Things to Do in the Area
Folks in Mobile take their play time pretty seriously, as you're bound to discover just the right activities to make your time there a memorable one. Check out some of our favorite attractions in the area.
1. Dauphin Island
Located just 45 minutes from downtown Mobile (and 30 minutes from Theodore), this quaint little beach community boasts a casual, quiet, even vintage 1950s feel and offers plenty of wholesome fun for the entire family. Home to historic Fort Gaines, The Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Estuarium, the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, a public beach, pier and boat ramps, Dauphin Island has been a popular beach destination for thousands of tourists each year who prefer a simpler, beach experience.
2. GulfQuest National Maritime Museum
One of the newest museums in the country, GulfQuest is an exciting, 90,000-square-foot riverside venue in Mobile and the first museum of its kind in the world to address the maritime heritage and culture of the entire Gulf of Mexico. It's only the third interactive maritime museum and offers over 90 interactive exhibits and activities.
3. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
A military history park and museum located on the western shore of Mobile Bay, it has a collection of notable aircraft and museum ships, including the Battleship USS ALABAMA, Submarine USS DRUM, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Alabama War Dog Memorial and more. The memorial was established to honor veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Services and to educate visitors on the contributions and sacrifices of each branch of the military in all armed conflicts of the United States.
4. The Outdoors
With so many options, it may be hard to decide how to spend a day in Mobile's great outdoors. The area is home to the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, the largest river delta and wetland in Alabama and one of the largest in the country. From kayaks and canoes to airboats and fishing tours, there are numerous ways to roam this wilderness. If you're looking for a chance to enjoy and explore nature, head over to 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. And if you want some exercise along with your experience, Gulf and Meaher State Parks boast an array of trails for you to meander.
5. Mardi Gras
Did you know that Mobile is the birthplace of America's original Mardi Gras? That's right, Mardi Gras originated in 1703 in Mobile. Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile begin two and a half weeks before Fat Tuesday and the Port City comes to life. Elaborate themed floats manned by masked mystic societies, mounted police and marching bands wind through downtown Mobile and surrounding areas, entertaining nearly a million revelers each year. Our Carnival is a family-friendly time of parties, balls, parades and revelry.
Mobile has hundreds of shopping opportunities to fit every budget, style and taste. Specialty shops and boutiques can be found in the heart of downtown Mobile. Friendly merchants offer handmade arts and crafts, clothing, souvenirs and much more. Mobile also offers an impressive selection of antiques shops and galleries with a wide variety of collectibles, vintage finds and funky pieces. A huge Mardi Gras warehouse store is open year-round to cater to any festive whim. And, The Village of Spring Hill features locally owned specialty shops featuring high-end clothing, jewelry, furniture and home accessories.
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