A 20-acre cypress swamp turned wildlife preserve, this amazing site is home to dozens of alligators (including the world record holding 800 pound, over 13-foot long Captain Crunch). Visitors to Alligator Alley may also observe, owls, otters, and ospreys during their stay.
19950 Highway 71 in Summerdale, AL; 251-946-2483
Bellingrath Home nad Gardens
Set on a 65-acre estate on the banks of the Isle aux Oies River in Theodore, just southwest of Mobile proper, these majestic gardens and the palatial estate house offer visitors the opportunity to experience year-round natural beauty in the gardens and on the river. The estate encompasses, a Bayou Boardwalk, a lake, the Great Lawn, the Asian-American Gardens, the 2004 Top Public Rose Garden in the United States, a Butterfly Garden, and formal garden terraces. Visitors should also leave time during their visit to tour the Bellingrath home, and explore the river as part of the Southern Belle River Cruise.
12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd.; Theodore, AL ; 800-247-8420
A delightful little vest pocket park tucked away downtown just off Dauphin Street. With its shady live oaks and benches, this park is the ideal spot to escape the heat, take a load off and relax from the rigors of watching parades and visiting Mobile’s landmark attractions.
Off Dauphin St. between St. Joseph St. and N. Conception St.
About an hour south of Mobile a three-mile long bridge leads across Mobile Bay out into the Gulf of Mexico to Dauphin Island, a popular beach destination for Mobilians and short-term visitors alike. in warmer weather the beach is the most popular draw, but other attractions on the island include, boat launches, Fort Gaines, the Audubon Bird Sanctuary (with trails and boardwalks), and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.
Located at the Mouth of Mobile Bay
Conveniently located downtown, Fort Conde is a reconstruction of a 1700’s era French Fort. Admission is free, but requires a reservation. Costumed guides lead tours of the fort, which last roughly an hour. Guides and historical reenactors also provide demonstrations of musket and canon firing.
150 South Royal St.; 251-208-7304
Mobile Carnival Museum
For a soup to nuts look at the history of Mardi Gras, it’s hard to go wrong with this quirky museum, housed in a charming old southern home two blocks south of Cathedral Square and Dauphin Street. The museum’s exhibits include gowns, masks, and costumes worn by Carnival Kings and Queens past, as well as floats, posters, and all manner of Mardi Gras goodies.
355 Government St.; 251-432-3324
USS Alabama and the USS Drum
This larger than life exhibit on the shores of Mobile Bay offers visitors the chance to stroll the decks of a decommissioned U.S. Navy battleship, staring wide-eyed up at the towering main guns, or squeeze through the claustrophobic confines of a retired U.S. Navy submarine. Additionally, there are 20 rare historic aircraft on display on the grounds around the USS Alabama and USS Drum.
2703 Battleship Parkway; (800) 426-4929
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