Gulf Coast Exploreum
Visit the Gulf Coast Exploreum in Mobile. It is a regional science center with interactive exhibits (like the International Space Station that you can walk through) and big screen films.
Other exhibits in the Hands On Hall include the following topics: Force and Motion, Energy, Diversity of Life, Water, Scientific Reasoning and Inquiry, and Technology.
The Exploreum is located at 65 Government Street, directly across from the Mobile Convention Center and the Adams Mark Hotel.
Jubilee!! (and that means a LOT of free seafood)
For some reason (well actually, it is believed to be caused by low oxygen levels in the water on warm nights), groups of sealife will decide to beach themselves in the eastern Mobile Bay area. This is what is called a "Jubilee". Locals will go out and collect as much of the free food as they can in any container they can. You never know when it might happen, but you would probably know if it had happened. Once it starts and someone finds out, the word gets around and whole neighborhoods end up staying up for a good portion of the night catching whatever it is they have found. Crabs, shrimp, and flounder are just a few of the things you might be able to grab in a Jubilee.
For local catfish...
These 2 places are completely different only in that they cater to 2 completely different neighborhoods. I've been to Cock of the Walk a few times and only eaten what other people have picked up from Gone Fishin. Both have good Catfish--the Gone Fishin restaurant is more of a fast food kind of thing and Cock of the Walk is a sit down, get served place--a little more upscale and family oriented. In Mobile, you should get the catfish, though--it's another very local dish:)) At Cock of the Walk they also have fried dill pickles--again, something I NEVER had until moving to Mobile, but they are really good. Of course, there's friend okra and greens there as well. At both places and throughout Mobile, you'll find foods that you never thought about frying are offered on menus. I also really like the mexican cornbread at Cock of the Walk--after living in Mobile, I definitely prefer jalapeno cornbread (but if you ask anyone who knows me, I seize all opportunities to add jalepenos to anything). Gone Fishin, like I said is more of a fast food place, but you can get hush puppies and greens--things are in baskets, I believe. Again, I only ate what someone brought me from there, so don't quote me on that.
The directions and prices below apply for Cock of the Walk...here's the information for Gone Fishin
Spinghill Avenue. Take I-65 to exit 5A heading east toward downtown. It will be on the left hand side. Prices are less than $10 per person.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is a spectacular display of flowers that your eyes and nose will never forget. If you like flowers and the beauty of nature, then here is the place for you. See the dazzling display of 250,000 Azaleas in blossom in Spring or the Mums silhouetting Mirror Lake in the Autumn. Located on 65 acres of land within a 905 acre semi-tropical rain forest, you will find all the plant life you could ever want to see.
See the travelogue for more tantalizing delights!!
This is a great science discovery museum for kids of all ages. Our kids loved it so much, we had to almost drag them out so we could go to Fort Conde'. You can spend most of the day here. It is also nice and cool inside. There is also an IMAX 3-D theatre next door. If you have never been to an IMAX show, then you need to see one. It is amazing what can be done with film technology now.