10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Mobile
1 USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
The USS Alabama, docked here in Mobile, was launched in 1942 and decommissioned in 1947. The decks, turrets, mess, berth compartments, bridge, wardroom and captain's cabin of the USS Alabama are open for tours. The park also contains an impressive collection of aircraft and military equipment from the Vietnam, Korean, and Cold War Eras, including a Boeing B-52 bomber. The Battleship Memorial Park is dedicated to Alabama veterans who served from WW II to Operation Desert Storm.
2 Mardi Gras
Mobile is home of the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. The event is lively and full of color with a traditional parade watched by onlookers who fill up the balconies of surrounding homes and businesses. Storefront windows are decorated and beads can be found all over the city streets, balconies, and park trees for days after the actual event. Some of the city's premier social events include Mardi Gras masquerade balls. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.
3 Fort Conde and the Museum of Mobile
The original Fort Conde was built in 1702 of wood and relocated in 1711 due to flooding. In 1723 a new fort was constructed, built of brick, stone, earthen dirt walls, and cedar wood. The fort which stands at this historic site today is a smaller size replica of this 1720s fort. The structure, which houses the Museum of Mobile, underwent renovations beginning in 2010 to do repairs, improve the safety, and upgrade exhibit space.
4 Mobile Historic Districts
Visitors can gain a sense of Mobile's history by walking through the city's historic districts. Each area has its own unique character and architectural differences. Self guided driving or walking tours are the easiest way to see the sites.
5 Mobile Museum of Art
The Mobile Museum of Art is located in Langan Park. This large facility displays thousands of items which spans a period of 2,000 years. The permanent collection features decorative arts, African art, contemporary crafts and American art. Temporary exhibits complement the permanent collection with an ever changing program.
6 Oakleigh Period Museum House
the Oakleigh Historic Complex consists of three homes. Oakleigh, a Greek Revival mansion, was built in 1833 for James Roper, a prominent merchant. The house has been restored and furnished with antiques of the early Victorian, Empire and Regency periods. Next to the mansion is the Cox-Deasey House, a raised Creole cottage typical of Mobile's middle-class city dwellers in the 1850s. Built by a brick mason for his wife and 11 children, the displays cover the period up to and including WW II. The third home is Cook's House, built in 1850 as the slaves quarters. This three-room structure highlights everyday life for craftsmen, laborers and domestic servants. Interaction between the owners and servants is explained, along with the effect of urban slavery on this commercial city.
7 Mobile Bay
Mobile Bay has a number of lovely beaches, small towns, and historic sites to explore. Among the highlights are Dauphin Island, an important bird sanctuary area, and Fort Gaines Historic Site.
8 Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is home to interactive science exhibits and an IMAX theater aimed at entertaining and educating young minds. There are a number of permanent displays which focus on physiology, biology, as well as a fun learning area for children up to five years of age. The IMAX theater shows science-based films daily.
9 Bragg-Mitchell Mansion
The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is a combination of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture. The structure, built in 1855, is considered one of Mobile's finest antebellum mansions. During its heyday the home was the center of a lively social life in the thriving port of Mobile. The interior displays antiques and draperies, although only a few original items remain. Touring the home offers a glimpse of life in the Old South.
10 Condé-Charlotte Museum House
The Condé-Charlotte Museum House was built in the 1840's to serve as the City's first official jail. Each room is furnished to reflect a period and a nationality including French Empire, 18th C English, American Federal, and the Confederate room. A walled Spanish garden, designed in an 18th C plan, complements the house.