Historic Mobile is Absolutely Charming (and Why You Need to Vacation Here)

Historic Mobile, Alabama is a quirky, colorful, and historic destination just made for a long weekend getaway.

Explore Mobile Alabama

Ahhh, Mobile …

This three-hundred-year-old coastal port city has long attracted travelers from near and far with its stunning architecture, lush parks, gardens and squares, eight historic neighborhoods, and a bounty of both traditional and contemporary southern seafood on just about every corner. There are over 40 restaurants, bars, shops, and galleries in Mobile’s historic entertainment district and a great variety of accommodations—from the grandest of historic hotels to limited service brand names to quirky inns and B&B’s. Symphony, ballet, theatre, festivals, live music, street parties, art markets … Mobile is flush with activities most weekends—something is sure to fit your style. Whether driving through on the way to the beach or coming down for a weekend, here are a few ways we know you’ll be happy you stopped in Mobile.

For history and culture lovers

Visit the Mobile Carnival Museum
Mobile Carnival Museum

Begin your visit by taking an historic city tour by car, van, bus, 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, the Gulf Coast Exploreum and Science Center, and the Mobile Carnival Museum. Or, hop across the Mobile River to board an authentic World War II battleship, the USS ALABAMA, and lunch along the bay at one of several Causeway restaurants.

The great outdoors

Kayak or paddle beautiful Mobile Bay

Living and playing on the water is our way of life down here in Mobile, and after visiting, you will soon understand why. Just a few minutes from downtown, you can take an airboat ride, sightseeing cruise, or guided kayak/canoe tours. With so many options, it may be hard to decide how to spend a day in Mobile’s great outdoors. The area is home to the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, the largest river delta and wetland in Alabama and one of the largest in the country. In fact, there are not many places in the world that hold the eco-diversity of the bayous, bays, and beaches of Mobile.

Ready to start planning your trip to Mobile, Alabama? Head to Mobile.org for that signature Southern hospitality and all of your planning needs!