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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 been.

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.

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