The historic city of Mobile, Alabama boasts a wealth of attractions and activities that range from cultural tours to all-night parties.
You’ll never run out of things to do and see in this city, where the best of the old and the new converge. Here’s our list of 7 of the best attractions in Mobile.
- USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
The USS Alabama, a battleship launched in 1942 and decommissioned in 1947, is docked in Mobile and now serves as the main attraction in this popular Alabama destination. Visitors can tour the ship captain’s cabin, decks, berth compartments, bridge, and other parts of the ship, as well as learn about the country’s military past and get an up-close feel of life in the service. The park also features aircraft and military equipment from previous eras in US military history, as well as other historical exhibits.
- Fort Conde/The Museum of Mobile
The Museum of Mobile is housed in an imposing replica of Fort Conde, which was built on the site as the base of French colonial forces in the 1720s. The fort then became the stronghold of British and Spanish colonizers before being occupied by American troops in 1813. One of the most historic sites in the US, the fort now has museum with permanent exhibits focusing on the history of Mobile and the state of Alabama. Seasonal exhibits have included the Tutankhamun, Ark of India, and Faces of Africa, showcasing local and international artifacts and treasures.
- Mobile Bay
Mobile Bay offers everything Alabama visitors will want to experience in this diverse and unique city. It features historic forts highlighting the city’s storied past, stunning white sand beaches, nature preserves and sanctuaries, and plenty of fishing, hunting, hiking, golfing, and camping opportunities.
- Mardi Gras
Held on Fat Tuesday, or the day before Ash Wednesday, Mobile’s Mardi Gras is the oldest in the US. The traditional parade has all the colors and festive atmosphere of Mardi Gras celebrations elsewhere in the US and the world, with spectacular floats, stores decorated in lavish colors, and onlookers cheering from balconies decked with colorful beads.
- Historic districts
Mobile has seven districts listed on the National Register Historic Districts. Each area boasts its own distinctive architecture and character like Southern mansions and frame cottages dating back to the 1800s to early 1900s, centuries-old live oak and magnolia trees, historic town squares, and original brick buildings in various architectural styles.
- Mobile Museum of Art
Founded in 1963, this is the only accredited art museum in southern Alabama. The museum’s collection includes more than 10,000 paintings, sculptures, paper art, decorative arts, and various crafts. Its permanent exhibits include American, European, Asian, and African art, while special exhibits feature the collection of artists from Alabama and other states and countries.
- Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Constructed in the mid 1800s, this Roman Catholic cathedral is best known for its stunning collection of stained glass windows created by Franz Mayer & Co. in Munich, Germany. The windows were installed from 1890 to 1910, and measure 8 feet wide and 23 feet tall. Over the decades, the cathedral had undergone various renovations, and the many additions and changes now serve as reflections of Mobile’s rich history.
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