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Things to Do in Mobile, Alabama

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Museums

Mobile Museum of Art 

  • Price 
    • Adults: $12 
    • Seniors: $10 
    • Active Military and students: $8 
    • Children under 6: Free 
  • Location: 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile, AL 36608 
  • Phone: (251) 208-5200 
  • Hours: 
    • Tuesday and Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm 
    • Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm  
    • Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm  
  • Website: http://www.mobilemuseumofart.com/  

The Mobile Museum of Art is the only accredited art museum in southern Alabama. Founded in 1963, it has expanded over the years to include 10,000 works of art ranging from Native American pottery to American 18th century painting. The museum’s Asian art collection can be contributed to Ernest Fenollosa who lived near the museum in the early 20th century and helped spark American interest in Chinese and Japanese art. This museum would delight admirers of any type of art.  
 

Battleship Memorial Park 

  • Price: 
    • Adults: $15 
    • Children age 6-11: $6 
    • Active Duty Military: $5 
    • Seniors: $13 
    • Parking fee: $4 
  • Location: 2703 Battleship Parkway, Mobile, AL 36602 
  • Phone: 251-433-2703 
  • Hours:  
    • April- September: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm 
    • October – March: 8:00 am t- 5:00 pm  
  • Website: https://www.ussalabama.com/  

On January 9, 1965, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park opened to the public for the first time. The park was the culmination of a three-year long battle to save the WWII battleship from becoming scrap metal and to memorialize the 2,500 crewmen who worked on the ship. In addition to the USS Alabama, visitors can see the 1941-built USS Drum, which is the oldest American submarine on display, and other military vehicles like helicopters and tanks.  

 

History Museum of Mobile 

  • Price 
    • Adults: $10 
    • Seniors: $9 
    • Active/Retired Military: $9 
    • Children 13-18: $7.50 
    • Children 6-12: $5 
    • Children 5 and under: Free 
  • Location 111 South Royal Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602 
  • Phone: 251-208-7569 
  • Hours: 
    • Monday to Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm 
    • Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm 
  • Website: http://www.historymuseumofmobile.com/  

The old 19th-century Italianate city hall and marketplace currently houses the History Museum of Mobile. The museum’s permanent collections include one of the cannons aboard the CSS Alabama, which was a Confederate commerce raider ship, and a collection of miniature house models of local Mobilian mansions. The temporary exhibit changes regularly and the museum is centrally located downtown.  

 

Oakleigh House Museum  

  • Price 
    • Adult: $10 
    • Children under 5: Free 
  • Location: 350 Oakleigh Place, Mobile, Alabama 36604 
  • Phone: 251-432-1281 
  • Hours: 
    • Friday, Saturday, and Monday: 10 am – 4 pm 
    • Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm 
    • Tour begins on the hour 
  • Website: https://www.historicoakleigh.com/  

Preserved to look like how it was built in 1833, the Oakleigh House Museum shows visitors how cotton was produced in the 19th century. In addition, visitors can see the daily lives of prosperous planters. On site are Union barracks that highlight the story of the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Emancipation. Every hour, there is a docent led tour of the house and grounds. 

 

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion 

  • Price: 
    • Adults: $10 
    • Children 3-12: $5 
    • AAA: $9.50 
  • Location: 1906 Spring Hill Ave, Mobile, Alabama, 36607 
  • Phone: 251-471-6364 
  • Hours: 
    • Tuesday to Friday: 10 am - 3 pm (tours on the hour)
  • Website: https://braggmitchellmansion.com/ 

Built in 1855, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion was designed in the Haute fashion of the 19th century. In the museum, visitors can see what the daily lives of southern planters looked like before the Civil War. There is docent led tours of the house and grounds every hour.  

 


Historic Sites 

Fort Morgan 

  • Price 
    • Adults: $8 
    • Senior $5 
  • Location: 51 State Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores, Alabama 36542 (1h30 min drive from Downtown Mobile) 
  • Hours: 
    • Monday to Sunday: 9 am to 4:30 pm  
  • Website: http://www.fort-morgan.org  

Construction of Fort Morgan started in 1819, was completed in 1834, and named after the Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan. During the Civil War, it was used by the by the Confederate Army. It was attacked in August of 1864 and subsequently surrendered to the Union. Today, visitors can walk the grounds and learn about American Naval history and the Civil War. It is an hour and a half drive from downtown Mobile, Alabama.  

 

Fort Gaines 

  • Price: 
    • Adults: $8 
    • Children 5-12: $4 
  • Location: 51 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528 (45 min drive from Downtown Mobile) 
  • Phone: 251-861-6992 
  • Hours: Everyday 9 am to 5 pm 
  • Website: https://dauphinisland.org/fort-gaines/  

Across the Mobile Bay from Fort Morgan is Fort Gaines. This fort was built in 1821 and named for Edmund P. Gaines, a Major General who was a veteran of the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War. Like Fort Morgan, this fort was used by the Confederates until August of 1864. On display is an anchor from the USS Hartford, which was the ship that Admiral David Farragut uttered his famous quote “Damn the torpedoes –full speed ahead!” On site, visitors can also see a museum about American Naval history and the early French influence on Alabama in the 17th century. It is a 45-minute drive from Mobile, Alabama. 

 


Other Sites 

Saenger Theatre  

The Saenger Theatre opened on January 19, 1927 by the Saenger brothers, Julian and Abraham (Abel) Saenger. In 1911, these brothers founded “Saenger Amusement Company” and began opening movie theaters around the United States. By the time the brothers sold their company in 1929, they owned more than 300 movie theaters. The theater in Mobile was an entertainment hub until the early 1970s when high maintenance costs and decreased visitors forced the theater to close. Before demolition, University of South Alabama bought the site and reopened it. Center for the Living Arts Inc. bought the site in 1999 and is showcasing the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, music groups, movies, lectures, and special events in the great hall. This theater is a great site to look at 20s architecture and to watch performing arts.   

 

Blakeley State Park  

Located 20 mins outside downtown Mobile, is the 2,000-acre Historic Blakeley State Park. This park was founded in 1976 as a private not-for-profit foundation by Mary Grice and eventually became a state park in 1981. It currently runs on solely private contributions. This park is part of the Civil War Discovery Trail. Visitors can visit the remnants of the Battle of Fort Blakeley and confederate breastwork. The site also has extensive hiking trails and information signs about the previous town of Blakeley and an old Native American village that were on the site.   

 

Mobile Botanical Gardens  

  • Price: Adult: $5 
  • Location: 5151 Museum Drive, Mobile, Alabama 36608 
  • Phone: 251-342-0555 
  • Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 9 am to 4 pm 
  • Website: http://www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org  

Founded in 1974, the Mobile Botanical Gardens showcase the beauty of Alabama’s flora. The Gardens boast about having 1,000 evergreen and native azaleas in their Rhododendron Garden and acres of a Longleaf Pine Habitat, the original habitat that dominated the American south. Visitors can walk along the garden paths and be surrounded by nature.  

 


Restaurants  

Squid Ink Eclectic Eats and Drinks 

  • Website: https://squidinkeats.com/ 

  • Price: $ 

  • Type: American Restaurant 

  • Location: 102 Dauphin St, Mobile, Alabama, 36602 

Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que 

Spot of Tea  

Five Mobile