Foodies will appreciate Mobile’s European flavor combined with the port city’s access to fresh seafood. Think blue crab, oysters and shrimp. They’re plucked from just off Alabama’s coast and immediately delivered to your plate. Oh, and don’t even get us started on the barbecue.
Do alligators come to mind as soon as you think of Mobile, Alabama? You’ll find plenty of options for gator tours while in port. Equally interesting are the homes these modern day dinosaurs inhabit. Jump on a pontoon boat or kayak (for the truly brave) and get close up with one of Mobile’s most popular inhabitants. Bird lovers also flock to Mobile for the excellent variety of winged friends found here.
The European powers traded Mobile like last year’s hot pokemon card. The good news for Mobile, is it benefitted from its French, British and Spanish influences. These are felt throughout the city, but found in more detail at the many museums Mobile has to offer. History buffs can find a few options in our “things to do” list.
This is your one and only best option for shopping near Mobile Cruise Port. Located downtown, Dauphin Street is a quick walk from your ship’s terminal and easily accessible by foot. You’ll find dozens of galleries, boutiques, specialty stores and more. Whether looking to run the credit card or just window shop, you’ll enjoy Dauphin Street. Mixed in with the stores, you’ll also find some great bars to take a rest in between bouts of shopping.
You might recognize this restaurant from the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. On th episode featuring Wintzell’s Oyster House, Andrew had fried green vinegar pickled peppers, fried green tomatoes with Crayfish sauce, and 33 oysters. It’s also received a shoutout from Oprah! Located in Downtown Mobile, this staple is known for its seafood and particularly its variety and quality of oysters.
Did you know that Mardi Gras started in Mobile, Alabama and not in New Orleans? It’s true. If you don’t believe it, you’ll find plenty of proof at the Carnival Museum. The “Carnival” is another phrase to describe Mardi Gras and not to be confused with the cruise line operating your ship! At the museum, you’ll find actual-sized parade floats and spectacular costumes. You’ll also find the kings and queens of past Mardi Gras celebrations. This is a must see attraction for the partiers who have ever been to or thought about attending Mardi Gras!
Consider Dauphin Street Mobile’s PG-rated version of Bourbon St in New Orleans. You’ll find many similarities in the abundance of bars, restaurants, shops, and flare. But, with a more family-friendly vibe. You could spend a day or two exploring the magnificent architecture, bar-hopping, visiting museums, or shopping. Dauphin Street has a little something for everyone.
This cruise excursion is only for the brave. Get up close and personal with these swamp monsters while just inches from the water’s surface in your rented kayak. You’ll also get a taste of Alabama’s ecosystem from your friendly guide as you learn about Mobile’s history, geology and ecology. If interested, here are options for a 2-hour and 4-hour guided swamp tour.
This huge, 90k square foot attraction is within a 5-minute walk from your Mobile Cruise Ship Terminal. According to the museum’s website, their mission is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to understand and appreciate the gulf coast’s rich maritime heritage through exhibits, programs and activities.” You’ll find exhibits ranging from “Ocean Planet Theater” to “Underwater Umbilical.” It’s truly a great way to prepare for your week at sea.
This historic, park includes a number of prominent aircraft and ships from U.S. military’s history. One notable landmark you’ll find here is the USS Alabama. In 1962 the ship was to be scrapped, but citizens of Mobile refused to let that happen. In particular, Alabama’s school children. They “scrapped” together roughly $100k from their lunch monies and lemonade stands and saved this World War II landmark. It’s still on display.
Conveniently located downtown, Mobile Alabama Terminal is the area’s only dock with cruise ship service. The massive structure offers an attached parking garage capable of holding 500 vehicles and ample thoroughfares for pickup and drop-off service. You’ll typically find one or two Carnival Cruise Ships leaving from this dock per week.