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A Day Trip to History in Mobile

A Day Trip to History in Mobile

It’s important to support our local attractions first, but sometimes, we need more. Once we’ve visited all the local sites for families and have run out of ideas, a day trip to a neighboring place can be just the ticket to keeping kids busy during the summer break.

One place to consider in Mobile. It’s just a short drive away for cost families and offers something new.

Situated along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Mobile is a unique place to plan a quick day trip that’s teeming with history. From colonial forts to carnival museums and battleships, there’s lots of fun awaiting you in Mobile. Here are just a few ideas to consider.

GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico

155 S Water St

Mobile, AL 36602

(251) 436-8901

The GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico is a life-sized replica of a container ship. With over 90 hands-on exhibits, theaters, simulators, and displays, GulfQuest offers visitors exciting ways to explore the Gulf of Mexico.  

U.S.S. Alabama

2703 Battleship Pkwy

Mobile, AL 36603

(251) 433-2703

One of the biggest attractions in Mobile, the U.S.S. Alabama was commissioned in 1942 and served about three years throughout World War II. In 1947 the battleship was decommissioned and put on reserve duty, and in 1962 was declared of no further use to the Navy. The U.S.S. Alabama ended up in Mobile as a National Historic Landmark and memorial to millions. Visitors can explore 12 decks, climb inside gun turrets and “get locked up” in the Brig. 

Mobile Carnival Museum

355 Government St

Mobile, AL 36602

(251) 432-3324

Two oversized and colorful jesters greet visitors to this museum rich in Mobile’s Mardi Gras history. Visitors can climb aboard a Mardi Gras float and view the beautiful crowns, scepters, and robes of Mardi Gras royalty.

Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

65 Government St

Mobile, AL 36602

(251) 208-6893

Voted number one among Alabama attractions, the Exploreum provides hands-on learning experiences. Children can choose between science exhibits featuring dinosaurs, the human body, and more. 

The Environmental Studies Center

6101 Girby Rd

Mobile, AL 36693

(251) 221-5000

The Environmental Studies Center features over 500 acres of woodlands and a 20-acre lake. The Center provides visitors with an opportunity to experience the natural environment with trails, animal exhibits, a butterfly garden, and a plant garden. Kids will enjoy the reptile exhibits and saltwater aquarium.

The History Museum of Mobile

11 South Royal Street

Mobile, AL 36602

(251) 208-7569

The History Museum of Mobile houses more than 111,000 relics related to Mobile’s history. Spend hours going through displays and exploring exhibits about ancient history, the Civil War, Mobile’s history, and a lot more. Admission also allows entrance to the Fort Condé just right across the museum.

Fort Conde Museum & Welcome Center

150 South Royal Street

Mobile, AL 36602

(251) 208-7989

Fort Conde was originally built by the French in 1723 to guard Mobile and its citizens. Today, the fort is a replica that is one-third the size of the original fort. It opened on July 4, 1976, as part of Mobile’s U.S. bicentennial celebration. History buffs will love the rooms of the fort, which are arranged and furnished as they would have been in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Children will love the fact that old cannons are pointed at modern skyscrapers of downtown Mobile.

Ashley Karcher lives in Ocean Springs with her husband and four children.

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