Post # 1
I’m in Baton Rouge and don’t have any plans for spring break.
Does anyone have any ideas of a good place to go visit (not New Orleans!) for a day or two?
Anything interesting to see or do?
I was thinking Jackson, MS, or Mobile AL, but I don’t know what I would do in either place except wander around.
Post # 3
@CoCoCourtney: In Mobile there are lots of old antebellum houses to look at if that is your thing. Downtown, there is the Exploreum, which usually has really cool exhibits. I think the current exhibit is about megalodon, the giant prehistoric shark. I’ve seen the Pompeii exhibit and the Chinese clay army statues there too. There are several permenant exibits, including an Imax theater. A lot of the permenant exhibits are geared towards kids, but are a ton of fun even for adults. There is a Carnival Museum also. The battleship, the USS Alabama, is open and can be toured. If you like nature tours, there is the Five Rivers Delta “Safari.” I’ve never done this, but it sounds like fun. Since it will be spring, the Mobile Baybears should be playing. They are a minor league baseball team. I believe that they are currently a Diamondback’s affiliate (used to be Padres). If you’re into baseball, Hank Aaron’s childhood home is also in Mobile, and I believe can be visited.
The best part of Mobile is all the great food! I highly recommend Orleans Cafe (in West Mobile) for po-boys and muffalettas. Their popcorn crawfish with homemade remoulade is amazing. It’s not on the menu anymore, but if you ask about it they may be able to make you some. There is also Zorba’s, which is a Greek place. Mobile has a large Greek Orthodox population and has a huge Greek Fest every November. Downtown, there is a pizza place on Daupin St. that is good as well. For seafood, you want to go out to the causeway (near the battleship). There I would recommend Felix’s Fishcamp, the Orignal Oyster House, or the Bluegill. Also, Callaghan’s Irish Social Club has a can’t miss Sunday brunch (their Wednesday special burger is amazing, but you have to get there before they run out).
Not far from Mobile is Dauphin Island. This would be a better day trip from Mobile, as there isn’t a huge amount of available lodging on the island. There is a great little campground on the east end of the island. There’s a beach and an Estuarium that’s pretty cool (you can play with the horseshoe crabs!). Daupin Island also has Ft. Gaines which is a civil war era fort. Accross the bay from Dauphin Island is Ft. Morgan/Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, which are typical beach towns. Ft. Morgan is an 1830’s era star-shaped fort. Both Dauphin Island and Gulf Shores are within an hours drive of Mobile. There is also an auto ferry that runs from Dauphin Island to Ft. Morgan and back. Just north of Daupin Island is Bellingrath Gardens. It’s pretty, but a little on the expensive side for just a tour of a garden. They also have riverboat cruises through the gardens.