This museum, dedicated to the marine heritage of the Gulf, is full of interactive exhibits on nautical topics ranging from how to sail a boat to container ships to shipwreck exploration to navigation skills. The topics are varied and complex, but the museum is engaging and friendly, so this is a good one for kids and adults.

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1. Gulf Coast Exploreum

0.14 MILES

This science center contains some 150 interactive exhibits and displays in three galleries, an IMAX theater and live demonstrations in its chemistry and…

2. Condé-Charlotte Museum

0.15 MILES

This attractive mansion was Mobile's first courthouse and jail, and then the aristocratic home of the Kirkbride family. Now it stands as a historic home…

3. Mobile Carnival Museum

0.46 MILES

New Orleans gets all the attention, but Mobile technically threw the first Mardi Gras and carnival season in the USA (or what would become the USA). This…

4. USS Alabama

1.44 MILES

The battleship Alabama is a 690ft behemoth famous for escaping nine major WWII battles unscathed – the 'Lucky A' never lost any of its sailors while they…

5. Hank Aaron Stadium

5.46 MILES

Baseball historians should stop by Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Mobile Bay Bears, where there is a museum set in Hank's old childhood home (moved to…

6. Eastern Shore Art Center

13.71 MILES

Studio spaces and arts classes are contained within this art center, which is a focal point of Fairhope's First Friday Arts Walk. Rotating exhibits…

7. Fairhope Museum of History

13.91 MILES

This small museum will appeal to regional history enthusiasts. The permanent exhibition is all about Fairhope's past: as a utopian colony for believers in…

8. Fairhope Public Library

13.98 MILES

This gem of a library occupies an enormous building and boasts several classic reading rooms with nice views looking out onto town. It also has an…