The small-town of Spanish Fort, AL is a wonderful place for vacations filled with tradition, history, and nature. You can learn about significant events that took place in the area by visiting the colonial-era homestead and civil war battle site in Historic Blakeley State Park. Enjoy the outdoors as you walk along the banks of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta or take in the view from the bluffs overlooking Mobile Bay.
1.Historic Blakeley State Park
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One of the largest National Register Historic Sites in the United States, Historic Blakeley State Park comprises over 2,100 acres of stunning land and water bodies in the Spanish Fort. You will see so many historic artifacts and sites during your exploration there, with one of the major ones being the site of the last major battle of the Civil War. Other aspects include Union and Confederate fortifications, colonial-era homesteads, and relics from American Indian habitation well into Archaic periods. Some of the amenities offered at the park include an extensive layout of nature trails, horseback riding, campsites for tents and RVs, and cabins which are available for rent.
34745 State Hwy 225, Spanish Fort, AL 36527, Phone: 251-626-0798
2.Meaher State Park
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The 1,327-acre Meaher State Park can be found in the wetlands of Mobile Bay. It attracts locals and visitors as it is the perfect access point to the gorgeous stretch of Mobile Delta. Their boardwalk stretches into the body of water, letting you get a lovely view of your surroundings. Two additional nature trails are available at the park for you to go walking, hiking, bird watching, and see the local flora and fauna. Amenities such as a boat ramp and fishing pier have made it a popular destination for fishing expeditions as well. If you’re planning to stay overnight, Meaher State Park has several campgrounds for tent and RV camping, as well as two bayside cabins which overlook Ducker Bay.
5200 Battleship Pkwy, Spanish Fort, AL 36527, Phone: 251-626-5529
3.5 Rivers - Alabama's Delta Resource Center
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The 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is one of Spanish Fort’s most stunning hidden jewels. The extraordinary facility was created for outdoor conservation and recreation, ensuring that visitors are fully informed before heading out to the 250,000 acres of scenic woods, wetlands, and waterways. You can explore the stunning 81-acre complex which houses Bartram Landing, the Blakeley Hall Conference Center, the Apalachee Exhibit Hall, Tensaw Theater, Delta Hall, and much more. The facilities host so many workshops and events throughout the year which are fun and educational for visitors of all ages. Don’t forget to bring your camera as you’ll see amazing views of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, the Mobile skyline, and much of the area’s waterways.
30945 Five Rivers Boulevard, Spanish Fort, AL 36527, Phone: 251-625-0814
4.Spanish Fort Town Center Park
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Spanish Fort Town Center is a community park that invites everyone for a lovely day outdoors. They have several amenities within the park that are suitable for visitors of all ages such as a walking path, a pavilion area with picnic tables, a sunburst fountain pod, and a splash pad to cool off in on a hot day. Their state-of-the-art playground is extremely popular with younger patrons, while adults love making use of the extensive fitness area. Additional features that are available to ensure you have a comfortable visit are bike racks and restrooms. During the summer months, several complimentary concerts are housed at the park for visitors to enjoy.
26000 Bass Pro Drive, Spanish Fort, AL 36527, Phone: 214-561-8884
5.Eastern Shores Lanes
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A fun way to spend the day with family and friends, Eastern Shore has so many things to see and do while you’re there. Their latest addition comprises two escape rooms which are themed as ‘Inventor’s Workshop’ and ‘Pharaoh's Revenge’. Other activities include laser tag and an exciting ropes course where you will have to navigate through bridges, balance beams, and planks. A visit to the lanes isn’t complete until you get in your bowling shoes and strut your stuff in their alley. Make the most of your visit with food and drinks at their Alley 25 Bar & Grill, which has a large collection of snacks, burgers, pizza, and entrees to satisfy your cravings.
10460 Eastern Shore Blvd, Spanish Fort, AL 36527, Phone: 251-625-3400
6.Felix's Fish Camp Grill
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If you’re in the mood for fresh, delicious seafood and steak, then head to Spanish Fort’s famed restaurant, Felix’s Fish Camp Grill. The dishes are prepared using classic local recipes which have been tried and tested for years. There is an incredible variety of appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts, and cocktails - ensuring that even those with a particular palate will have an amazing dining experience. In addition to the incomparable food and drink, patrons of Felix’s Fish Camp Grill can also look forward to friendly southern hospitality as well as one of the most scenic views in the area.
1530 Battleship Pkwy, Spanish Fort, AL 36527, Phone: 251-626-6710
7.Original Oyster House
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Known for their simple southern seafood, the Original Oyster House has been serving locals and visitors since 1983, making it one of the longest-running seafood restaurants in South Alabama. You can find the restaurant on Pleasure Island’s boardwalk which is one of the oldest specialty shopping centers in the area. The 300-seater restaurant serves everything from homemade seafood gumbo and delicious alligator bites to southern fried flounder and bourbon grilled chicken breasts. Their ‘create your own platter’ option is extremely popular with patrons and lets you pair from a number of diner favorites.
3733 Battleship Pkwy, Spanish Fort, AL 36527, Phone: 251-626-2188
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Though their mouthwatering seafood is one of the main reasons people go to BlueGill restaurant time and again, another factor is the amazing casual atmosphere and vibe the place gives. Diners can look forward to some live music on their Wharf Amphitheatre and refreshing cold beer to accompany their meal. The restaurant has been around since 1958 and offers such a varied range of freshly caught seafood meals. You can start with one of their famed appetizers: fried green tomatoes with crawfish royal or the crab stuffed jalapenos. Their signature “famous flaming oysters” are renowned and comes perfectly prepared from a flaming hot grill.
3775 Battleship Pkwy, Spanish Fort, AL 36527, Phone: 251-625-1998
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Having started as a small bait and shrimp shop, R&R Seafood gained immense popularity for having the best crawfish and shrimp around. The shop soon expanded into a seafood market, a take-out diner, and eventually a renowned restaurant. Their menu is sure to please even the most particular palate and is filled with crowd favorites. Get started with an order of their sautéed crab claws, a bowl of homemade gumbo, or some of their delicious smoked tuna dip. They’re known for having the best po’boys on the causeway so be sure to try one of theirs with fried oyster or blackened fish.
1477 Battleship Pkwy, Spanish Fort, AL 36527, Phone: 251-621-8366
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Airboat Express is one of the first companies in Alabama to offer fun, family-friendly airboat tours. The entire experience is unforgettable as you go on a thrilling airboat ride through the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and get up close to the flora and fauna there. Since airboats don’t require deep water to maneuver in, these tours let you get more in-depth, going places that other boat tours don’t usually go. There are four different tours to choose from, some of which are focused on the eco aspects of the area, while others are held during sunset or at night. It is one of the best ways to see one of the state’s most beautiful natural resources - one that is often overlooked but shouldn’t be missed.
3733 Battleship Pkwy, Spanish Fort, AL 36527, Phone: 251-370-7089
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Fishing tours, scenic boat tours, hunting - no matter what you’re in the mood for, WildNative Tours can execute an outdoor adventure that is perfect for you. One of their most popular tour options is the Delta Wildlife Boat Eco Tour, which is around 1 ½ hours long and takes you through the swamps of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Other options include a three-hour kayak paddle excursion, their dolphins at sunset tour, or the two-hour long Secretly Awesome Harbor Tour which will allow you to see gators, dolphins, historical landmarks, Naval vessels, and the sunset depending on your departure time.
11 Best Things to Do in Spanish Fort, Alabama
- Historic Blakeley State Park, Photo: Courtesy of doncon402 - Fotolia.com
- Meaher State Park, Photo: Courtesy of BJ Ray - Fotolia.com
- 5 Rivers - Alabama's Delta Resource Center, Photo: Courtesy of bonniemarie - Fotolia.com
- Spanish Fort Town Center Park, Photo: Courtesy of Travel_Master - Fotolia.com
- Eastern Shores Lanes, Photo: Eastern Shores Lanes
- Felix's Fish Camp Grill, Photo: Felix's Fish Camp Grill
- Original Oyster House, Photo: Courtesy of Maksim Shebeko - Fotolia.com
- BlueGill Restaurant, Photo: BlueGill Restaurant
- R&R Seafood, Photo: Courtesy of ratana_k - Fotolia.com
- Airboat Express, Photo: Courtesy of pilzpixman - Fotolia.com
- WildNative Tours, Photo: Courtesy of suzette77 - Fotolia.com
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