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Things To Do With Kids in Mobile

You don’t necessarily need to be in France to visit Paris. In fact, all you have to do is head on down to Mobile, Alabama, the Paris of the American South. Mobile is a charming town located on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. The vibrant port city attracts hundreds of thousands of people from different walks of life, all of whom come together to create a rich melting pot. When visiting Mobile, you’ll immediately be swept away into the town’s festive and colorful culture, the result of a 300-year history. With its historic downtown neighborhood, endless festivals, art shows and cook-outs, having fun in a place like Mobile isn’t difficult at all, especially if you’re in town with some little ones in tow. Check out some of the best things to do with kids in Mobile below:

Mobile, Alabama is one place we’re sure you’ll have fun with your kids. If you need more ideas, check out the absolute best things to do with kids in Mobile:

  • Celebrate Mardi Gras: if you go to any Mobile local, they will tell you loud and proud that Mardi Gras celebrations were started in Mobile. The parades and masks and overall color and loud festivities? It (allegedly) began in Mobile.
  • Visit the Ghost of the Mobilian Mardi Gras’ past and head on over to the Mobile Carnival Museum. You’ll get a better understanding of the local culture behind the vibrant and loud pageantry of Mardi Gras.
  • Get a tour of the local wildlife with the Delta Wildlife Eco Boat Tour.
  • Explore the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.
  • Alligator Alley features more than 20 acres of natural cypress swamp land.

Exploring a new place as a family is very important. You can to build memories and familiarize yourself with the region’s history and culture, and, on top of that, you get to have fun while you’re making all these memories as well. Mobile has quite a few family friendly activities to do; here’s where you can start:

  • Take the family to Mobile Bay, where you can take a ferry across the water. The views are pretty breathtaking.
  • Stop by the A&M Peanut Shop for some Mobile goodies.
  • Marble Slab Creamery offers truly unique gourmet ice cream.
  • Charming Tea Cup offers birthday party options for little ladies three to 12, inclusive of invitations, gowns, costumes, and fancy jewelry.
  • Go to Dauphin Island for an engaging history lesson about America back in the day.

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You can’t really call it exploring unless you go out and see something. After all, Mobile is a festive town that almost demands to be seen. With the amount of sights it has to show off for the world, it would be a shame to stay locked up inside all day. Some tourist sites that you should consider for your family are:

  • Downtown Mobile. They say that the downtown neighborhood of any city is the heart. Take in all the city exciting energy that’s almost palpable, and throw in a cornucopia of local restaurants, art galleries, and the lines of colorful buildings that make up downtown Mobile.
  • The Loda ArtWalk. Take a stroll among the cultured, and check out the Loda ArtWalk with the family for some artful (and free) fun. Every second Friday of the month from 6-9pm in the Lower Dauphin Arts district, you can check out some of the local galleries there and admire the different exhibitions.
  • The Mobile Drum Circle. The Alabama Gulf Coast Drum Circle started up a Mobile Drum Circle that occurs every month. It’s a free, family-friendly shindig that’s a great opportunity for an outing.
  • George Wallace Tunnel. Home to great echoes and a well-lit trail.
  • Jackson’s Oak. This beautiful tree is well worth the trip — it’s perfect for a picnic.

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It’s tricky finding fun activities that will entertain your children for hours, but Mobile is more than ready to take that challenge up to ask. Check out these fun things to do in Mobile for kids:

  • Cottage Hill Park has a great walking trail that’s in view of the soccer fields where the kids can play.
  • Check out the 5 Rivers Delta Center to learn about the wildlife in the Delta through interactive exhibits, live animals, and an enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff.
  • Play among the shipping containers at the GulfCoast Museum.
  • Recently renovated, Medal of Honor Park is home to a playground and plenty of green spaces.
  • Take the kids for pastries, cookies, and sandwiches at Pollman’s Bake Shop, Inc.

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You know what they say, the more the merrier. If you’re looking for some suggestions for family friendly activities to do with groups, then look no further than this list:

  • Check out Wacky Walks to uniquely gain a better understanding of Mobile.
  • Crazy Dash is another digital adventure game that will take you on a walking tour around the city.
  • Bob’s Paintball is one of the best paintball fields in Mobile, AL.
  • Back Country Trail is the perfect place for your next birthday party.
  • Visit one of Mobile’s eight—yes, you read that right—National Register Historic Districts. This is for all you architecture lovers out there. These districts are sprawled between downtown and midtown Mobile are have their own distinctive flavor.

Conventional studying might not be fun for a vacation, but Mobile has plenty of fun activities that also pose as an educational opportunity for your kids. Take a look at the suggestions below:

  • Learn more about the ecosystem with Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center.
  • Explore all there is to know about the city’s rich history at History Museum of Mobile.
  • Enrich what they learn in school with a visit to National African American Archives And Museum.
  • Learn more about where Mobile began at The Fort of Colonial Mobile.
  • Richard DAR House Museum is a historic house build in Italianate style.

When we say that there’s something in Mobile for everybody, we mean it. If you have a child that has more artsy interest, this is for them. Here are some creative options for the aspiring artist:

  • Catch a performance at the Saenger Theatre.
  • The Mobile Museum of art has an impressive collection of art galleries and exhibits that any artistic soul would appreciate.
  • If you want to cultivate the artist in you, take an art class with The Drawing Guru.
  • Invite all the neighborhood kids to The Painting Parrot’s next art class.
  • The Alabama Contemporary Art Center is a wonderful place for art enthusiasts.

When the weather outside is frightful, the vacation can still be delightful. There are plenty of indoor games, activities and things to do in Mobile with kids. Check it out:

  • GulfQuest, a national maritime museum with interactive exhibits focusing on the Gulf of Mexico’s maritime heritage.
  • Altitude Trampoline Park, because nothing spells out fun more than a literal building that is wall-to-wall trampolines. Watch out for that foam pit though, it’s fun and games until you hurl yourself into a pit and realize that it might as well be a black hole because there’s no way you’re getting out without fighting the laws of physics. Still a fun time though.
  • See a movie at Carmike Wynnsong 16 Cinemas.
  • Take a break and enjoy some froyo at Chill Yogurt Café.
  • Breakout, an escape game, is a good choice if you want something challenging, entertaining, and intellectually stimulating that isn’t a museum.