Celebrate the 20th Annual Dauphin Street Beer Festival!

July 21st, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Dauphin Street Beer Festival 2017Come out to Mobile, AL for the 20th anniversary of the Dauphin Street Beer Festival, August, 26th 2017. More than 90 different beers from around the world will be on hand. What about you?

The Dauphin Street Beer Festival is a unique, pub-crawl of a beer festival that includes more than 30 different venues around downtown Mobile, AL. Attendees will spend the evening meandering from venue to venue and sampling beers from around the world. What fun!

Tickets to this popular event are limited and disappear FAST. If you’ve any plan to go, you’ll want to grab your tickets now. They can be had at any of the participating venues (see list below) or online.

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The Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival 2017

July 15th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival 2017The Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival, scheduled for July 24th to August 12th, 2017, brings an eclectic lineup of world-renowned jazz artists and up-and-coming acts to Mobile, AL.

The Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival (GCEHJF) is a collection of jazz-related events that span more than a month. This Gulf Coast tradition is all about spreading the message of jazz music to anyone and everyone with ears and a pulse.

Festival organizers are quick to point out that “ethnic” means everybody and “heritage” is not some fixed point in the past. Inclusion and appreciation is what it’s all about!

The Festival begins in July with Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp, a dynamic, 10-day learning experience, focusing on the history and fundamentals of Jazz. Though primarily begun for school-aged players, students have ranged in age from 6 to seniors. The session is capped off with a Summer Jazz Camp Recital that may surprise you as much as it entertains. These “students” can really play!

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Reel In Big Fun at the 2017 Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo!

June 23rd, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo 2017The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) is the world’s largest fishing tournament, scheduled for July 21st through the 23rd, 2017 on Alabama’s Dauhpin Island!

2017 marks the 84th anniversary of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo, which was listed as the world’s largest fishing tournament in the 2011 Guinness World Records, More than 3,000 anglers from at least 24 states are expected to spend 3 days fishing the Gulf of Mexico for up to one million dollars in cash and prizes. One Master Angler is awarded.

The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo also hosts the Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament (RMYAT) on July 15th, 2017.

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Explore History at Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park!

June 12th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial ParkStep back in time to see what life was really like during WWII aboard the USS Alabama. Battleship Memorial Park presents Living History Crew Drills that will immerse you in a history that should never be forgotten!

Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama is a military history park and museum with a large collection of historic ships and planes. The facility is home to two National Historic Landmarks: the battleship USS Alabama and a historic submarine, the USS Drum.

The 175 acre park was opened in January 1965 as a home to the USS Alabama, which was due to be scrapped. A grass-roots campaign of Alabama residents raised enough money to have the USS Alabama preserved in Mobile Bay as a memorial to those who served in World War II. Thereafter, it was only natural to continue to add to the collection.

Despite the name, today the park contains much more than battleships, alone. Visitors are treated to a large collection of military gear, artillery, and vehicles. Battleship Memorial Park has artifacts from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard representing a variety of eras and conflicts.

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Historic Fort Condé – The Fort of Colonial Mobile

May 26th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Historic Fort Condé - the Fort of Colonial Mobile You’ll feel like a time traveler when you visit Fort Condé, the Fort of Colonial Mobile, a partially reconstructed, 1724 French fort in downtown Mobile, AL!

Fort Condé stood watch over Mobile from 1723 to 1820, just three years shy of 100 years. The fort was built by the French and named after Louis Henri de Bourbon, prince of Condé  – but it didn’t keep the name long!

The English gained control of the region in 1763, changing the fort’s name to Fort Charlotte. Come 1780, the fort changes hands and name once more. Now the Spanish have control and they rename the complex, Fort Carlota. 1813 rolls around and the fort finds itself controlled by U.S. troops and once again called Fort Charlotte.

Is it any wonder, after all that, that the fort is now commonly referred to as the Fort of Colonial Mobile?

Things calmed down in the region after 1813 and, by 1823, the once mighty fort was gone: dismantled.

Zoom forward to the 1970’s and a reinterest in celebrating the colonial period of Mobile’s history. Careful excavation of the fort’s original site and a study of the building plans allows for a reconstruction of the Fort of Colonial Mobile. Of course, the reconstruction had to be a bit smaller than the original to fit in modern Mobile!

The historic Fort Condé compound took up almost 11 acres of land in what is now downtown Mobile. Reconstructing the fort to its original dimensions would have meant tearing down large sections of Royal Street, Government Boulevard, Church Street, Saint Emanuel Street, and Theatre Street!

Consequently, the reconstructed Fort of Colonial Mobile represents about one-third of the original compound, rendered in 4/5-scale. Even dramatically downsized the Fort of Colonial Mobile remains impressive and makes one wonder at how daunting a site the original Fort Condé must have been!

Visitors to the Fort of Colonial Mobile enjoy interactive exhibits, historic artifacts, and more on the peoples of early Mobile, both Native American and European. The complex includes a Colonial Cafe, Trading Post, Colonial Photo Booth, Breakout Room, and a Shooting Gallery.

Guides in period costumes help to provide a fully immersive Colonial experience.  Live exhibitions include a Fife and Drum band, a cannon firing, and actors representing historical, Colonial Mobile residents.

The Fort of Colonial Mobile will educate and entertain history buffs and casual visitors alike.

The Fort of Colonial Mobile

150 S. Royal Street, Mobile, AL
Hours – 9am to 5pm, daily. Closed most major holidays.
Be sure to visit colonialmobile.com for more details, special events, tickets, and more!

Mobile Lodging
It’s all well and good to visit Colonial times but no one wants to feel like they’re rooming there! Get the best of both old and modern worlds with a stay at Mobile’s Malaga Inn! Our boutique hotel’s 39 rooms will surpass your wildest expectations and introduce you to true comfort and relaxation. Better yet, Malaga Inn is located smack-dab in downtown Mobile, putting all of the biggest reasons to visit right at your fingertips. So what are you waiting for? Book your stay now at Malaga Inn!

Explore the Mobile-Tensaw Delta On a Delta Airboat Tour!

May 17th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile-Tensaw Delta Airboat TourGet out onto the water! Come and explore the incredible and diverse world of untamed wildlife on a Mobile-Tensaw Delta airboat tour!

Alabama’s Mobile-Tensaw Delta is a complex network of rivers, creeks, bays, lakes, wetlands, and bayous flowing out into Mobile Bay.

5 major rivers flow into the Gulf of Mexico here. The Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee, and Blakeley rivers all flow out into the Gulf via Mobile Bay. The tide returns the favor and pushes back up the rivers, salting the wetlands, creeks, and bayous of the Delta.

This mix creates a unique environment supporting a broad spectrum of plants and animals. More than 450 different species thrive here. Humans thrive here as well, getting out into the Delta in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons.

One fo the more exciting ways is on a Mobile-Tensaw Delta airboat tour!

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It’s Shipwrecks, Pirates, and Treasure at GulfQuest National Maritime Museum!

April 28th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure at GulfQuestShipwreck! Pirates & Treasure is the newest, interactive, multi-media exhibit at Mobile’s GulfQuest National Maritime Museum! Come see over 500 artifacts recovered from deep-ocean shipwrecks around the world!

Odyssey Marine Exploration is an American company that finds and salvages deep-water shipwrecks. Their world-class team of researchers, scientists, technicians, and archaeologists has discovered hundreds of shipwrecks around the globe.

The company has surveyed and mapped more than 26,000 square miles of seabed and discovered hundreds of shipwrecks. Some of the more famous finds include the SS Republic, the HMS Victory, the SS Gairsoppa, and the SS Central America. Odyssey dives on sites of interest using advanced robotic technology.

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Discover Secret Gardens on Mobile’s Gallery of Gardens Tour!

April 7th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Gallery of Gardens 2017 in Mobile, ALMobile Botanical Gardens Gallery of Gardens Tour is back by popular demand! Scheduled for May 19th and 20th, 2017 this revamped walking tour features unique gardens in Mobile’s historic district!

Come discover the lush, hidden beauty of Mobile’s secret gardens! This popular walking tour will expose some of the most beautiful and unique foliage of the city. Private gardens in Mobile’s historic districts of Church Street East, Oakleigh, and DeTonte Square will all open for the tours.

Every spring, Mobile Botanical Gardens volunteers spend hours choosing from among the city’s most interesting and elaborate gardens. Having made their determinations, they then help to get the gardens ready for their inclusion in the annual Gallery of Gardens. The gardens they’ve chosen for this year’s tour will amaze and delight you!

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Experience The SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival 2017

March 25th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival 2017The upcoming SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival is 65 music artists at 14 different downtown Mobile venues, April 7th through the 9th, 2017.

SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival stated mission is to showcase the best in up-and-coming and independent Southern Music. The lineup of the festival, while extremely eclectic, favors indie rock. Other genres represented include country, bluegrass, metal, soul, funk, blues, r&b, and hip-hop.

Organizers of the annual festival invite bands based not on their current success but for their passion and potential. These bands on the ticket may not be famous (yet) but they are invited to play because they are good and deserve more exposure.

SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival can be looked at as musical evangelism; the organizers are hoping you will find your new favorite band at the show.

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Don’t Miss The Annual Mobile Boat Show 2017!

March 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Attend the 2017 Mobile Boat Show - March 31st through April 2nd, 2017
Boating and fishing enthusiasts take note: It’s almost time for the annual Mobile Boat Show: March 31st through April 2nd, 2017!

Gulf Coast Shows annual Mobile Boat Show is one of those events that is looked forward to all year long. This showcase of new and amazing boats, boating accessories, and fishing gear is the largest event in the area of its kind.

The Mobile Boat Show is more than just simple product promotion. It also features demonstrations and seminars, competitions, live music, and more. The event is so lively and entertaining that even your non-boating friends and family will enjoy it!

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Dive In to 5 Rivers – Alabama’s Delta Resource Center!

February 24th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

5 Rivers - Alabama's Delta Resource Center5 Rivers refers to the spot where the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee, and Blakeley rivers flow into Mobile Bay. It also names Alabama’s Delta Resource Center, an incredible facility for outdoor recreation!

5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is an extraordinary facility in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. Located in Spanish Fort, AL, 5 Rivers includes over 250,000 acres of scenic waterways, woods, and wetlands to explore.

To put it quite simply: for those interested in the great outdoors, there is no better place for adventure and natural beauty. The Mobile-Tensaw Delta consists of a complex network of tidally-influenced rivers, creeks, bays, lakes, wetlands and bayous.

The area is home to 126 species of fish, 40 species of mammals, 69 species of reptiles, 30 species of amphibians, and more than 300 species of birds. There are also 500 species of plants here! This rich diversity of life relies on the immense estuary, where the tide flows in to mix fresh and salt water.

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Pack Your Clubs: It’s Time To Discover Mobile Golf Courses

February 17th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover Mobile Golf CoursesLooking to get in a few holes or more of golf during your Mobile getaway? Great idea! Alabama is a golf lover’s paradise and Mobile golf courses offer some of the best golfing around, so grab your clubs and let’s go!

Along the Gulf Coast, golf is a year-round sport. Many golfers come to the state specifically for an opportunity to visit our many popular courses. The world-famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is here, after all!

The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a collection of 468 holes at 11 sites across Alabama. The trail of must-visit courses stretches from Muscle Shoals, AL all the way down to the 54-hole Magnolia Grove course here in Mobile.

Whether you’re serious about the game or just looking to experience some of the best greens around, Mobile golf courses will not disappoint.

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Follow The Mobile Bay Civil War Trail: The Battle For Mobile Bay

January 27th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Follow The Mobile Bay Civil War Trail: The Battle For Mobile BayThe Battle of Mobile Bay Civil War Trail is over 90 miles long, stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to north Mobile County. All along its length you’ll discover the sites of famous Civil War battles and learn about the day to day life of average sailors, soldiers, and civilians during America’s Civil War.

The Battle of Mobile Bay Civil War Trail includes over a dozen of Alabama’s Civil War sites. Key parts of both the Battle of Mobile Bay and the Overland Campaign make up the trail.

Some of the sites along the trail have been lost by the passage of time and are marked only by signs. Others, like Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, have been more carefully preserved. All help illustrate the part that the Mobile area played during the Civil War.

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Attend Mobile Mardi Gras – The Country’s Oldest Carnival Celebration!

January 16th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Attend Mobile Mardi Gras 2017!Did you know that Mobile Mardi Gras is the oldest annual Carnival celebration in the United States? The first Mardi Gras was celebrated here in 1703 and it doesn’t look like we’re going to stop anytime, soon!

Mardi Gras itself predates the U.S. by thousands of years. The origin is pagan celebrations of spring and fertility, according to historians. Carnival eventually merged with Christianity because that was easier than abolishing the popular, time-honored tradition! Consequently, Mardi Gras became a prelude to Lent, the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

One aspect of the Mobile Mardi Gras that makes it unique is the prevalence of the Moon Pie.

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Get Out On Mobile’s Outdoor Ice-Skating Rink – Riverside Ice!

December 23rd, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Come skate Mobile, AL's outdoor ice-skating rink - Riverside Ice!Mobile’s outdoor ice-skating rink, Riverside Ice, is back! Open Now through January 14th, Riverside Ice gives you the opportunity to skate alongside the Mobile River.

Riverside Ice opened on November 19th this year and continues to be a popular attraction for Mobile visitors and residents alike. And no wonder!

Situated along the river, the Riverside Ice ice-skating rink is right on Mobile’s waterfront, with the beautiful Mobile skyline as a backdrop.

The rink is open every day of the week. Mondays through Thursdays from 11 am to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 to 11, and Sundays from noon to 8 pm.

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Ring In 2017 With A MoonPie Over Mobile New Year’s Eve!

December 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Ring In 2017 With A MoonPie Over Mobile New Year’s Eve!Join thousands of revelers in downtown Mobile, December 31st, to hear classic rock band .38 Special at the annual MoonPie Over Mobile New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Upwards of 50,000 people are expected to fill downtown Mobile, AL at this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration, MoonPie Over Mobile. The event has become a true Mobile tradition since 2008, the first year the giant MoonPie descended the pole to mark the new year.

This year’s celebration includes a number of different attractions, beginning with the cutting of the world’s largest edible MoonPie! Each year, the Chattanooga Bakery creates a 154 pound MoonPie for the MoonPie Over Mobile event. The world’s largest edible MoonPie is then cut up and served on a first come, first served basis to the events revelers. The giant MoonPie often yields enough for more than 170 people!

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Celebrate The Holidays With Music At Mobile’s Saenger Theatre!

November 28th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Holiday Music Shows at Mobile's Saenger TheatreMobile’s Saenger Theatre has a whole bag full of goodies for you, this holiday season. From live shows to classic holiday films, you’ll find a wide variety of entertainment on stage and the silver screen in downtown Mobile, AL!

There’s always something on stage at Mobile’s Saenger Theatre! Classic films, live shows, and many other events continue a tradition that began in 1927. Mobile’s Saenger is the official home of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and a historic landmark.

Renovated and upgraded for today’s high-tech stage, this classic theater retains its architectural beauty and continues to provide a high caliber of entertainment all year ’round.

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Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights 2016

November 21st, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights 2016If you thought Bellingrath Gardens and Home was stunning before the holidays, wait until you see it decked out in 3 million decorative lights! Come experience one of the nation’s best Christmas light displays at the 21st annual Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights! Open nightly from 5pm to 9pm November 25th through December 31st, 2016.

Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights continues the tradition of dazzling lights further magnifying the beauty of the 65-acre estate. More than 1,000 twinkling set pieces in 15 scenes around the garden will amaze and delight.

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See The World at the 2016 Mobile International Festival!

October 24th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile International Festival 2016Visit the world without ever leaving the U.S. at the 2016 Mobile International Festival, scheduled for November 19th at the Mobile Civic Center and Expo Hall!

The annual Mobile International Festival is your ticket to world travel – minus the traveling part! Over 70 different nations from around the world are represented at the festival.

China, Brazil, Egypt, Austria, Gambia, Greece, Mali, Togo, Israel, Vietnam, Ukraine, and more! All on display through exhibitions of culture, heritage, and traditions. The sound of many tongues being spoken at once will fill your ears and imagination. Your eyes will soak up the various arts, crafts, and ceremonial dress.

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Visit the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum!

October 17th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

The Hank Aaron Childhood Home and MuseumHank Aaron, one of baseball’s most iconic figures, had his humble beginnings right here in Mobile, Alabama. You can visit those early days and more at the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum!

Hank Aaron’s achievements are legend and continue to cast a long shadow on the sport to this very day. His beginnings, however, were as humble as one can get. Much of his early days and career have been preserved and are on display at the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum.

The museum, located appropriately enough at Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Mobile BayBears, is the original Aaron family home.

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Tour the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail

September 29th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail

Explore and discover the history and contributions of Mobile’s African-American community on the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail.

More than 40 stops illustrate the long and varied history of the people and events that have impacted Mobile’s history. Stops include Hank Aaron’s playground, a slave market, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and Africatown.

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Malaga Inn Lodging Special for TenSixtyFive Music Festival 2016!

September 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

TenSixtyFive Music Festival 2016Get set for 3 days of live music in the streets of downtown Mobile, AL at the TenSixtyFive music festival. September 30th through October 2nd, 2016!

TenSixtyFive Music Festival returns for its second year as a replacement for the long-running, long-gone, BayFest Music Festival.

Bands in the schedule consist of popular acts from both the national and local scene. Headliners include Counting Crows, Seether, Moon Taxi, and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue!

The 1065 Festival is a free event that brings numerous bands, local artists, and craftspeople to downtown Mobile. Malaga Inn is offering a room special to coincide with Mobile’s TenSixtyFive Music Festival. For more details on our special rate, scroll down to the end of this post.

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Get Your Tickets For The 2016 Dauphin Street Beer Festival!

August 17th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Dauphin Street Beer Festival 2016The 19th annual Dauphin Street Beer Festival is only days away, scheduled for August 27th, 2016! If you haven’t gotten your tickets or lodging yet, now is the time!

The Dauphin Street Beer Festival (DSBF) is a popular, annual event held every August in downtown Mobile. Over 30 taverns and restaurants offer samples of more than 90 different import and craft beers from all over the U.S. and the world!

On the night of the Mobile beer fest, ticket holders will go to the Crescent Theater on Dauphin Street. Here you will collect your DSBF writsband, mug, temporary membership card, venue map, and first sample of beer. After that, you’ll walk from venue to venue at your own pace and whim, sampling beers and generally enjoying yourself.

Tickets for the Dauphin Street Beer Festival can be purchased online but don’t forget to register for the event, too!

Alabama law requires that you have a membership to enter private clubs. A temporary membership code is available for the night of the Dauphin Street Beer Festival. If you don’t have the code with you when you arrive at the Crescent Theater to pick up your mug and wristband, you wont be able to participate!

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Prepare Your Tastebuds For Taste Of The Bayou 2016!

August 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Taste of the Bayou 2016The 28th annual Taste of the Bayou, scheduled for September 24th, 2016 is almost here! Taste of the Bayou is a popular, annual seafood competition using fresh, Bayou La Batre seafood to compete – and you get to be the judge!

$80 million of commercial seafood come out of Bayou La Batre each year. Consequently, Bayou La Batre is known as the Seafood Capitol of Alabama! It makes total sense to have such an amazing event like this right here in Bayou La Batre.

Taste of the Bayou is the area’s premiere Southern seafood tasting event. It’s a seafood cooking competition and tasting event featuring seafood dishes prepared by teams of local chefs. The teams can compete in any or all of the 4 categories: General Seafood Dish -Restaurant, General Seafood Dish -Non-Restaurant, Gumbo, and Dessert.

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Take A Walk Down Alabama’s Alligator Alley

July 25th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Visit Alabama's Alligator AlleyAlligator Alley, in Summerdale, AL, is not your typical farm. Unless, of course, your typical farm has over 450 alligators with names like “Captain Crunch” in it!

Alabama’s Alligator Alley (not to be confused with the stretch of Interstate 75 in Florida) is over 20 acres of natural cypress swamp that has been turned into a preserve for rescued alligators.

The bulk of these alligators were considered “nuisance animals” found or kept in unnatural environments. Without Alligator Alley, these beautiful creatures would otherwise be killed.

For visitors, Alligator Alley is a chance to see over 450 alligators, from hatchlings to mature adults, in their natural habitat. You’ll see gators, ranging in size from 5 to more than 13 feet long, relaxing, sunbathing, courting, feeding, and nesting.

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