Spring is almost here and the “Azalea City” will soon be in full bloom. For centuries, visitors have flocked to Mobile to experience the natural beauty, decadent cuisine, and Southern hospitality the area is known for. Whether you’re a foodie, a history buff, traveling with a family, or just seeking a fun weekend adventure, plan your spring trip now and prepare to be wowed by all that Mobile has to offer.
The South has seen a renaissance in craft beer brewing in recent years, and nowhere is the craft beer scene more alive than in Mobile! With four craft breweries within walking distance, you can tour and taste to your heart’s content while also getting an up-close-and-personal view of downtown Mobile’s unique architecture.
If craft cocktails are more your style, The Haberdasher, POST, or the Kanary Bar have a tipple to satisfy your thirst and begin your evening on the right note.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, Mobile has something for every palate. With its melting pot of cultures and close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mobile Bay area is well known for its fine cuisine and fresh seafood.
Housed in a building dating to 1893, The Noble South is a farm-to-table restaurant that uses only local products from local purveyors. The menu of traditional Southern dishes changes seasonally, but a few of the items are so popular they’re always available.
Another well-loved culinary destination is Dauphin’s, a fine-dining restaurant located on the 34th floor of the Trustmark Building downtown. You can enjoy classic coastal cuisine with Caribbean and French Creole influences while taking in the sweeping views of the city. Dauphin’s focuses on locally sourced products, including fish and produce from the Alabama Gulf Coast and oysters cultivated in nearby Mobile Bay.
Located on the Mobile Bay Causeway, Felix’s Fish Camp is a casual, welcoming restaurant with the soul of a fine-dining establishment. The beautiful sunset over the bay is worth the trip itself, and the waitstaff is professional, courteous, and eager to tell you about the menu that’s full of traditional regional dishes, such as West Indies Salad, gumbo, and a catch of the day fresh from the docks.
If you’re ready for an adventure, Mobile has that, too. The USS Alabama, a WWII-era battleship, is docked in Mobile Bay and is open for self-guided tours. History buffs may want to pair this trip with a visit to nearby Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island. While on the island, visitors can enjoy a day at the beach in addition to bike paths, walking trails, and fresh Gulf air.
Originally purchased by its founders as a weekend retreat, Bellingrath Gardens and Home is now a 65-acre estate located along the Fowl River that is famed for its roses, cascading mums, and more than 250,000 azaleas. The gardens and home were the creation of Walter Bellingrath, the first independent bottler of Coca-Cola in the Mobile area, and his wife, Bessie, in collaboration with noted Mobile architect George B. Rogers.
Last but not least, be sure to stop by Airboat Adventures for tours of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. This delta is home to a very dynamic ecosystem, including alligators, egrets, turtles, snakes, herons, hawks, owls, eagles, and more. It’s a unique experience, and you never know what you might see!