Did you know that Mobile, Alabama, is the birthplace of America’s original Mardi Gras? That’s right! Mobile was the originator and the ring leader in this grand celebration dating back to 1703. Just a stone’s throw from Atlanta, Mobile is a port city known for letting the good times roll. The Mobile Mardi Gras celebration begins two and a half weeks before Fat Tuesday, so pack your bags and don’t miss the fun!
Mystic societies work diligently to wow onlookers with elaborate parade floats. Parades are riddled with mounted police and bursting sounds of marching bands. Over 1 million revelers and party goers descend on Mobile Mardi Gras to enjoy the multitude of parties and balls. This larger-than-life carnival inspires with its color, vigor and true southern hospitality, so make your move to Mobile, Alabama, and enjoy the festivities!
Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
If walls could talk, an incredible fairytale would be told. Absorb the history and stand atop the old military headquarters established by Andrew Jackson, now the Battle House Renaissance Hotel & Spa. Recent restorations of the historic Battle House have garnered AAA four diamonds and Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.” In 2010, this luxury hotel facility became a proud member of the Historic Hotels. Comfort and all the conveniences of luxury accommodation await you upon check-in. Prepare to walk out and emerge yourself in the vibrant spirit and activity of historic downtown Mobile.
Alabama Contemporary Art Center
Nestled in Mobile’s historic downtown, the Alabama Contemporary Art Center is conveniently located in the Cathedral Square, a beacon of collaboration and celebration of contemporary art forms. Creativity and innovation are uniquely applied in the center to build community through the arts.
While there are numerous exhibits, History Refused to Die is not to be missed, featuring over 75 works by 15 Alabama self-taught artists from the collection of William S. Arnett and Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Make it a half day and see firsthand the textured experience of African Americans in Alabama. Most notably, the works of the legendary folk artist Thornton Dial jumps off the walls and inspires the creative spirit. The exhibit celebrates the work of local artists, including Charlie Luca and Joe Minter. From the quilter to one of the world’s most significant extant art environments, this exhibit examines and exposes the rich history and cultural influence of African Americans past and present.
The Saenger Theatre & Mobile’s Symphony Orchestra
Culture and style await you in Dixie. Opened in January 1927, the Saenger Theatre stands strong in Mobile. With an original cost of construction of $500,000, the Saenger Theatre represents a brilliant combination of French Greek and Mobile’s coastal cultures. This revered historical landmark is the heartbeat of the city and is hailed as “Alabama’s Greatest Showplace.”
An extensive calendar of events is featured at this theatrical entertainment venue, including the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. The Saenger is the official home of the orchestra. Under the musical direction of Scott Speck, MSO works to enrich lives with live symphonic music and music education. Mobile Symphony was established in 1970 and continues to empower the community with culturally enriching experience through music. Make the investment in this musical memory and illuminate your world!
Everything at Panini Pete’s is good—literally everything! A staple in the LoDa district of downtown Mobile, Panini Pete’s offers endless options to fulfill your taste buds, and everything looks amazing. From fresh mozzarella to seasoned French fries, you won’t leave unsatisfied. Pete’s famous muffaletta panino is legendary, and one bite explains why the chef is a favorite personality on the Food Network. Be forewarned: You will be stuffed, but by all means leave room in your tummy for Pete Blohme’s French beignets.
The Noble South
Seasonally inspired menus are works of genius by the chefs at this rustic, chic and quaint eating establishment. Reserve your seat and fall in love with Mobile’s best farm-to-table dining. From pickled shrimp to deviled eggs, your palates will be mesmerized by the culinary expertise.
Wintzell’s Oyster House
Since 1938, Wintzell’s Oyster House has served as a staple of hospitality. How do you like your oysters? Wintzell’s delivers all options, including fried, stewed or nude. Prepare yourself for fresh seafood and the region’s best shrimp boils. Fun, relaxed and signature cocktails make this family friendly environment a must eat during Mardi Gras!