Spanish Fort, Alabama is a suburb along the Eastern Shore just a few miles east of Mobile, Alabama. Spanish Fort is a charming town that is home to many commuters who travel into Mobile, or to nearby Pensacola, Florida for work. This growing town offers residents beautiful views, fun events, tons of shopping and easy access to the interstate.
With a population of under 9,000 people, it is a ‘Hey Neighbor!’ kind of outing no matter where you go. Spanish Fort is home to two major shopping centers, The Eastern Shore Center and the Spanish Fort Town Center. The Eastern Shore Center houses over 30 popular stores, restaurants, a movie theater and even a bowling alley. Near this outdoor shopping mall is a Publix, nail salons, hair salons, restaurants, a pet store and so much more. The Spanish Fort Town Center offers a Bass Pro Shop, JC Pennys, Kohls, and indoor golf simulator facility and plenty of dining options. If you are looking for a small town feel with big town options, Spanish Fort is perfect for you.
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This is a very family oriented town, a great location to raise children and get involved in the community. Most residents enjoy the popular attractions at the near by shopping malls, the parks, historical landmarks, and outdoor adventures. The popular Five Rivers Delta offers canoeing, kayaking, delta safaris, hiking trails, and fun hands on exhibits with free admission. The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is one of Spanish Fort’s many historical parks. Here visitors can tour an actual battleship, visit an extensive aircraft collection and view historic vehicles and war artifacts. There is no shortage of entertainment in this charming town.
Spanish Fort is full of state and city parks for residents to enjoy. These parks include Meaher State Park, Spirit Park and Historic Blakely State Park. Meaher Park offers camping, picnicking, a boat ramp and a fishing pier. You can even enjoy two nature trails with beautiful up-close views of the Mobile Delta. Spirit Park is home to Spanish Fort’s recreational baseball teams where kids learn not only the skills for baseball, but sportsmanship and friendship as well. Blakely State Park offers over 2,000 acres of some of the most biodiverse habitat in North America. There are walking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Camping, boat cruises and educational programs are also available. Integrity Park, opening in late 2018, a new football, soccer, and sports field. Spanish Fort clearly offers lots of opportunity for outdoor activities and adventure.
Restaurants and nightlife are a fun part of this exciting town. Spanish Fort offers some of the best seafood on the Gulf. There are too many to name them all, but some of the most popular options include Felix’s Fish Camp, Ed’s Seafood Shed, The Original Oyster House, Blue Gill, and Tropics Bar and Grill. Felix’s is known for its she-crab soup and crawfish-smothered pork chops. Ed’s Seafood Shed is well known for its oyster bar, crab claws and live music. The Original Oyster House offers Southern-style seafood overlooking Mobile Bay. Blue Gill has a reputation for beautiful sunset views, live music and fantastic oysters. Tropics is unique because it houses outdoor volleyball courts and a great drink selection. Foodies love Spanish Fort.
As we mentioned, many of Spanish Fort’s residents commute to Pensacola or Mobile. However, there is a vast development of employment in the small town. Since the area is growing, you can often find many developers, lumber distributors and custom home builders who have made Spanish Fort home. Real Estate and Healthcare are also two big leaders in employment as well as restaurants, retail shops and customer service.
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These utility companies serve various, but not all, areas of the City of Spanish Fort.
Daphne Utilities (sewer and natural gas) – http://www.daphneutilities.com/
Riviera Utilities (electrical service) – http://www.rivierautilities.com/
Spanish Fort Water System (water service) – http://spanishfortwater.com
Most recently, Baldwin County was approved for a four-year $60 million dollar loan for additional schools across the county. Currently the school system has four main locations:
- Rockwell Elementary School (K-5)
- Spanish Fort Elementary School (K-5)
- Spanish Fort Middle School (6-8)
- Spanish Fort High School (9-12)
What’s fun to do in Spanish Fort besides all the parks, malls, restaurants, night life, and community events?
- Airboats – there are a few different charters to utilize in the area and with the vast area of grassy lands around the Bay, you will definitely want to take your family out for an afternoon to remember!
- Go Golfing! Lots of opportunities in Spanish Fort for Golf, indoors and outdoors. This includes the Timber Creek Golf Course and the Fairways Indoor Golf Simulator.