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Area Attractions

alt_text Beaches
Alabama's Gulf Coast beaches are 45 minutes from downtown Mobile. Miles of white sand beaches with an array of beach activities including boating, parasailing, snorkeling, deep sea fishing or just relaxing in the sun.
alt_text Golf
More than 20 private and public golf courses helped Mobile birdie the #10 spot in Golf Digest's "Best Places to Golf." Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove Championship Course, a $10 million, 54-hole golf course, has been ranked one of the best courses in America.
Shopping
Riviera Centre - Foley, Alabama 45 minutes from downtown Mobile creates a shopping experience beyond your expectations. Shop and save 20%-70% off original retail prices in over 120 factory stores. www.shoprivieracentre.com
Fairhope, Alabama
40 minutes from downtown Mobile. Over 70 Specialty shops including antiques, apparell, art galleries, books, gifts, collectables, and children's furnishings.
alt_text Fort Conde Museum and Welcome Center
Tour the fort freely or make arrangements for a guided tour. This reconstructed fort features sprawling bastions, cannons and firearms, museum area, exhibit rooms, powder magazines and dioramas. Period-costumed guides demonstrate cannon and musket firing.
alt_text Cotton Blossom
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Mobile Harbor on a one hour narrated cruise aboard an authentic sternwheeler riverboat. The Cotton Blossom is one of only four boats in the nation to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. www.mobilesteamboat.com
Gulf Coast Exploreum Museum of Science and IMAX Theatre
Interactive hands-on science museum that features an IMAX dome theatre, internationally recognized traveling exhibits and a permanent hands-on exhibit. www.exploreum.net
alt_text USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
Explore the battleship freely or arrange for a guided tour. The park also exhibits the submarine USS DRUM , 22 combat aircraft and a 15 passenger flight simulator that allows visitors to see the world from the moon. www.ussalabama.com
alt_text Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
An educational facility highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the nearshore Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall and Living Marsh Sidewalk, the Miss May May, an interactive boat exhibit and much more. www.disl.org
alt_text Bellingrath Gardens and Home
This world-famous home is a sightseer's dream, rated one of the Top 5 horticultural attractions in North America. Take a 45 minute riverboat cruise on Fowl River or tour the Bellingrath Home, declared one of "America's Castles" by the Arts and Entertainment network. www.bellingrath.org
Fort Gaines Historic Site
Renaissance-style fort established in 1821 to provide coastal defense against foreign aggression. Site hosts many special events and re-enactments. This was an important site during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864.
Mobile Museum of Art
Third most attended tourist attraction in the Mobile area. Outdoor sculptures and gazebo provide idyllic, tranquil setting for picnics or photos along the lake. www.MobileMuseumOfArt.com
Mobile Medical Museum
Founded in 1962, the museum is the largest exhibit to view the path of medicine from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Exhibits include Civil War artifacts, documents and other materials representing the growth of science and medicine as well as a hands-on interactive health adventure.
alt_text Antebellum Homes Open for Tours
Conde-Charlotte House Museum
Richards-DAR House Museum
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion Museum
Carlen House Museum
Oakleigh House
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