Mobile, Alabama

This coastal city on the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile River boasts a lively waterfront and beaches on Dauphin Island. Kayaks, canoes, airboats, fishing tours, and dinner cruises on the river are all ways to enjoy Mobile’s waterways. Along with fresh seafood, Mobile’s cuisine blends Southern, French, Spanish, and Creole flavors. From May 4-6, the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place nearby, with tethered rides, entertainment, and art displays. Mobile embraces its history and culture, and visitors can learn along the Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage Trail as well as by visiting the History Museum of Mobile which is curating an exhibition about the Clotilda at the Africatown Heritage House. The Mobile Carnival Museum reminds visitors that Mobile was the birthplace of Mardi Gras celebrations. Stay at The Admiral Hotel, conveniently located near the convention center and entertainment district.


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