If you like Southern hospitality, Mobile, Ala., might be the place for you to visit — or even consider calling home.
The city has distinctive museums, antebellum mansions, Civil War sites, towering canopies of majestic moss-draped oaks that line the architectural districts, and the city’s fascinating eight National Register Historic Districts. Gently mingling into the landscape are attractions like Mobile’s River Delta, which offers lovely flora and fauna.
Mobile's Historic Districts
Dauphin Street is a step back in time, with many of the storefronts restored to illustrate the city’s historic architecture. Neon lights now mark this “Little Bourbon Street” of Mobile, with one-of-a-kind shops, various restaurants, and a lively nightclub scene.
Oakleigh Garden was developed after the Civil War. The Oakleigh Historic Complex has three historic home museums on one site. The Oakleigh House Museum, circa 1833, is the city’s official antebellum period house museum, with a collection of art, furniture, silver, jewelry, and china.
Leinkauf Historic District, currently undergoing revitalization, offers graceful small buildings and elegant grand homes. Old Dauphin Way, Mobile’s largest historic district, was developed as early as the 1820s. Known for its collection of fine bungalows, the district is known as one of the most interesting in the city. Ashland Place was constructed on the grounds of the former home of noted 19th century novelist Augusta Evans Wilson. Midtown visually acts as something of a timeline; On the eastern edge of the district are Queen Anne and Classic Revival styles, but to the west, later building styles such as bungalows and various revival styles predominate.
Church Street East is the most picturesque and diverse district in the city. From mansions to Victorians, the neighborhood structures reflect Mobile’s rich past. De Tonti Square is the oldest surviving residential neighborhood in Mobile.
Fort Conde Museum and Welcome Center is a replica of the original 18th century French brick fort built to guard the city. In addition to the museum and photo gallery, exhibit rooms depict various aspects of fort life. Costumed guides lead tours, fire muskets and cannons, and take you back to Mobile’s beginning.
Museum of Mobile is located in a historic building constructed in 1857. Once an open-air market and old City Hall, it’s now a National Historic Landmark housing more than 100,000 artifacts that show the progression of the city’s past. The museum also houses the royal robes of Mardi Gras Queens dating to 1928.
Mobile's Anchor Attractions
Mardi Gras is a huge source of pride for Mobilians, and the city holds the reigning title as the “Birthplace of the Family Mardi Gras in the New World.” During Carnival Season, more than 35 parades line Mobile’s downtown streets with brilliantly colored paper mâché floats and marching bands.
The Bellingrath Gardens and Home, also known as “The Charm Spot of the Deep South,” is nestled among the oaks, Spanish moss, and the scenic Fowl River, encompassing 65 acres of year-round floral pageantry and exquisite landscaped gardens.
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