Mobile County sprawls 1664 square miles, according to the official Mobile County website but the cozy downtown area is much smaller than that and perfect for walking. From stately mansions to Creole homes lined with wrought iron work, there are plenty of points of interest and plenty to see. If you enjoy a leisurely stroll (or a fast-paced walk) you’ll find these 7 walking tours in Mobile, AL simply irresistible. Spread them out over a weeklong stay or if you’ve got the stamina, cram them all into a single day. These 7 walking tours in Mobile, AL will give you a jumpstart on the history of one of the South’s oldest cities.
7 Must See Walking Tours in Mobile, AL
- Walk through Fort Conde (located on Royal Street) and step back in time. Originally built in 1723, this recreation is 4/5 the size and scale of the original. After you’ve walked the outside of the fort, head indoors to see the museum featuring 300 years of history.
- Tour the Dauphin Street Historic District. It’s a self-guided tour with plenty of signage to lead you; however, you can download a printed guide courtesy of the local Marriott Hotel.
- Stroll along East Church Street and enjoy National Historical Landmarks like the Old Southern Market and the Government Street Presbyterian Church.
- Take the Artist’s Tour and stroll the many (and I do many) art galleries located downtown in the art district.
- Dance on the grave of Joe Cain, (he won’t mind) the man responsible for making Mardi Gras a local holiday after the Civil War. Cain is buried in the Church Street Cemetery-you’ll easily find his place of rest as it is usually covered in Mardi Gras beads.
- Named after the Man with the Iron Hand, Henri DeTonti, visit the DeTonti Square Historic District. This walking tour includes a park and blocks of unique and historical buildings.
- Walk (or jog) the Azalea Trail Run through the heart of downtown. If you take this walking tour, you have a choice between the short or long tour. You can download suggested walking tours for the Azalea Trail Run from the Port City Pacers site.
Whichever walking tour you choose, bring the bug repellent. Mobile has a balmy sub-tropical climate that we all love but unfortunately, so do the mosquitoes. Bring a bottle of water and some sunglasses too because most days are bright with loads of sunshine.