Once called the Paris of the South, South Mobile has long been the cultural center of the Gulf Coast and you’ll find an authentic experience found nowhere else in the southern United States. This metropolitan statistical area is the place to be if you are looking for a bit more leisurely experience, paddle along the Fowl River, a 14.4 mile long brackish river that expands into the Mobile Bay. The surrounding wetlands are home to an abundance of plant and animal life, and the climate offers year-round gorgeous buds and blooms including our city’s most popular blooming in the spring, the azalea. Mobile is referred to as the Azalea City, and can thank South Mobile’s Bellingrath Gardens and Home for the famous reputation as an ‘azalea mecca’.
South Mobile encompasses unincorporated communities such as Irvington, AL, and census-designated areas such as Grand Bay, AL, and Theodore, AL. Come take a ride down scenic byway 188 as century old oaks graciously welcome you to Bayou La Batre, the charming fishing village located along the Mississippi Sound, and the first permanent settlement on the South Mobile mainland. Known as the seafood capital of Alabama, the town immortalized in Winston Groom’s “Forrest Gump” is home to oodles of fisherman and shrimpers.
South Mobile Highlights
Attractions: Bellingrath Gardens and Homes, Fowl River, Bayou La Batre- Home of Bubba Gump, Dog River Park