring/summer! They are turning away paying visitors to one of the "most endangered landmarks" in the country. Such an important place should have more thought put into its management.
  • Fantastic history and historical site with highly knowledgeable Staffers and Reenactments. Well worth a visit !

Plan your trip to Dauphin Island

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Dauphin Island

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Dauphin Island by other users

32 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Dauphin Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Dauphin Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, relaxing, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans