Discover the charm of Mobile & Gulf Coast Alabama. Mobile is the oldest city in the state and the area is rich with historic sites and fascinating museums. Ranked twelfth among the country’s busiest ports, the city is known for its flower-lined streets, grand antebellum homes and a historic downtown filled with galleries, shops and tempting restaurants. Mobile hosts the oldest organized Mardi Gras carnival in the United States over two weeks in late January through early February. The annual event features parades with colorful floats, parties, balls and other activities. Catch flying beads, trinkets and moon pies as you celebrate with locals on the downtown streets.
History buffs won’t want to miss the History Museum of Mobile in the impressive Old City Hall building. Tour Civil War battlegrounds including Fort Morgan, Fort Gaines and Fort Condé, or visit the USS Alabama battleship, a National Historic Landmark. Both children and adults love the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. Explore interactive exhibits and see a film in the IMAX theater. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer 32 miles of white sand beaches. Enjoy championship golf courses, miles of hiking trails and endless opportunities for watersports.
Dauphin Island in Alabama
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Dauphin Island Estuarium features 31 aquariums showcasing more than 100 sea life species. Explore the sting ray touch pool and stroll along the Living Marsh Boardwalk. The Audubon Bird Sanctuary at Dauphin Island boasts over 164 acres of maritime forest perfect for bird watching. See thousands of species as they migrate along the island habitat. View over 500 exotic animals at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, just 45 minutes from Mobile.
Explore the Mobile Bay Civil War Trail that spans 90 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to northern Mobile County. See historic cannons at Fort Morgan, view interpretive exhibits, and visit over a dozen historic battle sites. The National Aviation Museum features over 190 restored aircraft from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park offers a chance to see exhibits and displays honoring the World War II battleship and crew.
The Mobile-Tensaw Delta is the largest river delta and wetland in Alabama. The 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort is the visitor center for over 250,000 acres of waterways, woods and wetlands. Explore the Delta on a pontoon boat, or sign up for guided tours of more than 170 miles of canoe trails. Spend an afternoon on an eco-boat excursion, or enjoy fishing and the scenic boardwalk at Meaher State Park.