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Why Fly to Mobile?
Located along the waters of the Mobile Bay, Mobile, Alabama is a charming southern port city with a unique French influence. More than 300 years ago, Mobile was the capital of French Louisiana. Today, much of this early influence remains. The city's annual Carnival and Mardi Gras celebrations are some of the largest in the country, with special events starting as early as November and lasting until February. The city also sports many French-inspired restaurants, though other unique culinary options are available as well, including southern-style barbecue and oyster bars. With multiple historic districts, Mobile is famous for its antebellum architecture, which includes examples of Greek Revival and Gothic Revival, among others. The city also has an array of museums and historical sites, including Battleship Memorial Park. This popular attraction is located on the shore of Mobile Bay and features a World War II era battleship and submarine as well as Korean War and Vietnam War memorials. Civil War buffs will want to take a trip to Fort Morgan, Fort Gaines and Historic Blakely State Park. All three sites played roles in Alabama's Civil War history. With more than 45 public parks, there are plenty of green spaces where tourists can enjoy the city's natural beauty. Consider a trip to the Mobile Botanical Gardens, a 100-acre facility that boasts a large variety of plant life including a rhododendron garden and a longleaf pine habitat. Visitors can find Mobile hotel deals throughout the city. You can compare flights to Mobile using Travelzoo's SuperSearch.
Which Airlines Fly to Mobile?
The Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) serves the Mobile region. The small facility is served by several domestic carriers. You can search for airfare deals from Dallas on American Eagle. Or buy discount plane tickets from Houston on Continental. Meanwhile, you can find affordable flights from Atlanta and Memphis on Delta, while US Airways flies from Charlotte.
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If you have difficulty finding flights to Mobile, you can also search for airfare to Pensacola. The neighboring coastal city is only about 60 miles east of Mobile. AirTran Airways, American Eagle, Continental, Delta, United and US Airways provide service to Pensacola from select departure cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Houston, Memphis, Charlotte and Washington, D.C. For a truly unique scenic drive along the Gulf of Mexico's coast, compare flights to New Orleans. The popular tourist destination is only 150 miles west of Mobile.
Quick Travel Guide to Mobile
Begin your trip to Mobile by touring the city's vibrant downtown district. Hop aboard the Moda!, a free electric trolley that runs Monday through Saturday and boasts 22 downtown stops along a three-mile route. One of Mobile's most prized downtown landmarks is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Built in 1835, this Neo-Classical style church is the only basilica in the entire South. Head south just a couple block to the Mobile Carnival Museum. Housed in the historic Bernstein-Bush mansion, the museum chronicles the 300 year history of the city's Carnival and Mardi Gras celebrations. Exhibits include gowns, jewels, costumes, artwork and posters.
Head east on Government Street, a major downtown thoroughfare, to the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. This family-friendly attraction houses an IMAX theater and an array of interactive exhibits. Permanent attractions include the BioLab, a health and biology laboratory where visitors can perform real experiments; My BodyWorks, the most advanced health gallery in the country; and Hands On Hall, a gallery featuring more than 50 interactive exhibits.
Take advantage of Mobile's vibrant arts scene and pay a visit to the Mobile Museum of Art. Located several miles west of downtown, this city art museum features a range of works from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The museum rests on Langan Park, a 720-acre green space that is also home to the Mobile Botanical Gardens and a public golf course. Mobile also sports a symphony orchestra, an opera company and a ballet company.
Shoppers should take some time to visit some of Mobile's prime retail destinations. The Colonial Bel Air Mall, located a short drive from downtown, is one of the largest enclosed malls along the Gulf Coast. The facility houses more than 130 stores and restaurants, including several large department stores.
Take a day-long excursion outside of Mobile to the historic community of Dauphin Island. Located a little more than 20 miles south of Mobile, the small town is home to sandy beaches, a large fishing pier, the Isle Dauphin Golf Course and the Estuarium Public Aquarium. The large educational facility showcases a variety of plants and animals that are native the region's four key habitats.