Welcome to Mobile
This bustling port city in Alabama has a history going back to
1702, when the French established it as a shipping centre. Mobile
has a colourful history with a mixture of Spanish, French, British,
Creole and African influences, and much of that is reflected in its
architecture and culture. Many would be surprised to know that
Mobile is the actual birthplace of Mardi Gras, and it still has its
own unique party spirit today that makes any holiday in Mobile a
lot of fun.
Historic buildings in Mobile are numerous, and include examples
of Gothic revival, Greek revival, Beaux-Arts, Spanish Colonial
revival, Victorian, Italianate, and Creole cottage. The city is
full of stately antebellum manors and grand churches that
architecture enthusiasts will enjoy. A variety of museums showcases
the city's history in other ways. Mobile has museums dedicated to
World War II, Mardi Gras, the Mobile police and fire departments,
and the region's ecosystem. The National African-American Archives
and Museum is also located here.
Mobile is also a verdant city, with diverse plantlife that
benefits from its mild subtropical climate. It has a plethora of
pretty parks and gardens that prevent it from feeling too urban;
some of the most popular are the Bellingrath Gardens, and Langan
Park, which also houses the Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Botanical
Gardens, a theatre, and a golf course.
Mobile is a vibrant city with a buzzing nightlife. Known for its
fantastic seafood and barbecue, the city has a variety of great
restaurants serving either, or sometimes both! There are many
popular bars and nightclubs, and the city boasts its own opera and
symphony orchestra. Each summer Mobile hosts Bayfest, a three-day
music festival that draws up to 200,000 people.
Mobile sustained some damage during Hurricane Katrina, but has
rebuilt itself and is once again the lively city it's always
Information & Facts
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.