Adventures on the Delta

Whether you kayak on the bay or the river, kayaking is a big ‘thing’ in Mobile. If a leisure cruise is your preference, then a stroll along the bay is perfect. However, if you are interested in adventure, 5 Rivers Delta Safaris is your new best friend. We’ve rated their guided safari tours based on the type of adventure you are looking for.

For the true nature lovers:  How about kayaking through the swamps of the lower Mobile- Tensaw Delta for an adventure?  This guided kayak tour at 5 Rivers is a highly rated wildlife tour where you will go into open marsh to see alligators, bald eagles, osprey, heron and pelicans-  to name a few. You will hear about the history, geology, ecology, the many characters of the delta and see why the Mobile-Tensaw Delta is such a jewel.

For the thrill seekers: This adventure speaks to those who aren’t afraid of an abundance of alligators. You will explore the alligator infested swamps, in search of Alabama’s very own Champion Cypress.  A 27ft base, 100 + foot canopy, the Champion Cypress is Alabama’s largest and most amazing site to behold. But it takes some guts to get there as you are likely to encounter more than just alligators but snakes, wild hogs and many other beasts of the delta. Not to mention, there is a reasonable hike through the swamp.

For the history buffs: This interpretive tour will put you in the middle of nowhere where you’ll canoe, hike and do a little bit of climbing to step back in time, to a day in the life of the Native American who left us this legacy. It was approximately 800 years ago that the Native American tribes of what is now the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States, flourished in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta.

For the gator lovers:  This tour is for those who have a big ole soft spot for alligators because you’ll see them, interact with them and then eat them (yes, we said eat them.)  You’ll start on a boat and then venture out on kayaks once you hit this little known paddle route that puts you right in the thick of gator country. The soon to be famous Gator Float Safari has been shown on national morning shows and is highly rated by all our visitors. So, how adventurous are you?

For all the details and information, visit 5 Rivers Delta Safaris.

-Visit Mobile

 

{Updated 3.7.16}

Celebrate the Arts

Paintings, photography, sculpture, theatre, music, literature, fashion, film, mixed media, sophisticated, funky, playful, edgy, thought-provoking, stimulating, beautiful, emotional, weird.  These are the words that best describes the constantly evolving art scene in Mobile. They also are what makes this historic town one of the top cultural hotspots to be found anywhere along the Gulf Coast.

From the earliest days to just last week, Mobile has attracted an independent, creative community who express themselves through a variety of mediums, outlets and activities. The renowned Mobile Museum of Art, the oft-talked-about Centre For the Living Arts, The Symphony, Opera and Ballet, locally owned galleries and studios, art events and other activities keep the arts movement alive and thriving year-round.

ArtWalk logo 6.13.14

Devoting a weekend to the arts is easy in Mobile. You can spend the second Friday of every month on Dauphin Street for ArtWalk, where artists and musicians socialize with locals and tourists. On Saturday morning, take a stroll through the many pop-up art markets in downtown squares or at local coffee shops. Then, Sunday afternoon take in the matinee showing at the Mobile Symphony in the stunning, historic Saenger Theatre. It won’t take you long to see for yourself why the arts are such a celebrated part of a Mobilian’s every-day-life.

The Mobile Arts Council is the organization that brings both people and art together and is a great first-stop when exploring Mobile’s vibrant art scene.  www.mobilearts.org or stop by 318 Dauphin Street, in the heart of downtown Mobile, to begin your journey.

5 Family must-do’s for summer

  1. Watch Space Junk on IMAX at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. This jam-packed film is virtually explosive and fun for the whole family.
  1. Take a Delta Safari along the Mobile River Delta for a wildlife tour you won’t forget!
  1. Visit Battleship Memorial Park and explore all the nooks and crannies of the USS ALABAMA.
  1. Play in the fountain in Cathedral Square.  (We’ve seen mom and dad join in too…)
  1. Day-trip to Dauphin Island for the white beaches, Dauphin Island Sea Lab and lunch the Islander.

I’m sorry, did you say stuffed beignets?

What started as a ‘sweet’ way to promote the Reese’s Senior Bowl has since spawned into something so deliciously brilliant. First of all, if you haven’t had the beignets at Panini Pete’s café & bakeshoppe, you should drop what you are doing and go –NOW.

We all know of ‘that place’ in New Orleans that has world famous beignets. However, what Panini Pete’s has masterfully created is nothing like Café Du Monde.  In fact, these beignets are made with completely different dough – wet dough versus the traditional yeast dough which makes the inside moist and flavorful.  Then, using an ice cream scooper, they take a swim in the fryer and then stuffed and topped with magic.

That magic is the perfect size dollop of peanut butter they stuff inside their already perfect, original beignet. If that wasn’t enough, the beignets are drizzled with melted chocolate and topped with powdered sugar to make the ultimate beignet – the Reese’s Senior Bowl Beignet.

Once they started stuffing beignets, they couldn’t stop. We have tasted Strawberry Drizzle, Red, White and Blue and Mardi Gras stuffed beignets that make you happy to be alive. Trust us, they are so good, you don’t even realize you have powdered sugar all over you. And, when you do realize, you wear it proudly.

Dear Pete, on behalf of all of us, thank you and keep stuffin’!

Noble South moves into Downtown Mobile

Fresh, local ingredients are used to create the southern dishes that The Noble South plates up in the newest restaurant in downtown Mobile. The Noble South opened on May 8 and has intrigued the pallets of our local community with delicious dishes such as Rabbit & Dumplings, Snapper Crudo and Pickled Shrimp to name a few.

Quaint, cozy and feels like home is what best describes the atmosphere of the Noble South when you first walk in. The colors, both warm and inviting, make you want to take a seat and stay all night.

To catch a glimpse inside The Noble South, take a look at our photo gallery.   (9 photos)

Check out the Noble South on facebook to get all the details on what’s being cooked up!

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