Home to more than 191,000 people, Mobile, Alabama is the third most populous city in the state. Mobile has the only salt water port in all of Alabama.
Mobile is one of the cultural centers of the Gulf Coast area, with its collection of art museums, an opera group, a symphony orchestra and a ballet troupe. More than these, however, Mobile has a lot of noteworthy architecture.
What all these means is that you would need a bus rental in Mobile to see all the sites and attractions that the city has to offer.
Mobile is the first capital of the Louisiana Territory and was under French, British and Spanish rule until it was annexed by West Florida in the 1810s. Mobile is considered to be the birthplace of the Mardi Gras. Mobile is outstandingly beautiful, and the museums and the seafood continues to draw in the crowds and impresses tourists in the area.
Being the birthplace of Mardi Gras, Mobile has its own Carnival Museum where you could get on a float, get hands on with interactive displays, as well as see costumes, robes sceptors and crowns used in the very first Mardi Gras celebrations.
Then there is the Mobile Museum of Art, which is a beautiful art museum located in Langan Park. The museum has more pieces that represent more than 2,000 year of history and is the biggest art museum in the Gulf Coast. Apart from these museums, there are also some notable art galleries in Artology Gallery, Cathedral Square Gallery, Eastern Shore Art Center, Robertson Gallery, and Victorian Teal Art Gallery.
Lastly, if you are a patron of the arts, you would surely love to catch a performance at the Saenger Theatre, which serves as the home of the Summer Movie Series, Mobile Symphony Orchestra, the Saenger Series, Alabama Lyric Theatre. There is always a concert, a lecture, or any type of special event happening here.
Shopping destinations abound in Mobile, with Bel Air Mall, Downtown Fairhope, Eastern Shore Centre, Holiday Place, Legacy Village, and other shopping districts and centers. You can also have your fill of books, antiques, and unique items from specialty shops and the flea markets.
When it comes to food, variety is the name of the game here. From barbecues, coffee, family dining, casual fine dining, pizza, to Asian, Italian and Thai fare, you could find a restaurant specializing in it! If you cannot make up your mind, a trip to Wintzell's, True Midtown Kitchen, Dew Drop Inn, or The Brick Pit will be a good idea.
As for golf courses, there is the Magnolia Grove, which is one of the stops on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and where the Nike Tour Championship was held in 1998 and the LPGA Tournament of Champions were held from 1999 to 2003.
If, for some reason, you want a different golf course, there are other courses in the city that can give you a challenging game. Some examples are Azalea City Golf Course, Silver King Golf Club, Timbercreek Golf Club and Rock Creek Golf Club.
If you are a baseball fan, then go to the Hank Aaron Stadium where you could see the Hall of Fame Circle featuring the greatest players who were born in Mobile, including Aaron, Satchel Paige, Ozzie Smith, and Billy Williams.
Lastly, the Mobile Tennis Center has 60 courts for you to play on.
See the USS Alabama the battleship that won a total of nine battles during the second World War. You could also see more than two dozen military aircraft, ships and an assortment of weapons here.
You should also visit the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, possibly the most photographed building in the city. The mansion has 20 rooms and can help give you an idea of how the rich in the 1800s lived life.
The History Museum of Mobile, on the other hand, offers you interactive, educational and entertaining exhibits on the history of Mobile, while the Richards DAR House Museum is an example of the city's beautiful architecture. The DAR House features an Italianate style complete with a walled-in garden, Carrara marble mantles, and Cornelius chandeliers. Other sites for historic architecture lovers includes Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis Street Missionary Baptist Church, Barton Academy, Bishop Portier House, Washington Firehouse No. 5, Shepard House, and the United States Marine Hospital.
People from all over Alabama troop to the beautiful 65-acre Bellingrath Gardens and Home where you are treated to a garden filled with beautiful flowers and you can go on a river cruise. If you visit during the holidays, you would really fall in love with the Magic Christmas in Lights display.
Another botanical garden on this list is the Mobile Botanical Gardens, which features both man-made and natural areas where you could find more than 300 different species of azaleas, 400 species of camellia, as well as a variety of roses, maples, ferns and roses.
Aside from these botanical gardens, Mobile has a variety of agri-tourism, canoe and kayak, ecotourism, fishing, sailing facilities and attractions.
If you like science, you should not miss the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center and IMAX Dome Theater where you could watch IMAX movies and enjoy the exhibits.