Located at the head of Mobile Bay, Mobile is Alabama’s gateway to the sea. This port city is one of the Gulf Coast’s major cultural hubs. Experience delicious seafood, a lively community and plenty of Southern charm.
The French settled Mobile in 1702. Since then it has been ruled under six flags: France, Spain, Great Britain, Republic of Alabama, the Confederacy and finally the United States. Join Mobile’s celebration of its diverse background through its many museums, historic neighborhoods and festivals.
Mobile famously hosts the oldest Carnival celebration in the United States. As the first capital of French Louisiana, Mobile kicked off Mardi Gras in 1703. Although New Orleans is now the undisputed leader of Mardi Gras, Mobile locals will remind you that Mobile celebrated the holiday 15 years before New Orleans was even founded. Participate in the multi-week celebration that overtakes the city.
Mobile has many historic districts and numerous landmarked buildings. Stroll around the nine-block area of De Tonti Square Historic District, home to notable residences built in Italianate, Greek Revival and Federal architectural styles. Just a short drive away, find the magnificent Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. Judge John Bragg had this neoclassical manor built so his family could enjoy Mobile’s social season during Mardi Gras. Take a guided tour of the mansion’s ornate rooms or walk through the manicured gardens.
Stop at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center on the Tensaw River. This interactive institution features dozens of exhibits for all ages and a domed IMAX theater. Cross the river to Battleship Memorial Park to tour the battleship USS Alabama and the submarine USS Drum. These two iconic pieces of World War II history are accompanied by a large collection of aircraft and other military hardware.
Mobile Regional Airport is just west of the city. Whether you visit Mobile to revel in Mardi Gras celebrations or merely to enjoy fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, this Southern city will leave you entertained and delighted.