Hi, there! Welcome to Mobile, the oldest city in Alabama. Mobile is home to so many iconic people and traditions. We are so excited to share every single one with you. Discover our Gulf Coast charm with this comprehensive guide tailored for first-time visitors. Even if this isn’t your first trip to the Port City, we hope you find something to enjoy in our beautiful city.


Where to Stay

When planning a trip, booking the most relaxing and comfortable hotel is one of the main priorities. Mobile has over 60 hotels and accommodations that match various tastes, preferences and budgets. For the history buffs, Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa, one of Mobile’s oldest hotels, would be a luxurious place to stay. With its purple and gold, French-inspired decor, the newly renovated Admiral Hotel is an ideal spot for those that love the eclectic and bold. There are dozens of hotels in various area near our most popular attractions. Regardless of your choice, you will be comfortable and well-rested enough to explore the city the next day.


Exploring the Historic Districts

Mobile is known for its rich history and eight beautiful historic districts. Take a stroll through the charming streets lined with historic homes and buildings, and immerse yourself in the stories of the past. Visit the Oakleigh Historic Complex, which showcases the city's history through its beautifully preserved buildings and gardens. Don't miss the opportunity to explore Lower Dauphin Street, where you can find a variety of shops, restaurants, and landmarks. Whether you're interested in architecture, history, or simply taking in the beauty of the past, exploring the historic districts of Mobile is a must-do for first-time visitors.


Savoring Local Cuisine

When in the Port City, be sure to indulge in the local cuisine that reflects the city's unique flavors and cultural heritage. Start your culinary adventure with a plate of mouthwatering seafood, such as Gulf shrimp, oysters, and crab. Head to Dauphin's, a renowned restaurant offering breathtaking views of the Mobile Bay and a menu featuring Southern coastal cuisine. Don't forget to try the famous seafood gumbo at Wintzell’s or the tortas de carnitas at Roosters! For a sweet treat, sample some pecan pralines at Three Georges Candy or A&M Peanut Shop. Savoring the local cuisine is an essential part of experiencing the true taste of Mobile.


Enjoying Outdoor Activities

With its stunning natural beauty, Mobile offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Explore the Mobile Bay by taking a scenic dinner cruise aboard the Perdido Queen or trying your hand at fishing. Visit the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, where you can learn about the region's unique ecosystem and enjoy exhibits. Take a walk or bike ride in one of Mobile’s 40 parks. If you're feeling adventurous, head to the Historic Blakeley State Park and enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding, or birdwatching. No matter what outdoor activity you choose, Mobile has something to offer for every nature lover.


Immerse Yourself in the Arts and Culture

Mobile, Alabama is a hub of arts and culture, with a vibrant arts and cultural scene. Visit the Mobile Museum of Art and Alabama Contemporary Art Center, which houses a diverse collection of artworks spanning different periods and styles. Explore the Mobile Carnival Museum, where you can learn about the city's rich Mardi Gras traditions and view colorful costumes and floats. Don't miss the opportunity to attend a performance at the Mobile Symphony Orchestra or the Saenger Theatre, both of which showcase talent and offer a range of cultural experiences. Immerse yourself in the arts and culture of Mobile to truly appreciate the city's creative spirit.


Day Trips and Excursions

While exploring Mobile, Alabama, consider taking day trips and excursions to nearby attractions. Visit the Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a stunning estate with beautiful gardens, historic architecture, and scenic river views. Take a short drive to Dauphin Island, a barrier island known for its pristine beaches and diverse wildlife. Explore the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, where you can tour a World War II battleship and see various aircraft and military artifacts. For nature enthusiasts, a visit to the Mobile-Tensaw Delta is a must, offering opportunities for boating, wildlife spotting, and hiking. Plan some day trips and excursions to make the most of your time in Mobile.