Events and festivals take place all year round in Mobile, with plenty of seasonal events. The summer season takes place between May and September, with an average temperature of approximately 30°C. Most visitors may find the spring and autumn climates more pleasant, and the Mardi Gras, Alabama Coastal Birdfest, and Taste of the Bayou festivals take place during these seasons.
Flights are often cheapest during the winter months of December to March, as most potential visitors are put off by the falling temperatures and Christmas period. Planning the flight several months in advance will ensure that the prices are as low as possible, and you can try to haggle the price of a hotel as many rooms will be left vacant during this period.
Located in south Alabama along the Gulf Coast, Mobile is a populous and modern metropolis with many attractions and shopping opportunities. The city is the location of the first Mardi Gras, and is also home to Alabama’s only saltwater port, and was once a key trading port between French and Native American traders. Mobile began as the first capital of French Louisiana in 1702, and has been a colony of France, Britain, and Spain during its first 100 years of history. The city is located with good transport links along Interstates 10 and 65, and visitors can use the area to begin a new journey to New Orleans, Montgomery, and Tallahassee. As a cultural centre within the United States, Mobile is full of historical locations, museums, and landmarks, as well as many modern attractions such as shopping areas and outdoor activities. The central part of the city is full of historical and cultural locations, and packed with plenty of local restaurants, boutiques, and museums to appeal to visitors with all kinds of interests. Historical and cultural enthusiasts will appreciate the Crescent Theatre, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and the Battleship USS Alabama located in Memorial Park.
The adventurous visitors will have plenty to enjoy in the city and surrounding areas, whether it’s watching a baseball game at Hank Aaron Stadium, or taking in the sights and hiking trails of Mobile Botanical Gardens or Herndon Park.
There is an extensive transport infrastructure throughout the city, including four separate railway lines, interstate 10, and dozens of bus stops. Several taxi services and car rental companies also operate throughout the city.
The closest international airport to the city is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, approximately 150 miles (241 km) from the city. Unfortunately there are no direct transportation services from the airport to Mobile, unless renting a car. It will be necessary to travel to New Orleans by either shuttle bus, taxi, or train, all of which operate on a fixed cost, and from there take another train or intercity bus from Union Station to Mobile.