Mobile began in 1702, when the French recognized its importance as a port city. The shipping industry has been the foundation of Mobile for over three hundred years. The city once served as the capital of the Colony of Louisiana, and spent time governed by both the British and Spanish. This coastal Alabama city saw a great deal of action during the Civil War.
Visitors will discover an historic port city that reflects its colorful past, through outlets such as architecture, food, and art. Enormous old oaks draped in spanish moss, tropical plants, beautiful blooming gardens, and unyielding southern charm provide an outstanding backdrop for a divine vacation experience. Visitors should not miss the opportunity to consume some of this city's most cherished cuisine... its seafood!
Mobile offers a number of fantastic festivals throughout the year. Perhaps the most well know is it Mardi Gras celebration, which began in 1703 (making it the oldest on the US.) It even hosts a family style Mardi Gras that children of all ages will enjoy. This colorful celebration lasts for almost two weeks, beginning in late February and culminating on Fat Tuesday (the day before Lent.) Party go-ers will enjoy marching bands, floats, and fantastic goodies thrown to the crowd. Another colossal event is the Annual Festival of Flowers, held in March. This five-day event displays magnificent life-size landscape gardens, and sophisticated floral displays. Those that enjoy flowers will be excited to know that Mobile is recognized as the azalea capitol of the world, and features a fun festival of flowers. The Azalea Trail Run and Festival of Flowers is held when azalea flowers are in prolific bloom (late March) and Mobile salutes ethnicity every September, with its exciting Greek Festival. Greek music fills the air, and authentic Greek dancers abound. Festival go-ers will fill up on delicious Greek delicacies, and have the opportunity to become involved in group dancing.
As if Mobile's many festivals weren't enough to keep one busy, the city also boasts many interesting places to visit. Museums thrive in Mobile. A few not to miss are the Mobile Medical Museum (displaying a huge collection of Civil War apothecary), the Mobile Museum of Art, and the Museum of Mobile. Historic homes and churches are plentiful and varied. The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, which sits on 12 landscaped aces, is perhaps the largest. This Greek-revival mansion has a remarkable resorted interior and features period furnishings. The Oakleigh Period House and Museum is another popular visit. This 1833 antebellum house is surrounded by a wonderful landscape, and features distinctive building material such as hand-hewn timber, and bricks made onsite. The Malbis Greek Orthodox Church is a stop not to be missed. This sophisticated church displays marble from the same quarries used to build the Parthenon, as well as elaborate paintings, a mural covered dome, and hand-carved figures.
Serving as the gateway to the Gulf Coast, Mobile is positioned to offer fantastic water recreation, including offshore fishing, boating, and tours. Those who enjoy golf should pack their clubs- as Mobile offers dozens of outstanding greens.
Some of the city felt the impact of hurricanes during the summer of 2006. Visitors are cautioned to contact attractions to determine their status.
Mobile is located in the very southern part of the state, 170 miles southwest of Montgomery, at the convergence of Interstates 10 and 65.