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Discover Historic Fort Gaines – Guardian of Mobile Bay

September 25, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Dauphin Island's Historic Fort Gaines

Historic Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island
(photo courtesy of Edibobb)

Historic Fort Gaines, on Alabama’s Dauphin Island, is one of the best preserved, 19th century shoreline fortifications on the east coast. Best known for its Civil War role during the Battle of Mobile Bay, the fort is now a historic site offering living history tours.

Fort Gaines has been guarding the entrance to Mobile Bay since 1862. The fort’s well-preserved ramparts on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island command panoramic views of Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Work began on the fort in 1821 but cost overruns and other difficulties didn’t see it finished until 1862 – after it was captured by Southern troops!

Fort Gaines Historic Site consists of five buildings inside the fort’s exterior walls, with tunnel systems throughout. Corner bastions with spiral stone staircases lead to cannons that were actually used in the Battle of Mobile Bay. There are also “disappearing guns” and bunker systems that were added to the fort during the Spanish-American War.

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Come Experience the Mobile Symphonic Pops Band!

August 14, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Symphonic Pops BandThe Mobile Symphonic Pops Band is celebrating its 40th season this year. If you’ve not heard one of their amazing programs, you owe it to yourself to do so. Luckily, there are still plenty of opportunities left in the year to do so!

If you’re moved by live performances of symphonic music, then you’ll definitely want to experience a Mobile Symphonic Pops Band concert.

The Mobile Symphonic Pops Band, formed in 1977, is a voluntary community band. Originally known as  the “City of Mobile Symphonic Pops Band,” they’ve since dropped the “city of ” part of their name, due in part to evolving sponsorship.  The band is also sometimes simply referred to as “The Mobile Pops Band.”

In the ensuing decades, the band has gained in prominence and popularity. Their annual series of “StarBright” concerts in Langan Park are especially well attended. The band is also called to perform at important events outside the area, such as the Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans, for example.

The Mobile Symphonic Pops Band is made up of adult, volunteer woodwind, brass, and percussion players. The band is currently led by Conductor David Dueitt. Dueitt is a retired band teacher and director with more than 30 years of experience working with music education programs. He has also served as an adjudicator for countless concert and marching band competitions, as well as directing a number of All-State and County Honor Bands.

Performances from the group feature both classical compositions and newer, often show, tunes. 2017 is the Mobile Symphonic Pops Band’s 40th concert season. Though much of the season is already past, seven more opportunities to see them perform remain.

2017 Mobile Symphonic Pops Band Schedule

September 25 – Semmes – MGM Auditorium, 7pm
September 30 – Cottage Hill Medal of Honor Park, 7pm
​October 1 – Spanish Fort Community Center, 6pm
November 11 – Veterans Day – U.S.S. Alabama Battleship Park, 7pm
December 11 – Christmas – Davidson High School Auditorium, 7pm
December 14 – Christmas – Murphy High School Auditorium, 7pm

Visit www.themobilepops.com for Mobile Symphonic Pops Band performance videos and more!

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Explore History at Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park!

June 12, 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 26, 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!

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

May 17, 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 28, 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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Dive In to 5 Rivers – Alabama’s Delta Resource Center!

February 24, 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 17, 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 27, 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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Get Out On Mobile’s Outdoor Ice-Skating Rink – Riverside Ice!

December 23, 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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Visit the Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum!

October 17, 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 29, 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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Take A Walk Down Alabama’s Alligator Alley

July 25, 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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GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast

July 15, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf CoastGulfQuest is a 90,000 square foot museum in Mobile, AL that is shaped like a ship and dedicated to the Gulf of Mexico’s rich maritime traditions. You’ve never seen anything like this!

GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast opened its doors to the public on September 26th, 2015 and it’s been full steam ahead ever since. Plan for at least half a day to truly explore the five engrossing decks of this glass-walled, ship-shaped museum.

This unique maritime museum offers 90 state-of the-art interactive displays. You’ll see simulators, theaters, and unique exhibits on the marine archeology, shipwrecks, hurricanes of the Gulf of Mexico. GulfQuest is one of only two such interactive maritime museums in the U.S.

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Let Mobile Botanical Gardens Grow On You

April 25, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile Botanical GardensOne hundred acres of both natural and cultivated gardens, woodlands, and trails make Mobile Botanical Gardens the largest collection of plants on the Gulf Coast and a great day trip for both gardeners and nature lovers alike!

In the 1700’s, before Europeans arrived to log it, Mobile Botanical Gardens’ acreage was part of a vast Longleaf Pine forest. Now part of that forest is back, with the rest either converted to paved garden areas or left as natural woodland gardens populated with local flora and fauna – Mobile Botanical Gardens!

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Visit Mobile’s Historic Oakleigh House

April 18, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Historic Oakleigh House MuseumStep back in time to the antebellum South with a visit to Mobile, Alabama’s most popular attractions – the Historic Oakleigh House Museum!

A beautiful example of a pre-Civil War, southern home, the Historic Oakleigh House Museum in the Oakleigh Historic Complex is considered one of the rarest examples of Greek revival architecture in the United States.

Remarkably well preserved, much of the credit for its current state of repair falls to the families who have lived here and carefully adapted and preserved the home through the intervening decades.

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Experience Colonial Times at Mobile’s Historic Fort Condé

February 12, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mobile's Fort CondéStep back in time to the 18th century and America’s colonial days with a visit to Mobile, Alabama’s historic Fort Condé!

Built of brick, stone, packed earth, and cedar timbers by the French in 1723 to guard against British or Spanish attack, Fort Condé protected Mobile and its citizens for almost 100 years and under three different names!

From 1723 to 1763, the fortifications were under French rule as Fort Condé. From 1763 to 1780, England was in possession of the region, and renamed the structure Fort Charlotte. From 1780 to 1813 the battlements were known as Fort Carlota while Spain had the upper hand.

Come 1813, Mobile was occupied by US troops, and the English name for the fort – Fort Charlotte – was once again applied. Seven years later, it was determined the fort was no longer needed and, by 1823, almost all visible traces of the fort were under Mobile’s newly expanded streets: gone.

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Meet Tutankhamun at the History Museum of Mobile!

January 18, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Tutankhamun at the History Museum of MobileHoward Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 is considered the most important archaeological find of the last century – and now you can discover the ancient treasures of the boy king of Egypt for yourself, on display at the History Museum of Mobile until April 3rd, 2016!

The History Museum of Mobile’s current main exhibit, Tutankhamun: Wonderful Things from the Pharaoh’s Tomb is a window into the life and death of King Tut through 100 reproductions of his famous tomb’s treasures. Exhibited at the History Museum of Mobile since October 2015, this collection from the artisans of the Pharaonic Village in Egypt recreates the artifacts discovered in King Tut’s tomb, the richest archaeological find of all time.

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Visit Battleship Memorial Park

December 21, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial ParkBattleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama is a military history park and museum containing a collection of historic aircraft and ships including the iconic USS Alabama and the USS Drum – both of which are National Historic Landmarks.

At Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park, you can explore the USS Alabama and the oldest American submarine on display in the world, the USS Drum.

Aboard the USS Alabama, you have access to 12 decks of this fascinating ship and can explore much of her, including climbing inside gun turrets, getting a feel for what it must be like to man a 12mm gun, and even get locked in the brig! (they’ll let you back out – honest)

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Visit Christmas Past at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

November 23, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Christmas Past at the Bragg-Mitchell MansionStep back in time to a Christmas past – one without Scrooge and his ghosts – at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, one of Mobile, Alabama’s most celebrated antebellum mansions!

For many, the best part of the Christmas season is all of the beautiful lights and decorations that go up seemingly every where, bringing cheer and good holiday spirit to all who look upon them. It’s a tradition that has gone on for time out of mind, since before there were strings of electric lights, plastic snowmen, and glowing, inflatable Santas.

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, decked out for the holidays in vintage style during the month of December each year, provides a look back to one of these earlier, simpler Christmas eras.

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Bellingrath Gardens and Home Magic Christmas in Lights

November 13, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Bellingrath Gardens and Home Magic Christmas in LightsLooking for something fun to do in Mobile, Alabama during the holiday season? There’s plenty going on but one thing you should not miss is the Magic Christmas in Lights display at Bellingrath Gardens and Home – November 27th through January 2nd!

Bellingrath Gardens and Home attract people year ’round to the Mobile area with their 65-acre, lush public garden and immaculately decorated historic home. Located on the Fowl River, just a half-hour outside of Mobile in Theodore, Alabama, this once private estate was opened to the public in 1932.

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Airbus In Mobile, Alabama

September 21, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Airbus In Mobile, AL!To ask if we’re excited about having Airbus in Mobile, Alabama is like asking if we’re happy to be alive – you bet we are!

The Airbus U.S. Final Assembly Line at the Brookley Aeroplex – the European company’s first production plant in America – was initially announced in July 2012, broke ground in April 2013, and was inaugurated on September 14th, 2015. The $600 million production facility will be primarily used as the final assembly destination for the Airbus A321, the company’s largest single-aisle jet.

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