What To Do When You're in Mobile!
Alabama’s third largest city, Mobile is a happening city along the Gulf of Mexico coast. Also known as Port City and Azalea City, Mobile is busting with cultural attractions, historic sites, outdoor activities, and so much more.
Fans of arts and culture find plenty of resources in Mobile. First stop is the Mobile Museum of Art – a 95,000-square-foot brainchild of the Mobile Art Association. Established in 1963, MMA offers themed galleries like the African & Asian Collection Gallery, the Katharine C. Cochrane Gallery of American Fine Art, and the Riddick Glass Gallery, and Smith Crafts Gallery – amongst others.
Other arts venues in town include the Saenger Theatre, Space 301 Gallery & Studio, and much more. For the performing arts, head to Mobile Civic Center for the Mobile Ballet and Mobile Opera, or see what the Saenger Theatre Performing Arts Center or the Mobile Theatre Guild is up to.
If you’ve the family in tow, Mobile features a slew of family-friendly options. Take the kiddos to the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center & IMAX Theater – offering over 150 interactive exhibits in fixtures like the Wharf of Wonder, the Hands on Hall, My Body Works, and the J.L. Bedsole IMAX Theater.
And if that isn’t enough, stop by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, or take in a performance at The Playhouse in the Park.
Fort Conde Historic Site
Originating in 1702 as French Louisiana’s capital city, ole’ Port City is bursting with historic attractions. Significant stops include the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the National African American Archives & Museum, and Battleship Memorial Park.
Other must-sees include the Mobile Medical Museum in the Vincent-Doan House and – obviously – the History Museum of Mobile in Old City Hall. The historic Bernstein-Bush mansion houses the Mobile Carnival Museum – covering over 300 years of Mardi Gras in Mobile.
If it’s a historic home you want, check out the Oakleigh Historic Complex, the Richards DAR House, Condé-Charlotte House, and the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. And if it’s Civil War history you crave, enjoy tours of Fort Morgan, Fort Gaines, and the Historic Blakeley State Park. And of course, don’t forget the Fort Conde Historic Site.
Travelers looking to attend a festival should plan their trip around major Mobile events like Carnival and BayFest.
A must in Azalea City is the Mobile Botanical Gardens – a 100-acre non-profit organization founded in 1974. A major fixture is the Rhododendron Garden – featuring over 1,000 azaleas – along with the Fragrance & Texture Garden, Japanese Maple Garden, Camellia Wintergarden, and the 40-acre Longleaf Pine.
Mobile Botanical Gardens is located in Langan Park (also home to the aforementioned (Mobile Museum of Art and Playhouse in the Park). At 720 acres, Langan Park is the largest municipal park in town – found in the Spring Hill area. Other attractions include the 50-court Mobile Tennis Center and plenty of picnic space.
Another must for nature lovers is the 65-acre Bellingrath Gardens & Home – a combination botanical garden and historic mansion. Golfers can try the 54-hole Magnolia Grove Golf Course – found along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail – and the 18-hole Azalea City Golf Course (also in Langan Park).
There’s something for you in Mobile, too. If you’re looking for the ballgame, check out the Mobile BayBears at Hank Aaron Stadium. Mobile also hosts the University of South Alabama, featuring football with the Jaguars at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, and basketball with the Jaguars at Mitchell Center.