Mobile, originally the capital of the Louisiana Territory, held sway over an area that stretched from West Florida to Texas. Few cities boast such rich history. Remember when you talk to the locals the city's name is "Mo-beel" given the soft emphasis on the second syllable by its French founders. Having lived under six flags, culture, "cul-cha," as they call it here, is a rich conglomeration of influences.
The city's main attraction is Bellingrath Gardens, one of the top public gardens in the United States. Fort Conde is also a must see. Other than that, just marvel at the sheer beauty of this place.
One of the major attraction of Mobile is the food! Try the goodies of Tiny Diny, Pollman's Bake Shop Brownies, or Bailey's Restaurant. Treat yourself to the real deal barbeque at The Brick Pit and Creole soul food at Mary's Place. Wintzell's Oyster House has been serving them "fried, stewed or nude" since 1928. In between all that eating, travel out to Dauphin Island where you can consider a boat trip out into the ocean.
Home to the original Mardi Gras since 1703, this colourful festival is still celebrated every year in Mobile two weeks before Lent. The Carnival Museum tells a fascinating story of the festival and it's history.
With plenty of time still to explore, set about discovering 'Fort Conde' – a fascinating reconstruction of the city's 1724 French Fort, built to mark the nations bicentennial in 1976. Also take a tour of the nearby WWII battleship The USS Alabama and visit the not to be missed Museum of Mobile.
Mobile also offers various half and full day boat rips and cruises that will have you on the open water , from where you can take enjoy the different varieties of wild life that are to be found in the area. Hundreds of species of birds, fish, alligators and even the occasional bear and bald eagle can be seen in these waters so make sure you take a camera!
For a slightly quieter day Garden enthusiasts will undoubtedly enjoy the colourful 65 acre Bellingrath Gardens, that boast a quarter of a million azaleas situated just 20 miles south of the city.
Finally, not forgetting after the sun has gone down – like most of Alabama's bigger towns Mobile has a fantastic music scene with the city's 'Lo Da' Entertainment District offering over 20 different establishments with live music on different nights of the week.