With the summer season rolling in, it is officially vacation time along the Gulf Coast and tourists, as well as your neighbors, will be looking for something to do while they have time off. Check out this list of our local favorite destinations to visit.
Enjoy your stay!
The Colonial Fort of Mobile
See a piece of Mobile’s history when you visit the Colonial Fort of Mobile (formerly Fort Conde). It was built in 1702 and originally named Fort Louis in honor of Louis Henri de Bourbon, Duke of Bourbon, Prince of Condé. The fort was then put under construction and renamed Fort Conde in 1723. It played a major role in defending the French against the British and Spanish and was placed at a very strategic spot in the region. The name of the fort would change many times until 1820 when the U.S. Congress would order the removal of the fort, but it was rebuilt and reopened July 4, 1976. The fort that you can visit today is a smaller replica of the original and features exhibits in several rooms that allow visitors to walk through history.
The USS Battleship Memorial Park
At USS Battleship Memorial Park, you and the whole family can experience real war machines. These pieces of history were originally meant to be scrapped, but local Mobilians and other Alabama residents saw a future for these vessels as centerpieces for a Veteran Memorial Park that would be opened in Alabama’s Port City, Mobile. At the park, you can climb aboard the USS Alabama and see how she worked and earned the name, “Heroine of the Pacific”. Plus, there are plenty of other vessels and planes to check out!
GulfQuest Maritime Museum
GulfQuest is the only maritime museum dedicated to learning about the significance of the Gulf of Mexico. It is also one of the only interactive maritime museums in the United States. Activities inside GulfQuest include theater displays, simulators and hands-on projects. GulfQuest hosts celebrations for holidays, traveling exhibits and birthdays.
Mobile Carnival Museum
The Mobile Carnival Museum allows you to take a trip through years of the original Mardi Gras. You can see crowns, scepters, robes and how the designs came to life on the many kings and queens. See videos and photos of balls, parades and coronations that date back to 1886. Climb aboard a float from a past parade of one of Mobile’s many organizations. The Mobile Carnival Museum has special exhibits that visit quarterly and you can book private parties in the large basement.
Bellingrath Gardens is one of the most beautiful places in the entire South. The grounds are stunning year-round and entertain special events during every season. During the summer, Bellingrath hosts Wonderful Wednesday and Kids Gulf Discovery Day. Wonderful Wednesday allows you to walk the gardens in a guided tour to see new additions and have lunch in the Magnolia Café. Kids Gulf Discovery Day allows children to see the biology and ecology that varies along the Gulf Coast. During the winter, Bellingrath hosts one of the largest light shows in the South that attracts thousands of spectators. You can make reservations for events and pick up your tickets at the door. Group tours can also be booked at various rates.
As you can see, the City of Mobile is home to some fascinating and historic attractions. Be sure to explore all that the city has to offer!
Author: Michelle Murrill
CEO Southern View Media