During my stay in Pensacola, my sister and I decided to go on a day trip to Mobile which is about an hours drive from there.
Out first stop was Battleship Memorial Park. This was undoubtedly the number one recommended thing to do in Mobile. The grounds of the park have several war memorials set up, USS Drum submarine, an aircraft collection, and of course the USS Alabama battleship.
There is a fee to enter the park and an extra fee to access the USS Alabama, USS Drum, and the aircraft collection. It’s only a few dollars and totally worth it.
We went in June, I would suggest during a non-summer month. There was a significant breeze coming in from Mobile Bay, but when you are in the lower levels of the ship it can get steamy.
The Officer’s Mess Hall on the ship is air-conditioned and lined with couches and chairs. It is a great place to cool off while you’re there.
While we were in the room cooling off, we met an elderly couple who lives just outside of Mobile but they had never been to the USS Alabama. They told us all about their small town, if I recall correctly, they have a population of about 700. And just recently got a traffic light when Wal-Mart opened up. They were concerned about this rapid growth, perhaps they should visit Miami.
Next to the USS Alabama, you’ll find the aircraft pavilion. It houses aircraft from several decades and from all branches of the armed forces.
After spending a few hours at Battleship Memorial Park, we took a drive into town in search of a lunch spot.
Cream and Sugar Cafe was highly recommended on Yelp and that’s where we decided to go. It is located inside of a restored old home. We had some sandwiched which were good. But more importantly, we took some cinnamon rolls with us that were AMAZING! So good!
We finished off the day at The Museum of Mobile.
My favorite exhibit was of miniature houses created by Aaron Friedman. This particular house is the McGowan-Zoghby house on Government Street in Mobile.
The following words were on the walls of the The Mary Jane Slaton Inge Gallery. I’d say she probably lived quite the life.
Because we were in the city on a Sunday, a lot of the businesses were closed. But it was clear that the Mobile has a rich history and amazing old architecture.