As the host of America’s first Mardi Gras, this Southern city has plenty of personality, with charming neighborhoods, historical museums and delicious local food.
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 genuine Southern hospitality.
Since the French settled Mobile in 1702, it has been ruled under six flags: France, Spain, Great Britain, Republic of Alabama, the Confederacy and finally the United States. Creole, Greek, African and Catholic cultures are also present. Join Mobile’s celebration of its diverse background through its museums, neighborhoods and festivals.
Mobile famously hosts the oldest Carnival celebration in the United States. As French Louisiana’s first capital, Mobile initiated Mardi Gras in 1703. Although New Orleans is now the undisputed leader of Mardi Gras, Mobile residents may remind you that their city celebrated the holiday 15 years before New Orleans was founded. Participate in Mobile’s multi-week celebration.
Mobile has many historic districts and numerous landmarked buildings. Stroll around the nine-block De Tonti Square Historic District, home to notable residences built in Italianate, Greek revival and Federal architectural styles. 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 and 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. A large collection of aircraft and other military hardware accompany these two iconic pieces of World War II history.
Mobile Regional Airport is west of the city. Whether you visit Mobile to revel in Mardi Gras celebrations, see the New Year’s Eve giant Moon Pie Drop or merely enjoy fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, this southern city will leave you entertained and delighted.