Have just a few hours to spend in Mobile? Let us help you get the most out of your visit!
The one-of-a-kind GulfQuest National Maritime Museum opened in the fall of 2015. GulfQuest is the first and only museum dedicated to the Gulf Coast's rich maritime traditions from its discovery in the 1500s to the present day and one of the only interactive maritime museums in the country. So before you drive along the Gulf, learn all about the Gulf. Stopping here as you travel will give you a better appreciation of the body of water that impacts so many of us throughout the country (and the world!)
History lovers: Take an historic city tour, starting at Fort Conde Welcome Center, 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 (they'll all ship your purchases home!) are located within blocks of each other downtown. Take a little bit of Mobile home with you. The Shoppes of Bel Air Mall 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 a more of what the entire area has to offer. The crown jewel of Mobile, Bellingrath Gardens and Home is about 45 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 Fort Conde 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.