Flights to Mobile
Mobile was the original colonial capital of French Louisiana, and is named after the Mobilian tribe of Native Americans from the area. The city is located in the south-west corner of the state of Alabama, and is the third largest city in the state.
Flights to Mobile are welcomed in the Mobile Regional Airport (airport code: MOB). Your journey to Mobile from South Africa will require indirect flights via one or two connections. Delta Air Lines offers flights to Mobile from South Africa via one stop in Atlanta. United Airlines and South African Airways are among the airlines that provide flights to Mobile from South Africa via two stops.
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The Tourist Attractions in Mobile:
Fort Conde is actually a reconstruction of the fort that was on this site in the 1720s, originally occupied by the French. Fort Conde and its grounds take up about 11 acres, right in the heart of the city on South Royal Street. There is no cost to enter and tour the fort.
Battleship Memorial Park
At the Battleship Memorial Park, you can tour the USS Alabama docked in the bay on permanent display. The submarine USS Drum is also open for viewing, along with a collection of wartime aircraft and a museum of military memorabilia. There are memorials for the Korean and Vietnam wars there too. The park is open daily, and there is an admission fee.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
This beautiful and enormous basilica is on South Claiborne street, and is a historic example of neo-classical architecture. The inside of the church has marble floors, towering columns and 12 spectacular stained glass windows from Germany. There has been damage to the church over the years from fire, but it’s all been restored to its original beauty. The church may be a historic landmark, but they continue to have an active congregation with regular mass. Be respectful if you visit.
Gulf Coast Exploreum
A science centre for hands-on learning and fun for the whole family. Permanent exhibits include virtual reality demonstrations, a biology lab, and several other interactive science displays. They also have a domed IMAX theatre that shows 3D virtual motion pictures. The Exploreum is closed on major holidays, and there are admission fees for both adults and children.
Mobile Museum of Art
They have several collections of art specifically from the southern United States region, but also paintings, sculpture and glassware from around the world. There are permanent art collections from Africa, Asia and Europe. The museum is in Langan Park, and is open 7 days a week though hours are shortened on Sundays.
When Should You Visit?:
Be prepared for hot and humid weather if you visit Mobile in the summers. The average high temperatures for July and August are 33C (91F), and only a degree or two cooler in June and September. Mobile is the wettest city in the USA, so you should also expect some rainy days. The driest months are October and November, which also have cooler temperatures. The fall is likely the best time to visit.