Founded in 1702 as the original capital of the Louisiana Territory and nestled along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, few American cities boast a history as rich as Mobile’s. The birthplace of Mardi Gras in the United States, the area’s sheer beauty, modern architecture, amazing museums and famous seafood continues to impress visitors and locals alike.
The Mobile Carnival Museum
This museum highlights the history of Mardi Gras in its true birthplace. See firsthand the intricate designs and artistry of majestic crowns , sceptersand robes of Mardi Gras monarchs. Discover the art of costume design and float construction. Experience a behind the mask view of the street party by climbing aboard a rocking float. Open Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure
See through September 2 at the GulfQuest/National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico. Odyssey Marine Exploration has discovered hundreds of shipwrecks across the globe. The artifacts, treasure and knowledge recovered from these fascinating time capsules provide a unique opportunity to share the excitement of shipwreck exploration in various exhibit venues. This interactive multi-media exhibit features over 500 artifacts recovered from deep-ocean shipwreck expeditions around the world. Visitors are also immersed in the technology and process Odyssey uses to find and recover shipwreck treasures.
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When You Get Hungry…
Wild caught Gulf shrimp, blue crabs, oysters and more are as bountiful as succulent. Or stack cornbread beside Southern fried chicken, collards, cheese grits and other soulful delicacies as good as Momma’s. Slow-cooked pit barbecue is a prized local favorite. Farm-to-table, locally sourced meals shared with friends has become a popular movement.
Dramatic view meets distinctive dining at Dauphin’s. The menu spans every flavor of French Creole, but it’s the panorama spanning Mobile Bay that first wows you on arrival to the 34th floor of the Trustmark Building. Overlooking Mobile’s downtown revival just blocks away from the canopy of oaks gracing historic homes that are the Port City’s hallmark – Dauphin’s combines appreciation of Mobile’s past with all the energy of her current renaissance. There is a waterfront view in the bar. The menu celebrates classic coastal cuisine with hints of Caribbean and Creole soul. Start your meal with Mobile Bay staples like West Indies salad or crab claws. Then go for the maple leaf duck breast or the chef’s Gumbo Z’herb – just named one of Alabama’s “100 Dishes to Eat Before You Die.”