OVERVIEW OF MOBILE
Life in Mobile, Alabama
Perched on the edge of Mobile Bay and steeped in over 300 years of colorful history, the city of Mobile is so much more than the birthplace of Mardi Gras. National Geographic Traveler calls it “one of the top 50 places to live and play,” and it’s easy to see why. Mobile blends big-city convenience with the laid-back charm of coastal southern life. But don’t let the relaxed pace of the Gulf Coast fool you; there’s never a shortage of things to do or see.
Food & Fun
From West Mobile to Dauphin Island, restaurants serve up fresh, delicious Gulf seafood. Once you’re full, fill your ears with the sweet sounds of locally-produced symphony and opera, or one of the hundreds of acts passing through local venues like the Saenger Theatre. Unique attractions, including the USS Alabama Battleship, the Gulf Coast Exploreum and Bellingrath Gardens and Home, lure visiting tourists and curious residents alike. Adventure-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts can roam free in Mobile’s 70-plus parks and on hundreds of miles of hiking trails.
For those who don’t mind getting their feet wet, Mobile’s geography provides ample opportunity for all kinds of water sports. You can enjoy the water from a kayak, canoe, sailboat or a pair of water skis. Located in the nation’s second-largest watershed and alongside the Bay, Mobile offers fresh- and saltwater fishing for avid anglers. If you prefer sunning on the sand, pristine beaches are enticingly near.
While Mobile has nearly perfected the arts of relaxation and recreation, this city knows how to get down to business, too. A hub for commerce, technology, production and healthcare, Mobile anchors the region, providing services to a wide swath of the Gulf Coast. Active industries in the area include shipbuilding, aerospace, oil and gas exploration, distribution and chemical manufacturing.
When the workday ends, Mobile’s robust real estate market provides a broad variety of places to call home, with housing options catering to every taste and nearly every budget. With downtown condominiums, waterfront cottages, traditional neighborhoods, modern subdivisions and rural escapes, there’s something to suit every style and need. Eight historic districts add distinctive character to the area and tie the city—and its residents—to Mobile’s rich past.