Travel With Kids: Mobile

When I say "Alabama," I say it all drawn out and southern style, with a hint of country music in my voice. Like this. "Allllaaa...BAMA." It's a fun word to say. Try it.

At Tim's request, we toured the USS Alabama. I surprised myself by having a lot of fun - walking from deck-to-deck, climbing LOTS of steps. We saw the captain's quarters, the church, the dental office, the kitchen, and a spooky prison. Let it be known forever and always that I would not want to live on a ship like that - gave me the creeps.

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Afterward, we played at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. It was full of hands-on exhibits and HUGE insect displays ("the Big Bugs," as our girls referred to them).

Travel With Kids: Mobile 6My favorite part was the My BodyWorks section though. I'm kind of a closet doctor at heart. I used to think I wanted to be one as a kid and I'd set up a doctor's office in the bathroom, making toilet paper casts for my siblings.

At the end of the day, I asked our 4-year-old what her favorite part of the day was and she answered without hesitation, "the SHIP!"

Have you ever been to Mobile? What did you like/not like about it?

Would you ever want to live on a ship? How are your "sea legs"?

Special thanks to the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitor's Bureau for providing us with a passport for area attractions.

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11 comments on “Travel With Kids: Mobile”

  1. I can resonate with your oldest's favorite thing for the day :) My dad was in the Navy, and I dearly loved to go visit him on his ships. For a while he was the XO on a destroyer that looked (at least in my memory) a lot like the battleship that you visited. My sea legs were not the best though.. I can remember losing my lunch (and my strawberry ice cream cone I had just scarfed down :P) in one of the hallways on that ship :P

  2. We just got back from Allllaaaabama! We were in Huntsville for a family wedding (my husband grew up in Huntsville). I love spring in the South!

  3. I always think of Forrest Gump when someone says "Alabama."

    I don't think I could live on any ship but a luxury cruise ship!

    PS - The picture of your 4 year old is super-cute. I had to look at it twice to see how you did that.

  4. Looks like you guys enjoyed your time in Alabama. I love that along with your travels and tourist trips you are finding fun parks to enjoy along the way as well.

  5. oh you think a ship is scary... my dad took us down to Groton, CT to tour the submarine he LIVED in for 3 months at a time when he was in the navy. Are you KIDDING? I would go bonkers cooped up in that thing. It is soooo claustrophobic! (and you'd be UNDERWATER! ahh!). But I don't think I'd mind living on a BIG big ship for a little while...

    1. You're right - a submarine would be worse. I think I might go crazy down there.

      And I'd be sick-sick-sick either way. I have terrible sea legs.

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