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Civil War Battles of Blakeley and Spanish Fort “Surf and Turf Tour”

Thursday, May 25th
9:00-noon AM
$40 for adults/$20 for children 6-12
For reservations call 251-626-5581

Join us for special historic tours by land and sea as we discover the major battlefields of Alabama's largest Civil War campaign—the 1865 Campaign for Mobile. Participants will enjoy two guided excursions, each approximately an hour and a half in length.

Guests will enjoy BOTH:

A relaxing excursion along the waters of the scenic Tensaw River aboard the Delta Explorer , during which they will be treated to a narrated cruise exploring the battlefields of Blakeley and Spanish Fort, guardians of the approaches to Civil War Mobile and scene of some of the fiercest fighting during the war in Alabama. Along the cruise, we will also learn about the numerous Confederate and Union warships which vied for control of area waterways during the contest as well as some of the defensive positions within the lower delta accessible only by water.

A bus tour of the battlefield at nearby Spanish Fort , just a few miles down the road from Blakeley. While much of this important battlefield has been lost to development, crucial portions remain preserved and several historic markers document key positions. We'll make two quick stops to see some of the more impressive earthworks that remain which figured into the heaviest of the fighting.

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National Military Appreciation Month

In recognition of the fact that May is National Military Appreciation Month, Blakeley is proud to welcome all active duty military personnel or veterans with individual complimentary admission for the day on Saturday, May 20 th (Armed Forces Day) and Monday, May 29 th (Memorial Day) . (Valid military i.d. or proof of service required). Also, active duty personnel and veterans wishing to attend our cruises on either May 20 th or May 25 th will receive a $5 discount on their individual ticket price.

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Free Teacher Enrichment Workshop, June 13, 2017

Historic Blakeley State Park will host an educator enrichment workshop which will be open to all area history and social studies teachers free of charge . The workshop will offer in-depth content designed to equip teachers with the knowledge and resources needed to integrate important local history stories into classroom instruction and better acquaint them with sites where our past can be discovered by students. The workshop will carry with it certified continuing education credit through the University of South Alabama's Resource and In-Service Center: http://www.southalabama.edu/centers/saric/resources/summer2017.pdf

Speakers include 1) Rebecca Woofter, Programs Asst., Mission San Luis, Tallahassee, Florida, who will speak on the Apalachee Indians in Alabama, detailing the group's culture and importance in Southern history and why they migrated from their native Florida and made Baldwin County their home in the 1700s, as well as the legacy of their inhabitation of the area; 2) Mike Bunn, Director of Operations, Historic Blakeley State Park and co-author of Battle for the Southern Frontier: The Creek War and the War of 1812 , who will speak on Baldwin County's role in the Revolutionary War, Creek War and War of 1812; 3) Mike Bailey, Director, Fort Morgan State Historic Site and co-author of Images of America: Fort Morgan , who will discuss the Mobile Bay area during the Civil War. Each presentation will feature approximately 45 minutes of content and allow time afterword for discussion. Participants will receive handouts listing additional resources for further study and instruction on the topics presented. A guided bus tour of the park will be offered to attendees prior to the program, as well.

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Participation is FREE, but teachers who attend will need to either bring their own lunch or order a boxed lunch to be delivered during the event (likely $10).

This program is sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and endorsed by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission

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Scheduled Delta Explorer Tours

Scheduled Delta Explorer boat tours departing from Blakeley Park:

May 25 - Civil War Battles of Blakeley and Spanish Fort “Surf and Turf Tour” ...click HERE for more

Delta Adventure Cruise This two-hour excursion showcases the incredible beauty and natural diversity of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Every one of these outings takes a slightly different course and features unique opportunities to view the abundance of Delta wildlife, such as eagles, ospreys, and of course alligators. :

Saturday, June 3
Delta Adventure Cruise

9:30-11:30 AM

$25 for adults/
$15 for children 6-12

Saturday, July 1
Delta Adventure Cruise

9:30-11:30 AM

$25 for adults/
$15 for children 6-12

Saturday, August 5
Delta Adventure Cruise

9:30-11:30 AM

$25 for adults/
$15 for children 6-12

Port of Mobile Cruise This cruise winds through the scenic Delta and down the historic Mobile River for a relaxing voyage through the Port of Mobile. Along the way on this three-hour excursion we explore one of the nation’s busiest harbors. Guests will enjoy a rare waterfront view of all the activity at the state docks and within the larger port, and return along the head of Mobile Bay.
(3 hours):


Saturday, June 17
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

$35.00 adults
$17.00 children 6-12

Saturday, July 15
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

$35.00 adults
$17.00 children 6-12

Saturday, August 19
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

$35.00 adults
$17.00 children 6-12

 

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