• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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Gulf Islands National Seashore history is filled with stories of European exploration, Geronimo, wars, and people that came to the Gulf Coast to settle. Did you know that live oak trees were used to build the USS Constitution? Check out the links below and get lost in a good story!

The Live Oak Story

Louisiana Native Guard in the Civil War

The Age of Discovery in the Northern Gulf


Fort Barrancas

Fort Barrancas Oral History Report

Naval Live Oaks 1794-1880

Fort Massachusetts

Fort Pickens 1821-1895

Ship Island

Pensacola Harbor Defense Project 1890-1947

Bernardo de Gálvez


Did You Know?

Two Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins ride the bow wave of the wooden passenger ferry.

Did you know that two thirds of Gulf Islands National Seashore is under water? The largest, most common, mammal in this underwater realm is the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.