COME EARLY & PLAY LATE
01. USS Alabama and Battleship Park Tour
Battleship Memorial Park is a military history park and museum. It has a collection of notable aircraft and museum ships including the South Dakota-class battleship USS Alabama and Gato-class submarine USS Drum.
$48 per person – includes Transportation, Tickets, and lunch in the mess hall on the USS Alabama.
9am – 1pm Wednesday, Friday or Saturday.
$38 per person – includes Transportation and tickets (no lunch).
1pm – 4pm Tuesday or 9am – 12pm Thursday
02. Bellingrath Gardens & Home Tour, Aquarium, and Fort Gaines Tour
Bellingrath Gardens & Home
In 1932, Coca-Cola bottler Walter Bellingrath and his wife opened their riverfront estate to the public. What began as a humble fishing camp has become one of the nation’s pre-eminent gardens. Nestled among live oaks and Spanish moss, the 65-acre property overlooks the Fowl River and boasts floral wanders all year round. The 15 room, 10,500 sqaure foot Bellingrath home appears as it did in its original era and all of the original furnishings are on display. Guests can enjoy seeing the “ultra-modern” bathrooms of the 1930s, and the kitchen with its original appliances, as well as the Butler’s Pantry overflowing with Mrs. Bellingrath’s collection of silver, crystal, and china.
Aquarium of Alabama
The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab introduces the beauty and wonders of the Mobile Estuary System to its visitors. From the mysterious swamps of the Delta to the busy port of Mobile Bay, from the hurricane-swept sands of the Barrier Islands to the sparkling depths of the Gulf of Mexico, the Estuarium is a journey of breathtaking splendor and cutting-edge science.
Completed in 1861, Fort Gaines is the site of The Battle of Mobile Bay in the Civil War. Explore the grounds while hearing stories of yesteryear and watching live reenactments. Appreciate a place where simpler times and rich, historic culture has been preserved.
$75 per person. Includes transportation and tickets.
8:30am – 4:30pm Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
03. Historic Mobile City Tour
1 hour riding, no stops.
Join us for a one-hour riding tour (in a Van) covering Mobile’s three downtown historic districts. A wonderful overview familiarizing you with many of our local attractions, museums, museum homes, and restaurants!
$20 per person
10:30am – 11:30am or 2pm – 3pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday
04. Historical Homes Tour
One of Mobile’s most treasured historic landmarks is the Richards-DAR House Museum in the De Tonti Square District. The 1860’s Italianate townhouse with its unique four seasons lace ironwork is approximately 10,000 square feet and is filled with period furnishings, offers visitors a peak into how Captain Charles Richards and his wife Caroline Elizabeth Steele Richards lived in downtown Mobile in that time period.
Built in 1855 by Judge John Bragg, the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion is a 13,000 square foot Greek Revival facing Springhill Avenue. Judge Bragg built the home for his wife and family to enjoy Mobile’s social season, Thanksgiving through Mardi Gras. The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, is one of the most photographed buildings in the city.
$55 per person includes transportation and tickets
9:30am – 1pm Thursday only
05. Flight Works & Airbus Factory Tour
At Flight Works Alabama, even the sky is not the limit! Fully indulge your interest in aviation by taking a virtual spacewalk outside the International Space Station, explore Mars with an Airbus robotic rover, and unearth the science behind the Rosetta spacecrafts mission to a comet. More than 50 riveting experiences await you, including a tour of the nearby Airbus A320 Final Assembly Line. ***For special purposes, you must provide a copy of your Driver’s License at least 1 week prior to the tour.
$49 per person. Includes transportation and tickets
9am – 1pm Wednesday or Thursday
06. Ghost Tours
Tour #1 (Passenger Vans)
We will use a divining rod and learn how to speak to the spirits, stop by a haunted house, and end up in a graveyard. This is a fun, not scary, very interesting tour.
$20 per person. 8pm – 9:30 pm Friday night only.
Tour # 2 (40 person buses)
The “Ghosts” are on the street and get on the bus and tell their stories. We will stop at one of the former “houses of ill repute” and you will meet the spirits of the “ladies of the night” that lived there.
$40 per person. 8pm – 10:30 pm Thursday night only.
07. Perdido Queen Lunch or Dinner Cruise
Take downtown Mobile dining to a new level! Enjoy dining on the water while cruising along the Mobile waterfront, enjoying all the sights and sounds of the beautiful area. Raise your glass on the water with your choice of beer, wine or cocktail from the full cash bar. The Perdido Queen offers climate-controlled interior, two level seating, a dance floor with plenty of room to show off your moves, and dining served at your private table with plenty of options for all. Catered by Dauphin’s Restaurant. Cruise loads from parking garage at Mobile Convention Center.
Lunch Cruise – $80 per person. 12pm – 2pm Wednesday or Thursday
Dinner Cruise – $95 per person. 5pm – 7:30pm Tuesday only
08. Airboat Ride
1 Hour – 7 people per boat max
Learn about the wildlife in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta while having a fun airboat ride the whole family will enjoy. See why this area is honored as a National Landmark and learn about the native flora and fauna. Let us show you why the Delta is Alabama’s most beautiful natural resource and hidden beauty. *Depart from and return to Mobile Convention Center.
$50 per person
7:30am – 8:30am, or 8:30am – 9:30am, or 9:30am – 10:30am
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday
09. City Walking Tour
Includes 5 stops
Join your fellow square dancers on this approximate 8 block walking tour, as we discover the birthplace of Mardi Gras! We will visit the Carnival Museum, the History Museum, the Cathedral, Fort Conde’, and the Conde’-Charlotte House.
$28 per person
9am – 1pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or *Saturday. (*Saturday does not include Cathedral)
At the Carnival Museum, immerse yourself in over 300 years of Carnival and Mardi Gras history. Experience a behind-the-mask view of the street party by climbing aboard a rocking float. Even take a picture of yourself as Mardi Gras Royalty!
The History Museum of Mobile is a visual masterpiece housed in the Southern Market/Old City Hall National Historic Landmark. The collection boasts more than 117,000 artifacts related to Mobile history including an actual cannon from the Civic War raider ship CSS Alabama and a baseball signed by Mobile legend Henry “Hank” Aaron.
The first Catholic Parish on the Gulf Coast was established in 1703, one year after the founding of Mobile. It was in 1781, in Mobiles Spanish period that the parish received its present title, Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
The original Fort Conde was built in 1723 by French explorers. Under various colonial powers it went by different names, including Fort Louis, Fort Charlotte, and Fuerta Carlota. (*Not included in Saturday Tour)
Near the banks of the Mobile River, the Conde-Charlotte Museum began its life as Mobiles’ first courthouse and jail, eventually becoming the beloved home of the Kirkbride family. It now stands as a historic house museum, full of antiques and period furnishings. Let our guides lead you through the area’s complex history under its various European sovereigns, its entry into the American territory, and its position as a Confederate city under Union siege during the Civil War.
10. Bienville Bites Walking Food Tour
Sample the food history of Mobile going back over 1,000 years! Each of our five stops is a different, unique experience. One of the stops includes Las Floriditas, a Cuban themed speakeasy located in the basement of a former banks’ vault. Hear how food has shaped the culture of the Gulf Coast as we travel to the Lower Dauphin Street Historic District. Enjoy a variety of excellent dishes – from fine dining to pub food.
LUNCH – $55 per person or $70 per person including alcoholic drinks.
1pm – 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday
DINNER – $65 per person or $80 per person including alcoholic drinks.
5pm – 8pm Thursday only
11. Carnival Cruise
NEED A BREAK? WE ARE LEAVING ON A FUN SHIP…….
Monday June 26, 2023, for 5 relaxing nights on the Carnival Valor. No dancing (unless you want to), No tours (unless you want to), No schedule (unless you want one). Just do what you want to………Cruise will be leaving from New Orleans for a 5-night Western Caribbean cruise. We will visit Progreso and Cozumel Mexico. For more information just give me call, Paula Boone (205) 529-2245 or email me at [email protected]
Tip not included! Please bring cash to tip the bus driver.
Tour bus waiting/loading is located at the bottom of the escalator located by Registration. Buses will load on right side of Convention Center.
The tour time is the time the bus leaves. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure time.
We would love it if you would go ahead and make your tour reservations. If you do that, we will make sure we have a spot for you! Beginning May 15th, 2023, the 72NSDC will have to cancel any tour that doesn’t meet the minimum number of people. If we cancel your tour, we will give you a call to re-book or cancel your tour with a full refund. If you book a tour and have to cancel, a $10 per person fee will be charged unless we can re-book your tour. After May 15th, 2023, SORRY! No Refunds. No Show – No Refund.
LEGAL STUFF! The 72NSDC shall not be liable for any claims, damages, actions or causes of actions whatsoever to person or property arising out of or connected to the use of any services or facilities. All participants in activities and use of facilities shall be undertaken by each individual at his or her own risk. This includes acts of active or passive negligence by agents or volunteers of the 72NSDC. Additionally, the 72NSDC and any volunteers are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond their control.
Any Questions? Contact Paula Boone at 205-529-2245 or [email protected]