Category Archives: Mobile Attractions

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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