Posted by: RasmaSandra | June 11, 2019

Traveling in Alabama

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The Alabama Wildlife Center in Pelham is the state’s largest and oldest wildlife rehabilitation facility. The center was founded in 1977 and since then has helped over 50,000 wild animals.

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There are nearly 2,000 wild birds from over 100 species being taken care of here annually. This non-profit organization provides rehabilitation and medical care for the orphaned and injured birds of the state so that they can return to the wild.

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The primary services here are a wildlife helpline, a native wild bird rehabilitation clinic, and educational programs.

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The construction of Fort Morgan at Gulf Shores began in 1819 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was completed in 1834 and seized by the troops of the State of Alabama on January 4, 1861. Then in 1895, a new fortification system was begun. The brick fort was replaced by reinforced concrete batteries to protect Mobile Bay.

For 23 years Fort Morgan was the state’s biggest permanent military base and during WW II 2,000 troops were stationed here. The fort was permanently abandoned in July 1944.

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Today it offers a variety of outdoor activities. There are beaches, nature trails, and a boat launch.

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You can see the Sand Island Lighthouse which is a decommissioned lighthouse at the southernmost point of Alabama, near Dauphin Island, at the mouth of Mobile Bay.

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Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore features over 400 varieties of camellias in the wintertime, azaleas in the spring, hydrangeas, roses, and tropical plants in the summer, and chrysanthemums in the autumn. The 10,500-square foot home was designed by Mobile architect George B. Rogers and built in 1935.

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The exterior has handmade brick and ironwork from the Southern Hotel and it was built to reflect the region’s architectural history.

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The Southeastern Raptor Center in Auburn was founded by Dr. Milton in the mid-1970s. A raptor barn was built in the late 1970s through volunteer work and donations. Since its founding, this center has treated and released thousands of birds of prey into the wild.

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There is an educational unit that provides programs for civic groups, schools, and churches in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky.

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Alligator Alley in Summerdale is a farm that was established in 2004 and designed as a natural environment. The alligators that have found their home here have been rescued from places which presented a danger to them.

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Visitors can stroll on elevated viewing platforms from where they can see more than 450 alligators from babies to mature adults. You can also take a nature walk on the elevated boardwalk to see the animals in their natural habitat. Along the way, you can see turtles, ospreys, owls, and bullfrogs. At the gator station, you can hold baby alligators. There are feeding session three times daily and visitors can feed the alligators.

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The Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman is on the grounds of the only Benedictine Abbey in Alabama. It consists of more than 125 miniature reproductions of famous shrines, churches, and buildings all around the globe. This is known as ‘Jerusalem in Miniature” and is the life work of Brother Joseph Zoettl of St. Bernard Abbey. Born in Bavaria he arrived at the abbey in 1892.

Alabama Off the Beaten Path

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Turkey Creek Falls at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the southeast. It is located in Pinson and the heart of the preserve is Turkey Creek Falls.

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Barton’s Beach Cahaba River Preserve offers gravel/sand bars, swamps, and ponds. It is an important nesting area for turtles.

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Lovely Rainbow Falls at Dismals Canyon is a natural conservatory. Its main feature is Rainbow Falls which cascades down the canyon over weathered rocks.

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Natural Bridge is a 60 ft. high, 148 ft,. long rock bridge that spans several natural areas and is the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies.

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Beautiful Parker Falls in Parker Canyon is located in the Bankhead National Forest which is Alabama’s largest national forest.

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Turkey Foot Falls is located in the Sipsey Wilderness area of Bankhead National Forest and is one of the two major waterfalls.

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The other is Mize Mill Falls.

 

https://vacationidea.com/destinations/best-things-to-do-in-alabama.html

http://www.fort-morgan.org/outdoors/

https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/alabama/enchanting-spots-in-alabama/

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