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Fort Gaines

Dogs are welcome to join their owners at Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island, AL. The famous phrase, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead," was first shouted by Admiral Farragut during the Battle of Mobile Bay at this very spot. The fort has original cannons, a blacksmith shop, kitchens, a museum, gift shop, and tunnels. Leashed dogs are welcome at this pet-friendly site, and you must clean up after them. Fort Gaines is open every day of the week and there is a fee to enter the park. Visit Website

Or call (251) 861-6992 or email fortgaines@outlook.com for more information.


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Fort Gaines has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 5 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 526 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Jami
    Apr. 3, 2022
    What a great outing with the Pups

    Super fun place to go with your dogs.
    What a great amount of history and my girls LOVED exploring in all the rooms.
    Definitely a must do

  • Emily
    Sep. 5, 2021
    Perfect Spot to bring your pup!

    Fort Gaines is very dog friendly! The staff is very nice! They only ask for you to keep your pup on a leash and to pick up after them. The pups can go into any building, and the museum is air conditioned (great place to cool off in!). There are a lot of sand spurs, so I suggest shoes for your pup if you have them. we had a great time and will definitely be bringing our pup back!

  • Anne
    Aug. 14, 2021
    Great Historic Fort

    This is a well preserved fort at the entrance to Mobile Bay. It played a key Civil War role in the defense of Alabama. The wall is mostly intact and various rooms used by its residents are on display in the courtyard. Take a leisurely self guided tour and enjoy the views of the Gulf. It's dog friendly, too.

  • Leigh ann
    Jun. 25, 2020
    Fun to explore

    My dog loved exploring the rooms. This is a neat place to visit.

  • Jes
    Jul. 20, 2019
    Excellent Experience!

    It’s not everyday that you get to explore a historic fort with your pooch. Fort Gaines is it! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The fort is beautiful and of significance to the Civil War. There are artifacts and the tour is self-paced (air-conditioned museum) but mostly reliant on sea breezes. Bring your camera and your leash. Lots of fun-don’t miss it! ( ps-next to dog-friendly beach).

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