A beautiful tunnel of old oak trees in Mobile, Alabama.
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21 Fun Things To Do In Mobile, Alabama On A Weekend Getaway

If you are looking for a weekend getaway with some Southern charm then look no further than Mobile, Alabama! There are so many fun things to do in Mobile with spectacular seafood, a darling historic downtown, battleships, beaches, and gators!

Where Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico meet is the port city of Mobile, home to the first Mardi Gras celebration in the United States (yes, before New Orleans) and warm hospitality you can’t pass up.

The Mobile art mural with letters in white against a blue, green and orange scene of the sun over Mobile Bay is one of many murals to see and one of the fun things to do in Mobile, Alabama.

Oh, and if you like oysters, sunsets, and gorgeous oak trees then you have come to the right place…

Keep reading to discover the best Mobile attractions to explore for adventure, culture, and history!

Where Is Mobile Located?

Mobile is a port city located in the southern portion of the state of Alabama where the Mobile Bay Delta meets the Gulf of Mexico.

The area where the Mobile River, Tensaw River, and Apalachee River converge into Mobile Bay prior to flowing into the Gulf of Mexico is known as the Delta.

A charming small house in downtown Mobile mad of red bricks and green shutters and a pretty tree out front.

Mobile is part of the South or the Southern United States with Alabama bordered by Mississippi to the west, Florida & Georgia to the east, and Tennessee to the north.

The city of Mobile is a little over an hour away from the most pristine white sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama.

If you decide to head to the beach (which I highly recommend), read Fun Things To Do In Orange Beach, Alabama!

Standing on the top deck of the USS Alabama battleship in Mobile.

A quick 45 minutes away from Mobile is Dauphin Island for another great beach getaway. Yep, Alabama has barrier islands with Dauphin the largest to visit.

Explore my post on what to do on Dauphin Island to plan your island escape!

How To Get To Mobile, Alabama

It is very easy to drive to Mobile from neighboring cities or states but if you are coming from a greater distance or prefer flying, I recommend flying into:

Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) – 40 minutes from downtown Mobile

Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM) – 10 minutes from downtown Mobile

Both of these are regional airports so there are fewer flight options depending on where you are coming from.

The Sweet Home Alabama sign on the state line driving from Mississippi to Alabama.

The two closest large international airports that would offer more flight booking options are:

Pensacola International Airport (PNS), Florida – 55 minutes from Mobile

Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT), Mississippi – 1hr, 15 mins from Mobile

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The Best Hotels In Mobile

I split up my stay with a few nights at two different hotels and absolutely loved both. They are centrally located downtown with most of the Mobile attractions within walking distance.

The Battle House Renaissance Mobile

I can’t recommend staying at The Battle House Renaissance Mobile enough! If you want to stay in a historic and luxury hotel then look no further.

The front view of the historic building of the Battle House in downtown Mobile, Alabama.

An ornate plaque on the outside of the Battle House hotel stating established in 1851.

Located in the heart of downtown steps from everything, the hotel is in a beautiful 1851 building that showcases elegance, class, and that wow factor.

After a long day of walking around, I slept like a baby in the comfiest bed, surrounded by excellent décor, and all the charming touches of one of the best hotels in the United States.

My hotel room bathroom with checkered black and white tile and ornate wall paper is fun and elegant.

Oh, and did I mention they have a spa, pool, and great food?

Staying at The Battle House for a few nights exceeded all my expectations and a place I will without a doubt be returning to again…

The elegant and beautiful hotel lobby at the Battle House with incredible arches and architecture.

Standing on the 2nd floor looking down at the lobby of the Battle House and admiring the decor and architecture.

Tip: Don’t leave before experiencing the whispering arches! As someone that works there and they can help you out.

If you stand facing an arch and someone else is at the other side, you can whisper and hear each other clearly. For those that have been to NYC, it is similar to the whispering arches in Grand Central Station!

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

The second hotel I stayed at was the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel and I enjoyed my stay. I had a spectacular view of downtown and Mobile Bay which made for the perfect sunset-watching spot!

Hampton By Hilton Mobile Downtown

Although I didn’t stay here, the location is great within 1-2 blocks of the hotels listed above and the downtown area.

Fun Mobile Tours To Take

Downtown Mobile Food Tour

If you are a food lover and enjoy exploring new towns, then this food tour of downtown Mobile is perfect. Taste the best bites in Mobile and learn about its history!

Delta Wildlife Kayak Tour

Hop in a kayak and explore the Delta led by a guide, seeing wildlife, and learning about the unique wilderness that makes up this region.

Private Afternoon Of Sailing

Feel the breeze in your hair as you venture out onto Mobile Bay on a sailboat! Plus, you can join in and gain some sailing experience.

A close up of the outside of Iron Hand brewery that says ""If you don't have a friend in the world... You'll find one here."

Tips For Visiting Mobile, Alabama

Walking down Dauphin Street with a high rise building in downtown Mobile is seen several blocks down.

Map Of Mobile Attractions

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Fun Things To Do In Mobile, Alabama

1. Wander Down Dauphin Street

Dauphin Street is the main drag through downtown Mobile filled with restaurants, bars, and shops to explore.

It is along Dauphin Street where you will find the best eats and many of the Mobile attractions all within walking distance.

Some might even say it has that New Orleans feel resembling a smaller and more chill version of Bourbon Street.

Old historic building on Dauphin Street in downtown Mobile, Alabama.

A charming two story historic building in downtown Mobile resembling a style from New Orleans with wrought iron balcony.

A pretty 3 tiered planter on Dauphin Street with plants and pink flowers.

The section of Dauphin Street that is bustling on a weekend is known as Lower Dauphin Street or LoDa.

You will notice similar architecture as the French Quarter in New Orleans with colorful houses and wrought-iron balconies in French colonial style.

The streets running parallel to Dauphin are St. Francis Street and Conti Street where I recommend wandering down too.

Walking in Bienville Square with trees, a fountain and grass in Mobile, Alabama.

A beautiful fountain in the middle of Bienville Square Park.

Between Lower Dauphin Street and St. Francis Street is the charming tree-lined Bienville Square Park. There are benches scattered to rest and gather with others.

In fact, since the 1700s it has been the spot for people to come together, attend festivals, and more.

The square was named after Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville who founded Mobile and at one time was the governor of French Louisiana during the 1700s.

Another small and idyllic park is Cathedral Square just two blocks away from Bienville Square.

The cathedral and Cathedral Square Park with lamp post and red flowers.

There is a large grassy area, a gazebo, and benches to sit with the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

The cathedral is one of the oldest Catholic places of worship along the U.S. Gulf Coast and built in 1711.

It stands prominently with its tall columns and inside you can find beautiful stained glass, an impressive vaulted ceiling, and an organ.

2. Hunt Oysters On The Oyster Trail

I know what you are thinking, how do you go oyster hunting on land?

The Oyster Trail is a fun activity for anyone searching the larger-than-life oysters with vibrant colors and scenes of Mobile.

A bright colored painted oyster shell of scenes of Mobile along the Oyster Trail.

Located in and around downtown Mobile, there are 12 places where you can spot a painted oyster. Now if you are feeling really ambitious you can explore the full 25 stops in and outside of downtown.

This unique scavenger-like search for oysters started in 2013 to promote the education for oyster ecology and its importance to Mobile.

Steps away from downtown lead to the waterfront of Mobile Bay and home to the Oyster Gardening Program.

A large oyster shell with a turtle painted on it is one of many oysters to see on the Oyster Trail in downtown Mobile.

A ship with sails painted against a blue background on a big oyster on the Oyster Trail in Mobile. Alabama.

Their mission is to produce more oysters, restore, and improve the reef system of Mobile Bay for the oysters.

In promoting awareness of protecting the oysters in Mobile Bay, the Oyster Trail was born. You can visit the Oyster Gardening Program’s website to download a map of where each painted oyster is located!

3. Taste The Best Oysters In Town

Now if all this talk of oysters has you a little hungry, don’t worry as it should be pretty evident that you can find the best oysters in Mobile!

The number one spot in town to get oysters is at Wintzell’s Oyster House. I loved the oysters at Wintzell’s so much that I might have gone back the next day too…

A plate of delicious oysters Bienville style at Wintzell's.

Remarkably, Wintzell’s opened in 1938 during the Great Depression when starting a business seemed like the worst idea.

But Wintzell knew that “folks eat oysters in good times and bad”. And right he was to stay open all these years!

Wintzell’s is famously known for serving up oysters, “fried, stewed or nude”!

A sign that says "fried, stewed, & nude!" at Wintzell's Oyster House in Mobile.

Prior to my road trip through the South, I had no idea there were several ways to eat and enjoy oysters.

There are five ways to eat your oysters at Wintzell’s and each is pretty darn tasty.

Raw (nude) – as the name implies, shuck them, and eat them raw with the fresh saltiness from Mobile Bay.

Rockefeller – a classic served with spinach, bread crumbs, seasonings, and butter.

Bienville – covered in creamy goodness with shrimp, crab, and parmesan.

Monterey – topped with jalapenos, smoked bacon, and cheddar cheese.

Chargrilled – oysters chargrilled on an open flame with butter and cheese.

I loved each way, but I think my favorite was Bienville style and raw. Although it was a close tie across the board…

Tip: You can also get an assortment of seafood items, not just oysters for those that don’t prefer them. Although I was too stuffed, I was told the bread pudding is pretty awesome.

Hours: Open 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Open til 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Closed on Monday.

4. Dinner & Drinks at Dauphin’s

If you are looking for the most spectacular view of Mobile, the Delta, and Mobile Bay then head to the top of the RSA Trustmark Bldg.

Up on the 34th floor is Dauphin’s, a casual fine dining restaurant serving up the most delicious French Creole cuisine.

View of downtown Mobile and the river from Dauphin's on the 34th floor for dinner.

A glass of red wine with the view of the Mobile River and city below looking out.

There is no better place in town to get a panoramic view of Mobile all while indulging in a great meal and/or drinks.

I went for dinner as I wanted to time my visit around sunset, but since the tail end of a tropical storm was present, the sun didn’t peek out.

Even so, I couldn’t help but be in awe of seeing Mobile in each direction from a birds-eye view. For the views alone, it is one of the best things to do in Mobile.

One of the yummiest plates of shrimp and grits at Dauphin's restaurant in Mobile.

View from the 34th floor at Dauphin's looking down at downtown, the river, and Mobile Bay.

I delightfully enjoyed the Alabama Gulf shrimp and grits with a glass of wine. It was one of the best shrimp and grits I had on my entire trip through the South!

And if you time it right, there is someone playing the piano to accompany an already wonderful evening…

Hours: Open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, and 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday.

5. USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

Visiting the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is one of the top attractions in Mobile for all ages.

There are not many places where you can go aboard a battleship and a submarine! Plus, exploring the huge hanger with numerous planes used by the military over the years.

A huge American flag painted on the outside of the hanger at the USS Alabama Memorial Park is one of the top Mobile attractions.

Walking up the ramp to the huge USS Alabama battleship.

The memorial park is along the shores of Mobile Bay with USS Alabama and USS Drum the two main attractions to see.

The USS Alabama was a battleship used between 1942 and 1947 during WWII. It was decommissioned and ready to scrap when kids from Alabama came together to raise $100,000 to buy it in 1964.

Looking straight on at the huge guns off of the USS Alabama on the top deck.

Standing to the side and looking up at the huge guns on the top deck of the USS Alabama in Mobile.

And I am so glad they did as it is an incredible experience to walk on and in a massive battleship.

After you are done exploring the USS Alabama, make your way over to see USS Drum, a submarine also used during WWII.

An old fighter plane inside the hanger at USS Alabama Memorial Park.

Looking down the length of USS Drum submarine.

A metal bell with USS Drum stamped on it in black on the top deck.

Crouching to walk through an oval door inside of the submarine to pass from one area to another.

Walking down in the submarine was pretty cool but I can’t imagine living in those tight quarters for long periods of time. There is no extra space at all, no privacy, and the obvious lack of fresh air.

Hours: Open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with the last entry at 4:00 pm. There is a $5 parking fee in addition to your ticket into the park.

Admission:

  • Ages 6 – 11 – $6.00
  • Ages 12 – 55 – $18.00
  • And Ages 55+ – $15.00
  • Active Military – Free

6. Fort of Colonial Mobile

Located a few blocks from downtown and across from Mardi Gras Park is Fort of Colonial Mobile also referred to as Fort Condé.

You don’t always see a historic fort with high-rise buildings of a city as the backdrop!

The black metal sign for The Fort of Colonial Mobile.

The red brick wall of Fort Conde with a canon in front in downtown Mobile, Alabama.

Colonial Fort Condé was built in 1723 by French settlers and protected the people of Mobile for 100 years against the British and Spanish.

Mobile was an important port city so protecting it was vital. Inside the fort, you can view several exhibits, artifacts, and info on the early settlers of Mobile.

The red brick wall of Fort Conde and a small tower on one end as a lookout point.

If you love history, particularly that of the military then you will quite enjoy exploring Fort Condé!

Hours: Open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

7. GulfQuest National Maritime Museum

If you are looking for a fun and interactive museum filled with tons of awesome Gulf of Mexico history then GulfQuest National Maritime Museum should be on your list.

GulfQuest is one of the newest Mobile attractions opening up in 2015 providing all kinds of cool facts and info.

For example, did you know that container ships were invented right here in Mobile? That is why GulfQuest is housed inside a building to resemble a huge cargo ship SS McLean to celebrate that history!

The GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico along the Mobile River in Mobile, Alabama.

Unlike some museums that can be boring, you can get a hands-on experience at GulfQuest! There are 90 exhibits, simulators, and theaters to explore.

With multiple decks (replica) on a cargo ship, you can discover how one functions and the large economical impact the cargo ship has in history.

If you find yourself hungry there is a museum café and a gift shop to visit before you leave.

Tip: There is free parking in the GulfQuest parking lot.

Hours: Open Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed Sunday – Tuesday.

8. Explore Mobile’s Delta By Kayak Or Boat

Mobile has a unique location situated where Mobile Bay flows into the Gulf of Mexico. The area where the river flows into the bay is known as the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta.

It is the largest river delta and wetland in Alabama and the second biggest in the United States behind the Mississippi Delta.

The wetlands provide a habitat for countless species of birds, fish, alligators, turtles, and plants. That means exploring this area is a treat to see wildlife!

The two fun ways to experience being out on the Delta are to take a kayak or an airboat tour.

Aerial view of the Mobile Bay Delta in Southern Alabama.

A guided kayak tour through the wetlands and swamps of Mobile’s Delta is a great way to learn about the diverse ecosystem, plants, and wildlife that call it home.

The kayak tour is great for all ages and a tour I had booked but unfortunately, due to a storm, it was canceled. But I do plan to go back and experience it myself!

Have you ever been on an airboat? It doesn’t get more thrilling and fun to glide through the wetlands and bay to see a larger area than by kayak.

You might associate venturing out on an airboat with Florida or Louisiana but you can take an exciting ride with Airboat Adventures in Mobile.

Tip: Bring a pair of travel binoculars to help spot a gator!

Note: For those that are experienced kayakers, you can rent your own kayak and wander the various sections of the Bartram Canoe Trail.

9. Mobile Carnival Museum

When most people think of Carnival or Mardi Gras in the United States, New Orleans usually comes to mind first.

But did you know the birth of Mardi Gras started out in Mobile, Alabama? And it is a first that many in Mobile take pride in their lively heritage.

Mobile Carnival Museum, located in a pale yellow historic mansion in downtown Mobile, Alabama.

Whether you have attended a Mardi Gras celebration or not, you can learn the fascinating history of how it came to be and why it originated in Mobile of all places!

The Mobile Carnival Museum is located in a charming pale yellow historic mansion that offers 14 galleries showcasing costumes, jewelry, other items to view.

Majestic trains and gown inside the Mobile Carnival Museum in celebration of what is worn during Mardi Gras.

So how far back does celebrating Mardi Gras go? The first Mardi Gras celebration was observed in 1703 and is going strong ever since!

Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday. and Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

10. Attend Mardi Gras In Mobile!

Even though New Orleans is known for the biggest Mardi Gras festival in the country, don’t overlook celebrating it where it all began.

As previously mentioned, Mardi Gras originated in Mobile back in 1703 and is still holding a big celebration today.

A plaque on the ground that notes Mardi Gras originated in Mobile and first place to celebrate in the US.

A statue of a person dressed up in costume for Mardi Gras at Mardi Gras Park in Mobile.

Mardi Gras started out with the French Catholics preparing for Lent on Ash Wednesday. To put it simply, the day before (Fat Tuesday) was a day to pretty much be a glutton when it came to food, drinks, and rowdy fun.

It slowly evolved to masked costume balls and over-the-top parades slinging beads in every direction.

The appeal to attending Mardi Gras in Mobile is that it is a lot less crazy and more of a family affair where anyone can attend.

And although there will be some bead throwing, the most popular thing to throw is a Moon Pie!

A statue dressed in costume resembling a jester for Mardi Gras celebration.

A statue of a woman dressed in a gown and labeled the Queen of Carnival at Mardi Gras Park in Mobile.

If you haven’t ever tried one, they are a sweet sandwich of graham crackers with marshmallows in between and covered in chocolate.

As you walk around Mardi Gras Park in downtown, you will notice various statues reminiscent of Mardi Gras year-round. Mardi Gras Park is a central spot for many of the Mardi Gras festivities.

Tip: If you are planning to attend in 2023, Mardi Gras will be held on Tuesday, February 21st, 2023.

11. Avenue Of The Oaks

Minutes from downtown Mobile is one of the prettiest streets! It is a street less than a mile long that is lined with large, beautiful oak trees, hence the name, Avenue of the Oaks.

This whimsical street is located at Spring Hill College where the ancient oak trees form a tunnel or canopy as you walk or drive through.

Two rows of old oak trees that create a gorgeous tunnel in Mobile.

beautiful rows of oak trees

These moss-covered oak trees are estimated to be around 170 years old with Stewartfield (an antebellum home) at one end that is now an event space.

Avenue of the Oaks is by far the grandest entrance to a college and the oldest college in Alabama in fact.

If you happen to visit in spring, you will likely see flowers blooming at the base of the oak trees too!

12. Explore Art Murals

Stumbling upon cool and vibrant street art is fast becoming a part of any downtown city whether it is small or large.

In the past, street art wasn’t usually a positive thing being associated with unappealing graffiti. But today art murals are created by talented artists displaying bright and intriguing scenes.

As Mobile isn’t a huge city, I wasn’t expecting many art murals but was pleasantly surprised to come across a number of them!

A colorful mural with Mobile written on it and scene of Mobile Bay with pelican and the USS Alabama.

All of these murals can be found on Dauphin Street or within a few blocks of the Lower Dauphin Street area.

The Mobile mural was created in 2019 by the Mobile Arts Council and Jake Peavy Foundation depicting Mobile Bay and the USS Alabama.

The colorful sea life art mural on the side of LoDa Bier Garden in Mobile.

On the outside of LoDa Bier Garden is a whimsical mural of sea life by the artist Joe Hobbs.

The huge Ant mural honors that of the naturalist E.O. Wilson and the awesome quote, “There is no greater high than discovery”.

Large art mural of an ant, a quote and face of scientist.

A beautiful abstract tree painted in shades of green with fruit and a red bird in downtown Mobile.

Colorful wings against a pale green background with the words Listen painted on.

A few other fun murals are the series of street art against the pale green hues and a downtown view of Mobile.

The fun element is that murals are always being added or updated so there is something new to see each visit!

13. Mobile Historic District

Within walking distance of downtown Mobile and Dauphin Street is the De Tonti Square Historic District.

The De Tonti Square Historic District is a neighborhood that has several beautiful homes from the 1820s – to 1860s.

Each street in this idyllic district is lined with large oak trees and feels like you are walking in another era.

A charming historic house in De Tonti Square District of Mobile with a beautiful oak tree in front.

A red brick historic house with green shutters and wrought-iron balcony in Mobile, Alabama.

There is a small De Tonti Square Park but it is lovely to take a stroll admiring this revitalized neighborhood that is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

The styles of architecture you will see throughout the nine blocks of De Tonti Square District are Federal, Greek Revival, Victorian, and Italianate.

The side of a huge historic house painted in white, several skinny windows and iron stars between windows.

The tan colored Richards-Dar House Museum with white iron lace fence and balcony in De Tonti Historic District of Mobile.

One house you can visit on the weekends is the Richards-Dar House Museum. This house was built in 1860 in Italianate architectural style by Captain Charles G. Richards.

You will notice the decorative iron lace fencing on the exterior that you can’t miss!

While you are wandering De Tonti Square District hop into a really cool and cozy brewery, Iron Hand Brewing. I wasn’t expecting to see a brewery in this neighborhood but it was an awesome find!

The Iron Hand Brewery in De Tonti Square area of Mobile, Alabama.

I especially love their motto that says “If you don’t have a friend in the world… You’ll find one here”.

Richards-Dar House Museum Hours: Open Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Iron Hand Brewery Hours: Open Wednesday & Thursday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and closed on Monday & Tuesday.

14. Old Church Street Graveyard

I’m not sure what it is, but I love visiting old cemeteries wherever I go. Maybe it is the spooky vibes they have and in an odd way their beauty.

In 1820, the city of Mobile created the Church Street Graveyard to replace the original one located by the Cathedral.

The front gate entrance into Church Street Graveyard in Mobile, Alabama with its ornate wrought-iron sign.

The front gate with wrought iron adds to the historic feel and adds an elegant touch to the entrance.

Covering four acres, the cemetery has residents going back as far as 1819 (yes prior to the completion) with many losing their lives to Yellow Fever at the time.

Several people buried at Church Street Graveyard include the founders of Mobile. The most famous person buried here is Joe Cain.

Several old gravestones in a grassy Old Church Street Graveyard in Mobile.

Joe Cain (1832 – 1904) is known as a founder and father of Mardi Gras in the United States. It was his organization and planning that led to how Mardi Gras is celebrated in modern-day involving balls, parades, and elaborate costumes.

Two other notable people buried here are Eugen Walter and Julian Lee Rayford both of whom were authors.

It is said that Church Street Cemetery is the most haunted cemetery in Alabama. I visited during the day so I didn’t experience anything unusual but I’m sure if I had gone at night my experience might have been different…

15. Visit Nearby Dauphin Island

Yep, Alabama does have islands in the Gulf of Mexico! What is better than an island getaway that is super easy to get to?

If you have the time, spend a few days relaxing on Dauphin Island, where time slows down and there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy.

The sandy beach with an elevated wooden viewing hut to see the ocean on Dauphin Island off the coast of Alabama.

If you would rather stay in Mobile, Dauphin Island makes for an excellent day trip. From Mobile, the quickest way to get there is to drive across via the bridge taking 45 minutes.

If you happen to be coming from Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, or Fort Morgan then taking the ferry across would be the quickest. And yes, your car can go on the ferry too!

An adorable turquoise with purple door tiny beach house know as a bird house on Dauphin Island.

The top activities to do on Dauphin Island are lounging on the beach, going for a nature walk in a swampy forest preserve, visiting a fort, camping, and more.

For an in-depth list of what to do on Dauphin Island, read my post 15 Best Things To Do On Dauphin Island, Alabama!

16. History Museum of Mobile

The History Museum of Mobile is located right across from Mardi Gras Park and steps away from Fort Condé.

The museum building itself is both beautiful and historic as it used to be the Old City Hall. During the 1800s, this is where the mayor, city council, and militia units were located.

The beautiful white historic building that is now the History Museum of Mobile.

It also happened to house the Southern Market similar to what we know today as a Farmer’s Market.

Inside you can view over 100,000 artifacts that makeup Mobile’s history. With the goal of preserving that history and educating visitors of the unique heritage that makes Mobile special.

The permanent exhibits that you can explore at any time are the Faces of Mobile, CSS Alabama Cannon, The Mary Jane Slaton Inge Gallery, and the Aaron & Sarah Friedman Miniature Gallery.

A vertical view of the front entrance to the History Museum of Mobile with two palm trees against the white colored building.

Although always changing, the current exhibits are A History of Mobile in 22 Objects and The Vikings Begin.

Tip: Take a look at their calendar of events for fun and interesting experiences such as Free Sundays, Learning Lunch, and a Viking Mead Tasting. Will vary by month of course.

Note: If you are looking for a unique venue for that next event or wedding, consider having it at the History Museum of Mobile!

Hours: Open Monday – Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

17. See Some Gators!

If you have always wanted to see an alligator then you are in luck as there are two places close to Mobile where you can catch a glimpse of them!

The closest to downtown Mobile (10 mins) is the Gator Boardwalk which is a ½ mile boardwalk over D’Olive Creek. Even better is that it is free to walk!

An alligator laying in the grass at the edge of the water at Gator Boardwalk near Mobile.

You can not only spot gators hanging out but other wildlife such as birds, fish, turtles, and butterflies in their natural habitat. The optimal time to see an alligator is in the spring and fall months.

A little further out from Mobile in the town of Summerdale (30 mins) is Alligator Alley. It is about halfway between Mobile and Gulf Shores/ Orange Beach.

A zoomed in view of an alligator in the water at Gator Boardwalk near Mobile, Alabama.

Alligator Alley is an alligator swamp sanctuary where you can see a few hundred alligators relatively close.

There is a boardwalk and viewing platforms where you can safely from distance watch alligators of all sizes live, interact, and sunbathe in their natural environment.

All of these alligators have been rescued and are brought here to live in an environment where they won’t be harmed or do harm to humans.

Alligator Alley Hours: Open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Feeding times are at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 4:00 pm.

Gator Alley Boardwalk Hours: Open 24 hours.

18. Beach Fun At Orange Beach!

Before I spent time in Alabama, I had no clue that there are not only beaches in Alabama but absolutely stunning ones!

Imagine powdery white sand and the turquoise clear water of the Gulf of Mexico kissing the shoreline.

Blue and white beach chairs on the white sand beach of Orange Beach, Alabama and turquoise water of the ocean beyond.

I spent a week lounging on the beaches of Orange Beach and enjoying the long days of summer as I explored the area.

Orange Beach is a top beach destination to visit during any season and just a little bit over an hour from downtown Mobile.

Of course, the obvious main activity is to grab a beach lounger and chill on the beach enjoying the stunning views and warm waters.

Looking at the white sand beach, turquoise water and pier of Orange Beach from hotel room balcony.

But if you want to be more active, go for a bike ride, a walk, kayaking, fishing, or snorkeling to name a few! Plus, there is no shortage of mouthwatering seafood to satisfy your cravings…

Tips: If you are looking to venture to other great beach spots, check out Gulf Shores to the west and Pensacola (Florida) to the east.

To learn more about what to do in Orange Beach, explore 17 Fun Things To Do In Orange Beach!

19. Fort Morgan

Depending on which way you go, Fort Morgan is about 1.5 hrs from Mobile. The two ways to reach Fort Morgan are to take a ferry over from Dauphin Island or drive coming from the direction of Gulf Shores.

Fort Morgan sits at the end of a peninsula pointing out where Mobile Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico.

If you choose to take the ferry ride between Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan expect it to take about 40 minutes and enjoy the scenic ride!

View of the outer brick walls of Fort Morgan and green grass surrounding it in Alabama.

Fort Morgan is a large fort that was originally Fort Bowyer in the War of 1812. It was officially named Fort Morgan in 1833 after the Revolution War hero General Daniel Morgan.

Its location on Mobile Point served to protect Mobile Bay as a vital port in the South. Fort Morgan was used until the end of WWII and today it is declared an Alabama state historic park.

Take a self-tour as you wander around the huge protective walls, up on top of the battery offering ocean views, the gun mounts, and the tunnel within the fort.

Inside the inner brick wall of Fort Morgan with arched brick walkways and a cannon on the ground.

After you have explored Fort Morgan go for a walk out on the beach that lies along Mobile Bay and directly across from Dauphin Island.

Before you leave, stop in to visit the gift shop and museum that has more exhibits on the history of Fort Morgan and the role it played over the years.

Note: The ferry schedule varies by season and weather conditions, so check ahead on the ferry schedule to plan your trip. During peak summer days, ferries usually run every 45 minutes.

Hours: Open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors. Expect to spend about 1 – 2 hours here.

20. Start Your Day At Spot Of Tea

You might have already noticed Spot of Tea while on a stroll down Dauphin Street in downtown.

Spot of Tea is the classic place for breakfast or brunch when in Mobile with its circa 1836 building serving up traditional American options to British High Tea!

Street view of Spot of Tea a great breakfast place in downtown Mobile. Alabama.

Since 1994 when they opened their doors, Spot of Tea has welcomed locals and visitors to Mobile’s Flagship restaurant.

Their friendly motto is “everyone needs a Spot of Tea in their life” and how true that is!

I had the right start to my day with getting a hearty and filling breakfast of a waffle, scrambled eggs, and black coffee.

Another great dish is the Eggs Cathedral which has eggs, crab, and a creamy sauce over an English Muffin. Or if you crave something a little sweeter try the Bananas Foster French Toast!

A large waffle for breakfast at Spot of Tea restaurant on Dauphin Street.

From omelets, pancakes, and sandwiches you are bound to find something delicious to enjoy. Oh, and don’t forget to grab yourself a cuppa before you leave!

If the weather is nice, opt to sit outside on the sidewalk for the perfect spot to people watch and view Cathedral Square across the way.

Hours: Open Monday – Friday from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.

21. Indulge In Beignets

Did somebody say beignets? I never turn down a blissfully sweet beignet covered excessively with powder sugar…

I know what you might be thinking, aren’t beignets a New Orleans thing? Well, they are sort of a Mobile thing too!

I’ve had my fill of beignets in the Big Easy which makes the best beignets. But I was pleasantly surprised to try excellent beignets at Mo’Bay Beignets.

If you are looking for an afternoon pick-me-up or a post-dinner dessert, make a point to visit Mo’Bay Beignet Co.

You can get a bag of beignets to go or enjoy them in the adorable café with a cup of coffee or milk whichever you pair sweets with.

They make them fresh to order so it’s worth the wait. Choose from 3 or 12 and pick a sauce to add for extra.

I chose the traditional with no sauce and liked them so much I realized I never took a photo of them… Oops!

Hours: Open Monday – Thursday from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm, Friday from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm.

An art mural of the Mobile city skyline against a pale green background.

Bonus Mobile Attractions To Experience

If you run out of things to do in Mobile, I’ve added a few other activities to your list below. I did not get a chance to experience these myself but plan to on my next visit!

  • Mobile Botanical Gardens
  • Mobile Museum of Art
  • Meaher State Park

Best Places To Eat In Mobile

I already mentioned a few awesome places to eat in Mobile but here are a few more in case you work up an appetite…

  • Southern National – Open Thursday – Saturday
  • The Noble South – Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Dumwaiter (Southern) – Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Moe’s Original BBQ
  • Ruby Slipper Café (Breakfast & Brunch) – Open only on the weekends. I’ve been to the one in New Orleans.
  • Half Shell Oyster House – I’ve been to the location in Gulfport, MS and loved it!
  • Firehouse Wine Bar & Shop – Closed on Monday
  • Noja (Mediterranean & Asian) – Closed on Sunday and Monday

A charming building with bright red and black touches for the restaurant Dumbwaiter on Dauphin Street in Mobile.

FAQ On Visiting Mobile, Alabama

Is Mobile, Alabama Worth Visiting?

Yes! Mobile has that small-town feel mixed with an abundance of Southern charm. From delicious food, historic buildings, a fort, battleships, Mobile Bay, and home to Mardi Gras you will enjoy your time exploring Mobile.

When Is The Best Time Of Year To Visit Mobile?

Mobile is a city that you can visit any time of the year and have a great time. For the absolute best time of the year to visit Mobile, I would recommend the spring and fall months.

After that, the winter is pretty nice with mild temperatures (48 F – 68F) for winter and dreamy beaches not too far away.

The summers will be hot, humid, and see the most rain. That said I visited in June and had some rain but it came and went usually before I noticed.

Looking out from the Battle House Hotel to see the beautiful building of the Renaissance Mobile Hotel.

I was very surprised to learn that Mobile is the rainiest city in the United States! I had always assumed it would be Seattle and Portland but no…

Unlike the Northwest, the rain doesn’t tend to linger which is awesome as you can go about your day without it affecting you too much. But carry an umbrella or a rain jacket just in case.

What Is Mobile Best Known For?

Mobile is best known for being the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the United States. It is also the place to visit if you love Southern food, oysters, and beignets.

Or if you want to explore Mobile by water, take a boat or kayak tour on Alabama’s Delta!

Are There Nice Beaches In Mobile?

Not in Mobile but a short distance away there are gorgeous beaches that make for an ideal day trip. The closest beaches are 45 mins away on Dauphin Island or the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach a little over an hour away.

All of these beaches have white sand and warm turquoise water along the Gulf of Mexico…

Is Mobile Safe For Solo Travelers?

I traveled to Mobile as a female solo traveler and felt completely safe with no issues. As with any city, there is crime but from my experience, if you stay in the downtown area where it is the most populated then you are good.

I did notice that during the week the downtown area was much slower than on the weekends. So, if you feel more comfortable, time your travel around the weekends so that you won’t feel as alone.

I personally try to get back to my hotel or close to it around sunset in any city I visit when traveling solo.

Have a wonderful time exploring all the fun things to do in Mobile, Alabama!

A gorgeous white historic home with wrought-iron balcony and huge oak trees n front.

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18 Comments

  1. I’ve never been to Alabama but you’ve inspired me to add to my list. Mobile looks so charming and love the historical sites.

    1. I’m so glad! There is a lot of great places to visit in Alabama and Mobile is definitely one of them! 🙂

  2. I love the French colonial architecture although I think the biggest draw for Mobile is the seafood and cuisine. There is definitely a lot to do in this city.

    1. I agree, the architecture is so charming and you feel like you have stepped back in time. Since you love seafood, then Mobile is the place to visit! I ate seafood almost every meal. 🙂

    1. Yes, Mobile has a smaller and less crowded feel of New Orleans with a lot of history and great things to do! 🙂

  3. I have not spent any time in Alabama so it was fun to read more about Mobile. Even the name brings back such an image of the Deep South. And I must admit the refrain from “Sweet Home Alabama” went through my head. I love the different options there are for touring around Mobile. Getting on the water by kayak or private sailing would sure give us a different perspective on the city.

    1. Haha, yes the song does ring through one’s head when visiting Alabama. Yes, Mobile is a great city with history, great food, and its proximity to the water for kayaking and sailing! 🙂

  4. The buildings all look so pretty in the downtown and historic area, such detail to them. I’d really like to go see some of the street art around there too. And seeing an alligator or two would also be high on my list

    1. Mobile does have a little bit of everything and I agree, the charming downtown and street art make it a great weekend getaway. The gators are pretty cool to see too! 🙂

  5. Fabulous post as always Vanessa! I love the painted oyster shells, and exploring Mobile’s Delta By Kayak sounds incredible! Lastly, I am totally in love with the avenue of the oaks.

    1. Thanks Josy! Finding the different painted oysters is fun as each one has a different picture. Yes, the huge oak trees are so pretty to walk or drive through! 🙂

  6. Mobile looks like a fantastic place to spend a weekend – or longer. That food all sounds and looks so good as well, so I’d probably just go to eat all weekend!

    1. Mobile is a great place to spend a weekend and there are more than a few days worth of eating! The food and particularly the seafood is so so good… 🙂

  7. We loved the short day we had in Mobile! Your photos definitely makes me wish we had spent more time there than we did!

    1. Now you have a great reason to go back! It’s nice a city to spend time wandering taking in all the history and eating great food. 🙂

  8. The Battle House Renaissance looks real fancy, Vanessa. Your posts changed my views about Alabama. I never would’ve thought of it as a travel destination, but there are so many things to see.

    It’s so cool that Mardi Gras originated in Mobile. Dauphin Street does bear a lot of resemblance with Bourbon Street. I had heard of the USS Alabama before. The USS Drum would be fun to explore too.

    1. Thanks Stefan! I’m glad to not only introduce Alabama to you but inspire a visit one day! The Battle House is so nice plus all the history makes it a wonderful place to stay. I had no idea until I visited Mobile that Mardi Gras got its start here as I had always assumed New Orleans like most. Getting an up-close view of the USS Alabama and USS Drum was very cool and something I recommend seeing! 🙂

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