Alabama Week: Get Mobile to Mobile!

16 07 2009

If you’re looking for another destination on your Alabama journey, look no further than Mobile! We’ve already established that it’s a great place to road trip too. Located about 4 hours south of Birmingham, this exciting town is full of history, and present joys.

For a little bit of history, Mobile began as a capital of colonial French Louisiana in the early 1700s. In 1813, Mobile was included in the Mississippi Territory, and the population was low. It became a part of the United States in 1813, but then moved to the Alabama Territory when Alabama was granted statehood in 1817. Population boomed from here.

Located along the Gulf Coast, Mobile is the state’s only seaport in Alabama. But history isn’t its only point of interest. Mobile is known for having the oldest Carnival celebration in the United States, dating to the 1700s of its early colonial period. These celebrations start as early as November with parades and other festivities, but really get started as Mardi Gras gets into swing near January and of course February. There are masquerade balls, but get there before the stroke of midnight. With a heavy Catholic population, as soon as Ash Wednesday begins, Lent puts an end to all the society and spectators.

Unfortunately, many of you will remember the damage done to this gem of a city by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Katrina, but it’s bounced back and is better than ever. There is everything from go karts and bungee jumping and baseball for the kids to historic homes, churches, and cemeteries gardens for the adults to of course, the beach! For those golfers out there, Magnolia Grove is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, so take in a round.

Below is a long, but certainly not exhaustive list of so much to do in Mobile.

Of course, being a Navy supporter, my favorite attraction is the USS Alabama. Make sure to visit this retired Naval ship, where you can enter rooms holding missiles, medical equipment, berthing (beds), and all kinds of interesting historical treats. This is a must, especially if you have boys in your family, or any history buffs.

Mobile, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Also nearby is Florida’s Pensacola, which holds some beautiful beaches itself (the picture above is actually from a trip to a Pensacola beach, but hey, it’s all the same coast, right?).

Wherever your destination, get thee this summer to the beach somewhere, and our suggestion is the activity packed Mobile.

Any Mobilians out there?

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7 03 2011
Southern Islands Week: Dauphin Island « Sweet Iced Tea

[…] Island is a beautiful island, located in the Gulf of Mexico, in Mobile, Alabama. This tiny island has a historic Civil War fort, a pier, restaurants, beaches, fishing […]

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