Downtown Mobile Communities
Downtown Mobile can be seen across many miles, with a cityscape overlooking the Mobile River. In its dynamic downtown environment, you can stop in Bienville Square for lunch, shop on Dauphin Street in the afternoon and board a Carnival Cruise before sunset. Downtown Mobile's landscape is dotted with parks and its streets are lined with sprawling oak trees. Colorful beads drape the oak branches lining Dauphin Street, a mark left by revelers during one of the city’s many Mardi Gras parades. Mobile is the birthplace of Mardi Gras, an annual celebration when floats line city streets and thousands show up to catch moonpies, beads and other treasures.
Downtown Mobile is filled with businesses, restaurants, loft apartments, hotels, bars, art galleries, coffee shops, book stores and so much more. Dauphin Street is known for its vibrant nightlife and New Orleans-style architecture. It’s not uncommon to happen upon a musician playing an instrument on a street corner or in front of a shop.
Throughout the year, many events take place in the streets of downtown Mobile, including music festivals, the Azalea Trail Run, beer festivals, holiday festivities, pole vaulting competitions, parades and much more. You may even spot a wedding party dancing in the streets after a ceremony at Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. On the weekends, Mardi Gras Park is home to one of downtown's open-air markets, drawing hundreds to the square.
The History Museum of Mobile, Mobile Carnival Museum, GulfQuest National Maritime Museum, The Fort of Colonial Mobile, the Alabama Contemporary Art Center and the Gulf Coast Exploreum are all for locals and tourists alike to explore during the year.
Historic hotels dot downtown Mobile. Local staples like the Admiral Hotel, The Battle House Renaissance Hotel, Malaga Inn and Fort Conde Inn provide a night’s rest, while various other hotels provide accommodations as well.
The RSA Battle House Tower is Downtown Mobile’s crown jewel and is the tallest building in Alabama. The RSA Banktrust Building, also completes the skyline and provides fine dining on the 34th story. Dauphin’s is locally owned and provides panoramic views of downtown Mobile and Baldwin County's Eastern Shore.
Cooper Riverside Park overlooks the Mobile River and is located near the GulfQuest National Maritime Museum and the Alabama Cruise Terminal. The Mobile Convention Center is also situated along the Mobile River, providing space for banquets, large conferences and Mardi Gras balls.
Mobile is unique in that two underwater tunnels connect Mobile and Baldwin counties via the Causeway and I-10 Bayway Bridge. Seasonally, the Bankhead Tunnel shuts down to traffic during the early hours for cyclists and runners.
Downtown Mobile has enjoyed continued growth and development. It's a prime location for those wanting to live amidst restaurants, bars, shopping and other local businesses and is a few minutes' drive from many midtown neighborhoods.