Considered the Gulf Coast epicenter, Mobile, Alabama, is filled with grand views, culture, entertainment and history. The city is illuminated with a diverse community committed to developing and preserving its rich heritage. You may have heard of Mobile because of the tremendous Mardi Gras celebrations that occur on its downtown streets every year, or even by its award-winning restaurants scattered across the city. One thing about Mobile that we know for sure is: there’s always more to find and see in this city! Mobile has progressed in many ways since its inception, and continues to make great strides to expand its business district, local economy and community.
Long before what you see today, the city housed the only saltwater port in the state on the Mobile River. Beginning its journey in 1702, the port of Mobile pushed all of the state’s commercial products through its port and is now ranked the 9th largest port by tonnage in the nation. Adding to the port’s traffic is the Carnival Cruise line, Carnival Fantasy, which was positioned in the port in 2016 to offer year-round cruises.
A popular option for entertainment along the Mobile Bay is the dinner cruises offering delicious food, an amazing view and fun live music almost every night of the week. If you were to walk through the streets of downtown Mobile, you would discover shops and restaurants that have stood the test of time to offer southern comfort food, unique products and collectables. Historic museums, architecture and grand live oaks tell a story of a different time in Mobile that’s worth experiencing. Travel past the downtown area and you’d find many historic sights and landmarks, such as the Battleship USS Alabama settled in Mobile Bay. The Bellingrath Home and Gardens offers a beautiful tour of the plantation’s home and landscaping.
Along with its booming entertainment and nightlife sector, Mobile is also home to a developing central business district. The district is making headway for new industries, companies and businesses every day with the partnership of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber aids in promoting the area through business and commercial commerce for the city. Mobile’s population is steadily approaching 200,000 local residents. City development is a top priority in Mobile’s local government while demonstrating authentic pride for the city’s expansion endeavours. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mobile’s central business district took a dive from local businesses shutting down. As businesses, restaurants and stores begin opening back up, the city is optimistic and hopeful for what’s to come.
There is always something new to discover in Mobile! From historic architecture to local shops and everything in between, it is an exciting time to visit or live in this city. The city is a melting pot of diverse cultures, tastes, stories and more. Being one of the oldest cities on the Gulf Coast, this coastal city is a prime location for development, entertainment and educational experiences. Plan a fun trip for your family or friends, or consider making Mobile your home! Come find something new in the oldest city in Alabama. This city was “Born to Celebrate” and that’s exactly what it will do!