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The downtown waterfront of Mobile, Alabama and the GulfQuest Maritime Museum (hours and days of operation vary so be sure to call at 251-436-8901) are full of rich history, culture and economic importance to the region. This bustling port welcomes ships from all over the world along with tug boats and barges that roam the many rivers of North America. See them all up close from a USCG Certified passenger vessel with Wild Native Tours. The city skyline, maritime museum, Austal shipyards, cruise terminal and cruise ship are also seen on this tour. Courteous and knowledgeable guides will educate and entertain as you cruise these local waters. The Fort at Colonial Mobile recently opened and you can spend some time seeing how life was lived here in Mobile in the past under different flags. There are also two historic districts within walking distance of the cruise terminal - DeTonti Square and Church Street East. A leisurely stroll through these beautiful neighborhoods will showcase exquisite architecture, grand homes, colorful cottages and quaint bungalows nestled under ancient live oaks.
History lovers: Take an historic city tour, starting at Visit Mobile Welcome Center located in the History Museum of Mobile, by car, van, trolley or duck boat. These usually last an hour to an hour and a half, which leaves plenty of time to explore historic downtown Mobile on foot, including the History Museum of Mobile and the Mobile Carnival Museum. Or hop across the Mobile River to board an authentic World War II battleship, the USS ALABAMA and dine at one of many bayfront restaurants.
Shopaholics: Several new locally owned clothing boutiques, gift shops, vintage and antique stores and art galleries (ask if they'll ship your purchases home!) are located within blocks of each other downtown. Take a little bit of Mobile home with you. The Shoppes at Bel Air is getting a makeover, too, so you may want to pop in there to see what's new!!
Family Fun: The Gulf Coast Exploreum offers rotating exhibits and permanent activities designed to bring the scientist out in all of us. You'll notice an Oyster statue out in front of the Exploreum, which is a great starting point to walk The Oyster Trail throughout downtown Mobile (how many can you visit?).
Outdoor enthusiasts: With a little more time on your hands, you can explore more of what the entire area has to offer. The crown jewel of Mobile, Bellingrath Gardens and Home is about 30 minutes west of downtown Mobile - plan to wander amongst the blooms for a few hours. Or, head east, just a few minutes from downtown and take an airboat ride, sightseeing cruise or guided kayak/canoe tours of the Mobile/Tensaw Delta. There are also parks, boat launches and hiking, biking and paddling trails throughout the entire county.
History and culture lovers: There are several historic homes in or near downtown, each offering guided tours. Pick up a Historic Homes brochure at the Visit Mobile Welcome Center and plan to visit all five during your time here in Mobile. Then, hit the Mobile Museum Trail, visiting some of the above downtown museums but also plan to stop by thd Mobile Museum of Art (the largest art museum on the Gulf Coast), the Mobile Medical Museum and the Archaeology Museum at the University of South Alabama.