Chickasabogue Park – Hiking, Biking, Disc Golf, and More!

April 15th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chickasabogue ParkChickasabogue Park is a 1,100-acre multi-use outdoor recreation facility offering mountain biking, hiking trails, disc-golf, canoeing, fishing, and more!

Spring has sprung and now is the time to start planning your spring or summer Mobile Bay getaway.

If you like getting out into the big, beautiful outdoors, the Mobile Bay area has you covered. 5 Rivers Delta is right nearby, along with Alligator Alley, Mobile Botanical Gardens, numerous public golf courses, airboat tours, and so very much more.

Looking to get in some hiking, fishing, boating, or swimming? The area also features a number of excellent parks with opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor activities.

One of the first that comes to mind is Chickasabogue Park.

Read the rest of this page »

Hit The Links – Public Mobile AL Golf Courses

March 24th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile AL golf coursesIf you’re hoping to hit the links during your Mobile Bay getaway, you’re in luck. The selection of Mobile AL golf courses open to the public includes a stop along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail!

It may just be warming up where you are but, here in the Gulf Coast, every season is golf season. Alabama is a golf lover’s paradise, with a fine variety of public and private courses, including The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. People come from all over to enjoy our challenging and beautifully designed greens.

Though you can find excellent golfing all across the state, the selection of public, Mobile AL golf courses is hard to beat. One of the area’s biggest draws, has to be Magnolia Grove.

Read the rest of this page »

Get Set for SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival 2019

March 9th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

SouthSounds 2019SouthSounds 2019, Mobile AL’s annual Music and Arts Festival, is bringing over 70 artists to 16 different downtown venues in the Azalea City – April 12th through the 14th, 2019.

SouthSounds Music and Arts Festival began in 2011 as a platform for independent and up-and-coming Southern music and art. That first concert was a great success and lead to an annual succession of festivals, each larger and more exciting than the last.

SouthSounds 2019 looks like it will continue the streak with more than 70 artists. Bands like Of Montreal, Corey Smith, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Dumpstaphunk, and Surfer Blood, to barely scratch the surface. Though the festival lineup favors indie rock, it is intentionally eclectic. You may hear country, bluegrass, metal, soul, funk, blues, r&b, hip-hop, and more.

Read the rest of this page »

Discover the Mobile Waterfront with a Sunset Mobile Al Dinner Cruise!

February 18th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover the Mobile Waterfront with a Mobile Al Dinner CruiseSoak up beautiful sunset views of the Mobile waterfront in style from aboard The Perdido Queen, a classic paddlewheel boat, on a Mobile Al dinner cruise!

Waterfront cruises aboard the Perdido Queen is one of Mobile, AL’s newest attractions. In fact, they currently offer Mobile’s only dinner cruise, which seems crazy, given our scenic waterfront and cityscape.

The Perdido Queen is a classic, refurbished, sternwheeler, paddlewheel riverboat. The 2 level, climate controlled vessel provides big windows and comfortable seats from which to dine and enjoy the view.

The ship is big enough to include dining, dancing, a bar, observation deck, and live entertainment. All that space doesn’t mean you don’t need reservations, however – these cruises are popular!

During your cruise, you’ll enjoy Mobile’s stunning cityscape at sunset from the window of the view climate controlled cabin. You also have the option of stepping out onto the top level observation deck for a little stargazing. Gorgeous!

The Perdido Queen currently offers a variety of regular cruises along with a selection of special, seasonal cruises.

Read the rest of this page »

Bellingrath Gardens and Home 2019 Spring Events

February 8th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Bellingrath Gardens and Home 2019 Orchid ShowIt may be decidedly frigid where you are right now but rest assured spring is just around the corner and nowhere in Mobile, AL shows it more than Bellingrath Gardens and Home!

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is a 65-acre public garden and historic home near Mobile, AL. The estate’s gardens, originally owned by Walter and Bessie Bellingrath, opened to the public in 1932. The house was added to the property as a museum in 1956, and the entire estate was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is well known for its lush and beautifully sculpted public gardens. People come to the Mobile area year ’round to revel in the gardens and immaculately decorated, historic home.

Though you can visit nearly any time, the gardens host numerous special occasions throughout the year, including car shows, concerts, benefit runs, and more.

Spring is a time of particular activity, of course. A variety of bloom outs and other seasonal events, like the annual Mobile Orchid Show and Mobile Festival of Flowers, make the season a great time to visit.

2019 Springtime Events at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

March 1-3 – 42nd Annual Mobile Area Orchid Society’s Orchid Show and Sale
The Mobile Area Orchid Society displays their best orchids, answer questions, and provides tips for the exotic plants. The show includes vendors and new spring merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop. Learn more at bellingrath.org

March 2-31 – Azalea Bloom Out
See more than 250,000 vibrant azaleas during Bellingrath Gardens’ Azalea Bloom Out. Dates may vary. More information is available at bellingrath.org

March 21-24 – Providence Hospital’s 26th Annual Festival of Flowers
The annual Festival of Flowers is the largest outdoor flower show in the Southeast and Bellingrath Gardens and Home is part of the festivities! Don’t miss this fun and flowertastic annual event: festivalofflowers.com.

April 6 – The 26th Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show
See hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles on Bellingrath Gardens’ Great Lawn during Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show. You can even register and show off your own! More details at: mobilebaymustangclub.org.

April 19-30 – Rose Bloom Out
Experience the award-winning Bellingrath Rose Garden during its first bloom. More than 2,000 roses are in the gardens, representing many of the Gulf Coast’s best varieties. Dates for the bloom peak may vary. Learn more at bellingrath.org.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

The Gulf Coast’s extended growing season provides for a cornucopia of lush and beautiful flora to enjoy. Come discover some of the best at Bellingrath Gardens and Home.
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582 – bellingrath.org

Mobile AL Lodging

Malaga Inn, located in Mobile’s downtown historic district, offers 39, custom tailored, private guestrooms and suites, all less than half an hour’s drive from Bellingrath Gardens. We offer complimentary wifi, cable tv, and off street parking. Many of our rooms and suites open onto a picturesque, central courtyard. Book your stay at Malaga Inn today!

Travel Along the Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage Trail

January 25th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage TrailDiscover the history and often unsung heroes of Mobile’s ethnically diverse past on the Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail. The trail’s more than 40 points of interest reveal otherwise forgotten chapters of history and stories of unrelenting courage.

“You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been,” they say. Well, the Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage Trail provides just such an opportunity. The trail is a window to the rich history of Mobile, AL.

Mobile is nothing if not culturally diverse – and it pretty much always has been that way. French, Spanish, British, Creole, Catholic, Greek, African and more. These groups and many others have played their part, with the end result that Mobile has been and remains a colorful and diverse community.

Read the rest of this page »

Mobile Mardi Gras 2019 – Joe Cain, Moon Pies, and More!

January 11th, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Mardi Gras 2019Mardi Gras begins at 4:30pm on Friday, February 15th this year and ends on Tuesday, March 5th. Come celebrate in America’s original Carnival city during Mobile Mardi Gras 2019!

Mardi Gras has been celebrated around the world for centuries. It’s roots go all of the way back to the spring celebrations of the early-Romans. Then Medieval Catholicism updated the focus to the advent of Easter. All that was left after that was taking it to the New World, which Nicholas Langlois did right here in Mobile, in 1703, back when our city was the capital of Louisiana.

A lot of things have changed since that first Mobile Mardi Gras but we still celebrate and you’re most definitely invited!

If you’re looking for a more family-friendly place way enjoy the annual Carnival tradition, Mobile Mardi Gras is for you. While Mobile’s festivities offer plenty of adult fun, it doesn’t get as out of hand here as it can, in other cities like New Orleans.

Read the rest of this page »

New Year’s Eve in Mobile, AL – MoonPie Madness 2018!

December 15th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

New Year's Eve in Mobile 2018Ring in 2019 under the glow of the moon – the MoonPie Over Mobile glow, that is! New Year’s Eve in Mobile means live bands, food trucks, a beer garden, and the world’s largest MoonPie – not to mention the 600 pound, electric one that drops at midnight …

New Year’s Eve 2018 marks the 10th annual MoonPie Over Mobile celebration in downtown Mobile. Over 50,000 people spend their New Year’s Eve in Mobile every year and this year should be no exception. In fact the crowds may be even even larger than usual.

Why?

MoonPie Over Mobile isn’t just celebrating its own 10th anniversary, it’s also the official kick-off to the Alabama Bicentennial!

Read the rest of this page »

Bellingrath Gardens Christmas In Lights 2018

December 10th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Bellingrath Gardens Christmas in Lights 2018Come celebrate the season at the 23rd annual Bellingrath Gardens Christmas in Lights! The breath-taking display includes more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights, and 15 scenes!

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is a 65-acre, lush public garden and historic home located just south of Mobile, AL. Bellingrath attracts a great many visitors to the Mobile area all year ’round with its immaculate grounds and special events.

One of the most popular annual events is Magic Christmas In Lights. The annual display is a Gulf Coast holiday tradition!

And why not? Who wouldn’t look forward to an annual stroll through 65-acres of stunning gardens bedecked in dazzling light?

Bellingrath Gardens Christmas In Lights also hosts weeknight choral performances on the home’s South Terrace. The full concert schedule for 2018 can be seen here.

Read the rest of this page »

Discover Mobile’s Richards DAR House Museum

November 23rd, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Richards DAR House MuseumCome tour the Richards DAR House Museum! This magnificently decorated, 1860’s Italianate townhouse is located in Mobile, AL’s downtown Historical District.

Mobile is home to a number of historic house museums that you can visit and tour – and the Richards DAR House is one of them.

The Richards DAR House dates to 1860. Steamboat Captain Charles Richards built the lush and sizeable home for his large family. The house is located in Mobile’s oldest neighborhood, De Tonti Square and considered one of the city’s finest examples of the Italianate style.

The 10,000 square foot dream home includes a traditional brick courtyard and is surrounded by formal gardens. The house is famous for its expansive, cast-iron lace facade. The intricate metalwork wraps the front porch, gallery and sidewalk with depictions of the four seasons.

Read the rest of this page »

Fort Gaines Christmas Through the Ages 2018

November 5th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Fort Gaines Christmas Through the Ages 2018Come celebrate a living history Christmas at one of the best preserved, 19th century shoreline fortifications on the east coast: Fort Gaines! The 34th annual Fort Gaines Christmas Through the Ages living history event is scheduled for December 8th, 2018.

Fort Gaines, located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island, is always a great place to visit. The fort’s ramparts have been guarding the entrance to Mobile Bay since the early 1860’s.

In fact, construction on the fort began in 1821 but, due to a number of issues, it wasn’t finished until 1862. Mind you, it was completed after it had been captured by Southern troops!

Read the rest of this page »

Visit the Condé-Charlotte House Museum

October 19th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile's Condé-Charlotte House MuseumTravel back in time to 18th century Mobile, Alabama with a visit to the Condé–Charlotte House historic house museum.

There’s an awful lot of history in Mobile, AL. Forts, gardens, parks, monuments and, historic houses tell the tale of the city and region.

Of them all, the Condé-Charlotte House Museum is billed as “the gateway to Mobile’s history,” and with good reason. The building, constructed in 1822 between the southern bastions of Fort Condé, was Mobile’s first courthouse and city jail.

The building, still sometimes referred to as The Kirkbride House, was purchased in 1849 by Jonathan Kirkbride. Kirkbride added what is now known as the main house, converting the courthouse and jail section into a kitchen. Evidence of the old jail cells, with their two-foot thick brick floor, can still be seen in the kitchen wing.

The Historic Mobile Preservation Society purchased the site in 1940 for restoration. Their hard work provided the historic house museum we see today, highlighting Mobile’s history under five flags: French, English, Spanish, Confederate and American.

Read the rest of this page »

Mobile, AL’s 4th Annual Gears and Beers 2018

October 12th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Gears and Beers 2018Come to Mobile, AL this November for Gears and Beers 2018! This popular event includes four bike rides and an after-party at Fort Condé, the Fort of Colonial Mobile. November 10th, 2018.

There’s nothing quite like getting out in the open air on a bicycle and Mobile, AL is a great place for it. In fact, Gears and Beers has grown so popular that it had to be moved from downtown Mobile to Fort Condé!

The 4th annual return of Gears and Beers continues the trend with a bicycle ride for everyone!

Choose from the 8.2 mile fun ride, a 30, 60, or go all out on the 100 miler.

Read the rest of this page »

Greater Gulf State Fair 2018 Rodeo and Stampede

September 24th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Greater Gulf State Fair 2018Summer may be on its way out but that doesn’t mean all the fun is over! The 2018 Greater Gulf State Fair is just around the corner: October 26th through November 4th, 2018.

The Greater Gulf State Fair may be fairly young, as state fairs go, but what it lacks in age, it makes up for in size and fun! The event may only 63 years old but it has the distinction of being Alabama’s largest state fair.

The fair runs for a full ten days, transforming The Grounds into a miniature city. It has its own power grid, police and medical control center, restaurants, and more.

Over 100,000 people come to the Greater Gulf State Fair every year. While it was created to serve of people of Lower Alabama, Lower Mississippi, and the Panhandle of Florida (thus the name) visitors are more than welcome to join in!

Read the rest of this page »

Get Set for Ten Sixty Five Twenty Eighteen! – Mobile’s 1065 Music Festival

September 7th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

music festival Ten Sixty Five 2018Fall is just around the corner and with it comes Mobile’s free fall music festival, Ten Sixty Five 2018! The two-day festival is celebrating its 4th year with an emphasis on technology and the music of Mobile, AL. October 5th and 6th, 2018 in downtown Mobile.

Ten Sixty Five (Ten65 … 1065 … you decide) Music Festival is Mobile’s free, annual, laid back street party celebrating music, local art, and Downtown Mobile. 2018’s headliners include Walker Hayes, Wet Willie, Big Boi, and Mayer Hawthorne!

This year’s event has a new tagline: “Music Tech & Culture.” Gulf Coast Code Camp has partnered with Ten65 to join music and technology in a one of a kind event: Ten65Tech. The Ten65Tech mission is education, networking, and growing the local tech community. What a great new direction for the festival’s format to evolve in – exciting!

Read the rest of this page »

Jubilee Festival of Arts 2018 – Art, Music, & Seafood!

August 24th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Jubilee Festival of Arts 2018The 30th aCome out to the nnual Jubilee Festival of Arts in Daphne, AL is an eastern shore celebration of art, music, and seafood! September 29th and 30th, 2018.

Come on out to the oak-lined Main Street of Olde Towne Daphne, AL and celebrate the culture of Mobile Bay’s eastern shore. The annual Jubilee Festival of Arts attracts thousands to the area each year and you’re invited!

Nearly 100 arts and crafts vendors from the community and region will be on hand and are the core of the festival. They’ll showcase the very best in both functional and decorative handcrafted items like jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculpture, wood, mixed media, and more.

Jubilee Festival of Arts also means lots of great food! Local food trucks, restaurants, and chefs will be out in force, offering their finest. Hamburgers, chicken wings, gourmet waffles, ice cream sundaes, kettle corn, and more.

Read the rest of this page »

Mobile Medical Museum – 300 Years of Medical History

August 17th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Medical MuseumWhen you visit the Mobile Medical Museum, in Mobile, AL, you’ll see thousands of fascinating artifacts that will take you back through 300 years of medical history!

Mobile was at the center of Alabama’s early medical history and is home to many of the state’s medical firsts. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that Mobile would have sucha fascinating medical history museum.

The Mobile Medical Museum has an extensive collection of medical instruments and equipment, photographs, teaching materials, and letters from the early 1700s on. The over 5,000 artifacts, memorabilia, and archives represent the largest medical collection in the Southeast.

Read the rest of this page »

Step Back In Time At the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

July 27th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion in Mobile, ALThere are a number of restored, historic houses in Mobile but the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is the most spectacular Antebellum example in town. The mansion features double parlors, a lavish dining room, and grounds lush with live oaks and azaleas.

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is a 13,000 square foot, Greek Revival home, built in 1855 by Judge John Bragg. The mansion is located in the heart of Mobile’s Oakleigh Garden District. Judge Bragg and his family used the home for to enjoy Mobile’s social season, Thanksgiving through Mardi Gras.

The house remained in the Bragg family until 1880, then passed through a variety of hands before the last private owner purchased it in 1931. This final family occupied the Mansion until 1965. It is very much due to their efforts that the mansion became an icon of Mobile.

Read the rest of this page »

Come To Mobile for Dauphin Street Beer Festival 2018!

July 20th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Dauphin Street Beer Festival 2018It’s almost time for Dauphin Street Beer Festival 2018, the 21st annual return of Mobile, AL’s popular, downtown beer fest! Now that the festival has reached legal drinking age, it’s bound to be more fun than ever before! 6pm to 9pm, August 25th, 2018.

Dauphin Street Beer Festival 2018 continues a long standing Mobile tradition that started back in 1997. Since that first festival, the beer fest has only increased in scope and popularity. The annual August event draws both visitors and residents to downtown Mobile from all around the region.

The festival takes place in downtown Mobile and is more of a pub-crawl than your typical stationary beer tasting. Attendees spend the evening sampling beers at a variety of downtown venues. More than 30 different Mobile restaurants and bars participate, with samples of more than 90 different beers available.

Read the rest of this page »

Discover the Mobile-Tensaw Delta at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center

June 22nd, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Discover the Mobile-Tensaw Delta at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is a great place to explore the natural wonder that is Alabama’s Mobile-Tensaw Delta.

The Mobile-Tensaw Delta is a fascinating place where five rivers come together into Mobile Bay. When the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee, and Blakeley rivers flow into Mobile Bay, it’s a collision of fresh and salt water. This mix of waters creates a rare environment for all manner of unique plants and animals.

The delta includes some 250,000 acres of scenic waterways, woods, and wetlands. This habitat supports over 500 types of plants, 126 species of fish, and more than 300 species of birds. 30 species of amphibians, 69 species of reptiles, and 40 species of mammals also call the delta home.

5 Rivers Delta Resource Center is located in Spanish Fort, AL. The center encompasses over 81 acres of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta for you to explore in a variety of ways. There are trails to hike, places to picnic, and endless photo opportunities.

Read the rest of this page »

Take A Walk Down Alabama’s Alligator Alley!

June 15th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Alligator Alley in Summerdale AlabamaIf you’re a fan of wildlife – or just want to see a prehistoric monster up close – then you’ll love Alligator Alley alligator farm, in Summerdale, AL!

Alabama’s Alligator Alley is home to more than 450 alligators, from hatchlings to mature adults. The farm was started as a rescue sanctuary for “nuisance” animals: alligators who had proven too aggressive or problematic for their own good. Rather than killing these magnificent animals, they were brought to Alligator Alley for a second chance at life.

Alligator Alley provides over 20 acres of natural cypress swamp habitat for their rescued gators. Alligators at the farm can feed, swim, sunbathe, mate, and nest, unmolested – and you can watch!

Read the rest of this page »

You’ll “Dig” the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum

May 25th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

University of South Alabama Archaeology MuseumCome discover over 12,000 years of Gulf Coast history and prehistory at the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum! Exhibits showcase artifacts from ancient Woodland cultures, mound-building Mississippian peoples, early French settlers, and archaeologists at work.

If you’ve a fascination for history – especially if you’re interested in how it’s studied and collected in the field, you’ll really “dig” the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum.

Many of the museum’s exhibits feature life-sized representations of how and where archaeologists work. You’ll also see the exciting local discoveries they’ve made. Exhibits reach as far back as 1000 BC to Alabama’s Woodland culture, and as far forward as post-Civil War Mobile.

Read the rest of this page »

Catch Mobile BayBears’ 2018 Home Games!

May 11th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile BayBears 2018 ScheduleCome cheer on the Mobile BayBears on their home turf of Hank Aaron Stadium. The 2018 season offers plenty of opportunities with numerous home games here in Mobile, AL!

If you’re a baseball fan looking for some fun during your Mobile Bay getaway, look no further than Hank Aaron Stadium! The Mobile BayBears are part of the Southern League and a Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The BayBears were founded in 1997 and have won four Southern League titles: 1998, 2004, 2011, and 2012. The team was named Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America in 1998 and 2011. More than 150 former BayBears players have reached the Major League, including All-Stars Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Peavy, Carlos Gonzalez, and Justin Upton.

The BayBears home field, Hank Aaron Stadium, is right here in Mobile, just 10 minutes from Malaga Inn! The stadium offers a variety of daily promotions throughout the season.

Read the rest of this page »

Explore the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium

April 27th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Dauphin Island Sea Lab EstuariumGet up close and personal with rays, crabs, turtles, lobsters and more when you explore the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium!

Come discover the secret worlds of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and the Gulf of Mexico. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium exhibits take you beneath Alabama’s coastal waves and  swamps. The Estuarium has more than 30 aquariums housing over 100 species!

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is the state of Alabama’s marine science research and education center. The facility has been conducting marine science research and education for over 40 years. Thanks to the Estuarium, you don’t have to be a marine scientist or student to experience this fascinating world.

Read the rest of this page »

Discover the First Annual Mobile Cuban Festival 2018!

April 13th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Cuban Festival 2018Did you know Mobile, AL is a sister city to Havana, Cuba? It’s true! Come out to the first-ever Mobile Cuban Festival and learn more about Cuba, enjoy live music, food, and much more! May 5th, 2018, 10am to 5pm at the Mobile Museum of Art (MMofA).

Mobile, AL might not leap to mind when you think about the U.S. and Cuba – but maybe it should.

Mobile has been trading with Havana for over 315 years. Havana was Mobile’s biggest trading partner until the embargo. For many years, the two cities exchanged all manner of necessary goods: cotton, timber, paper, copper, salt, and more. Perhaps more surprising, Cuba’s love of baseball can be traced back to Mobile’s Spring Hill College.

150 years ago, two Cuban brothers returned to Havana after attending Mobile’s Spring Hill College and started Havana’s first baseball team. The rest, as I’m sure you know, is history.

Read the rest of this page »