Take a Short Trip to Dauphin Island
Located just 40 miles south of Mobile, Dauphin Island is a whole another world from Mobile. it is a slow moving, easy going place to relax in the sun or fish. The wildlife is also stunning and there are literally thousands of birds who make Dauphin Island there home as they move north and south.
We were surprised to find that Dauphin Island contained no high rise hotels or condos unlike the Florida Gulf Coast.
The area has a number of attractions that will interest folks of all ages. The Dauphin Island Estauarium is a hands on museum that depicts the natural habitats around Mobile Bay. There are some great exhibits for kids with fishy creatures to touch and play with. Even if you don't pay the minimal admission fee you can walk around and see some of the outdoor exhibits.
Right across the street is Fort Gaines, one of the many forts on Mobile Bay. From on top of the fort there are some impressive views of Mobile Bay and the exhibits are fairly interesting.
Above all Dauphin Island is a great place to relax. We didn't spot a single traffic light in the entire town. The beaches have great white sand and were made for laying on and enjoying the sun.
The area is only about a fifty minute drive from Mobile. Take Highway 193 Alabama south and the signs will clearly direct you to Dauphin Island.
Bellingrath Gardens are an easy day trip from Mobile. I went with my parents when we lived in Pensacola. There is something in bloom all the time and they are quite lovely. We went at the wrong time of year to go on the River Cruise, and I opted out of the House tour because it was expensive and it was really what I consider a 'modern' house (built in 1935). Even the Gardens Only Package is $12.50 for Adults
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is open year-round from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Bellingrath Home -Guided tours begin at 9 a.m. with the last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m.
The Southern Belle River Cruise - River cruises depart Saturday and Sunday at Noon and 2pm until November 9, 2013. (Weather permitting)
v Value Package - Gardens, Home and Cruise
Adults: $28.50 Children: (Ages 5 - 12) $18.00
v Gardens and Bellingrath Home Package OR the Gardens and River Cruise Package
Adults: $20.50 Children: (Ages 5 - 12) $12.50
- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
- Museum Visits
An easy trip from Mobile is Dauphin Island and Fort Gaines. The fort is the opposite side of Mobile Bay from Fort Morgan.
Hours of Operation: Open year-round 9-5; group tour by appt.; June-Aug. 9-6
Fees: Children (Ages 5 -12) are $4.00 Adults (Ages 13+) are $6.00
The attendant gave us an excellent pamphlet which showed the history of the fort, a description of the "Damn the torpedoes - Full speed ahead" battle and a self guided tour with numbered locations and explanations.
We visited the Bakery and the Latrine (a ten seater flushed twice a day by the tide) the Bastion Magazine and then went to the Blacksmith Shop . Here there was a actual blacksmith making things our of iron and explaining the process as he went along. The things he produced were for sale.
We continued around the courtyard and visited the little museum (it had additional photos of the lighthouses), and the kitchen (photo 5) and quarters for the men. In the courtyard was the anchor from the U.S.S. Hartford which was Admiral Farragut's flagship
- Historical Travel
- Budget Travel
Styx River Tubing and Canoe...very very fun. It's cheap, close enough to Mobile/Gulf Shores...not expensive, relaxing...etc, etc.
You can get your friends together or go by yourself (you get separated from your friends, anyway, no one would ever know the difference!), rent a tube and even one for your cooler. Then all you do is relax and float down the river all day:) It's great!
- Water Sports
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
for those visiting alabama and want is go to the beach perdido beach is in my opinion the best gulf beach in the state. a visit to perdido key is a nice day trip when in the mobile area. to get to perdido key take I-10 east, then SR59 south in the direction of foley alabama. pass through foley south to gulf shores. from gulf shores go east past orange beach to perdido key. the drive from mobile takes about an hour and 15 minutes. for more information see my perdido key alabama and florida pages.
bellingrath garden is located near the town of theodor about 25 miles southwest of mobile. bellingraph is one of the finest azalea gardens in the united states. bellingrath gardens has flowers blooming year round but the best time to visit is in late march and early april when the azaleas and dogwoods are in full bloom. see my theodore alabama pages for more information. the gardens are located at 12401 bellingrath gardens road just off of US 90 near theodore.
- Historical Travel
blakeley state park
blakeley state park is located near the town of spanish fort about 15 miles east of mobile on I-10. blakeley was the site of the last major battle of the civil war. blakeley state park offers hiking and nature trails, camping, fishing, canoeing, and a tour boat on the tensaw river. blakeley state park is a very interesting place to visit in the mobile area. from mobile take I-10 east about 15 miles to spanish fort. the park is located about 5 miles north of spanish fort on SR 225.
- Historical Travel
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
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.
The Estuarium at Dauphin Island
The Sea Lab has an Estuarium down on Dauphin Island that's open to the public for a very reasonable price. I LOVE this place. Bobby is very familiar with the Mobile area and I wanted to take him to something that I didn't think he had been to but would REALLY enjoy. I was right! No matter how often I go, I love this place. It's not just any old aquarium but it's only things that can be found locally from the Delta to the gulf. Turtles, fish, alligators, eels, jellyfish...exhibits on birds and invasive plants as well. It's SO well set up and informative. Though I put it off the beaten path, it's much more a must see activity. Truly a wonderful place. When you first go in, there's a short video showing you the area and its importance as a natural and environmental resource. It seems at times, people from this area lose site of its importance and forget what a special, fragile and unique ecosystem they live in. To see more of the estuarium, check out my travelogue.
Take the DIP (Dauphin Island Parkway) to 193 into Dauphin Is. From the T intersection, take a left down to the SeaLab
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.
- Sailing and Boating
Historic Blakely State Park
This is the site of last major battle of the Civil War. It is an excellent preserved battlefield as well as a nice drive through the trees etc.
34745 State Hwy. 225, Spanish Fort, Alabama.
Just south of Mobile enroute to Pensacola, FL.
The Halloween stuff was also out at the time we visited so no doubt other festivities throughout the year are also supported there.
Open 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, M-F; 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Sat and Open Sundays from Oct to Dec. Free admission.
Christmas Town And Village
There is over 35,000 sq ft Christmas magic including the smells of Christmas. Lots of collectibles, gifts, and tree trim all.
There are expensive like Lladro and other collectibles by Hummels, Snow Village, Disney, and Boehm.
4213 Halls Mill Rd. Mobile, AL 36693. We had a little trouble trying to find it.
Directions: I-10, exit 17B. Turn right on Halls Mill Road. Or Take Government Rd from the city to Holcome Road which name turns into Halls Mill Road – its quite some distance down.
Daphne is located in Baldwin County on the eastern shoreline of Mobile Bay and just off I-10 and close to Pensacola Florida – best of both worlds. You can take tours through the wildlife refuges and wildflower bogs as well as the museums and historic districts.
Spring Hill College.This is...
Spring Hill College.
This is where I received my philosophy degree.
Stop in the library and Stewartfield, an attractive antebellum home at the end of the Avenue of the Oaks.
4000 Dauphin St.
Mobile, Alabama 36608
- Save up to 50% on hotels.
- Hotwire.com Hotwire: Get a 4-star hotel for a 2-star price.
- Save money, Book now!
- Booking.com Excellent choice, Low rates