Nestled along Alabama's Gulf Coast, Mobile is a great place to plan a day trip. It's a lively city that's bursting with history. From colonial forts to botanical gardens and battleships, there's not much that you can't find in Mobile.
Seeing the sights in the Azalea City is easy when you stay at Sun Outdoors Orange Beach, located just 50 miles southeast in Orange Beach. During your day trip, make sure you check out the following 10 activities in Alabama's Gulf Coast city.
Nestled next to the Mobile River, the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico is a life-sized replica of a container ship. Numerous exhibits and simulators detail the heritage of Mobile's maritime history. While fascinating for adults, GulfQuest is also great fun for kids!
Along the same street as the art museum is the Mobile Botanical Gardens. Native plants make up the bulk of the preserve and there's also a beautiful Longleaf Pine forest onsite. We recommend strolling the trails for a relaxing afternoon activity.
Looking over Mardi Gras Park is the History Museum of Mobile. This building was once City Hall but has been converted to a museum detailing the history of Mobile and the Gulf Coast. Major historical objects, such as Egyptian mummies, also come through for special exhibitions.
In addition to the history museum, this site is also home to Colonial Fort Condé. While original remnants are in Mardi Gras Park, a replica was constructed in 1976 to celebrate the Bicentennial. Admission to the history museum includes admission to the fort, so you can tour both during your visit.
We know, we know, there are a lot of museums. But Mobile is rich in history! The Conde-Charlotte Museum is a stunning mansion that's served stints as both a courthouse and jail. Tours are available and it's also right by the history museum, so you can visit both in the same day.
Rounding out our list of activities for a day trip to Mobile is the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Dating back to 1703, the cathedral was established as the first Catholic Parish on the Gulf Coast. Today, it remains a functioning church and a popular wedding venue. You can view the exterior from Cathedral Square or call the cathedral to inquire about an interior tour.
Just 50 miles southeast of Mobile is Sun Outdoors Orange Beach. Situated near the Gulf Shores in Orange Beach, Sun Outdoors Orange Beach provides a convenient location for a day trip to Mobile, shopping at The Wharf, or hiking at Gulf State Park. RVers can camp on spacious, landscaped sites that include full hookups, cable TV, WiFi, and views of the lake.
Many convenient amenities are available for guests of Orange Beach. Here's a small sample of what to expect during your stay:
With historical attractions and plenty of fun, a day trip to Mobile is a must during your Gulf Shores vacation. Remember to stay at Sun Outdoors Orange Beach, where you're perfectly positioned to enjoy the best activities in the area. And don't leave without sharing this post with your travel buddy. They'll want to come too!