by Kylie Purdy
Being so close to some of the Southeast’s best beaches and home to many unique restaurants and southern cuisine, Mobile Bay plays a vital role in the South. Its beautiful landscape and coastal vibe allows citizens and visitors to always find something that will please their soul. Mobile Bay’s rich diversity and culture has something for everyone!
So what should you add to your “must do hit list” for Mobile Bay? Whether you’re visiting for the first time or just looking for something to spice up your day, there is always something happening in the bay!
#1: Blakeley State Park: Within a unique wildlife preserve resides the Historic Blakeley State Park. With 2,100 acres, the park is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Alabama. Visitors can choose to stay overnight in a cabin, tent, or bring their own RV. The site also offers unique cruise tours on the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. There are a variety of different cruise packages visitors can choose from on the Delta Explorer. The state park also offers bike trails, horseback riding, and hiking trails, proving to have something for everyone.
#2: Fort Morgan: This historic site was the third masonry fort built between 1819 and 1833. After playing a key role in many battles, its strategic location overlooking the Gulf Coast has become an educational hub open to visitors. Fort Morgan offers neverending opportunities to get involved in the outdoors. It includes nature areas, a boat launch, picnic spaces, and beautiful beaches. Check out their website for ticket prices, and don’t miss out on this unique opportunity when in the bay area!
#3: USS Alabama Battleship: Driving into Mobile from Pensacola, you can’t miss the beaming USS Alabama Battleship. Located in the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park, there are many exhibits visitors can enjoy, including the USS Drum, a submarine from World War II, and numerous aircrafts. The memorial park was dedicated to all Alabamians who have served in one of the branches of our Armed Forces. Take advantage of this historic symbol, and experience a portion of America’s rich past!
#4: WildNative Tours: One of the most immersive experiences you can have in Mobile Bay is with WildNative Tours. There are five locations in Coastal Alabama and the Delta area to depart from. These excursions include kayaking with dolphins, touring the bay, searching out alligators at night, and much more. Each tour provides guests with unique facts about the area. Learn more about your surroundings by getting out in the water! This is not something you want to miss out on! (And by the way, when you’re a member of Mobile Baykeeper, you get 20% off WildNative Tours!)
#5: Five Rivers Delta Resource Center: Named after the five rivers that flow into Mobile bay, this educational facility has fun for all ages. The center, which has 81 acres of beautiful property, includes kayak rentals, trails, and picnic pavilions. The most exciting part is an exhibit hall which includes live animals. There is always an educator on duty who will assist in these wonderful hands-on learning experiences! And the best part about this place is that it’s free! Five Rivers is open seven days a week from 8am-5pm. For more information, you can visit their Facebook page.
Mobile Bay has so much to offer to each individual. If you take the time to let it inspire you, you too will see the unique beauty and culture in the heart of Alabama’s gulf coast. Mobile Baykeeper is dedicated to keeping our waters clean so that we can continue to enjoy all of the amazing qualities our bay has to offer! Become a member today for the best Mobile Bay tomorrow.