The Azalea Trail
You will see sign posts down certain roads within the city area which states the Azalea Trail. This is a 27-mile trail which exhibits the region's beautiful flowers. The trail dates back to the 1930s and is divided into two regions, one downtown and one residential. The time for planning your trip is around February-March. The downtown trail begins at Fort Conde for about twelve miles. The West Mobile trail begins at Spring Hill Avenue and I-65 for about fifteen miles.
The striking coast
The Alabama gulf coast is beautiful. There are so many people who don't even think of Alabama having good beaches but they are SO beautiful. The ones that aren't terrific for swimming are perfect for shorebirds and other marine or coastal wildlife. Some of it's protected and granted, there's definitely not as much as Florida or even Mississippi, but Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are wonderful recreation and family area. Fort Morgan is a terrific place for fishing and crabbing. Dauphin Island is local, not touristy and an excellent wildlife viewing area.
Walk through all kinds of beautiful gardens, filled with every flower imaginable! It's self-guided walking tour, where you will experience the Bayou Boardwalk, marvel at Mirror Lake, behold the Great Lawn, view the Asian-American Gardens, stroll through the Butterfly Garden, observe formal garden terraces and more!
You can also tour the Bellingrath Home, complete with its original furnishings and Mrs. Bellingrath’s extensive collection of decorative arts. Built in 1935, the 10,500 square foot home was designed by prominent architect, George B. Rogers.
Additionally, take a 45-minute cruise along the Fowl River aboard the Southern Belle. As you enjoy your relaxing cruise, learn about birding habits, ecological systems and civil war history of the area. The Southern Belle departs daily from Bellingrath Gardens and Home between March and November.
fort conde museum & visitor center
the fort conde museum and visitor center is a good first stop when in downtown mobile. here you can learn about this interesting fort and get information about the other attractions of mobile. admission is free.
the portier house was built in 1833 and was home to michael portier who was the bishop of mobile. portier lived in this house from 1834 to 1859. the portier home is listed on the national register of historic places. the portier house is one of a number of historic homes and buildings in downtown mobile.