Welcome to Alabama

Perhaps such a struggle, and all of the nobility and desperation it entailed, was bound for a state like this, with its Gothic plantations, hardscrabble farmland and fiercely local sense of place. From the smallest hunting town to river-bound cities, Alabama is a place all its own, and its character is hard to forget. Some visitors have a hard time looking beyond the state's past, but the troubling elements of that narrative are tied up in a passion that constantly manifests in Alabama's arts, food and culture.

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$29 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Gulf Coast Ducks Triple-Splash Duck Boat Tour

On this 70 minute tour you will visit Battleship Memorial Park, a military history park and museum located on the shore of Mobile Bay in Mobile, Alabama. This incredible museum has a collection of notable aircraft and museum ships including the USS Alabama, which is the winner of nine battle stars in World War II, as well as the Gato-class submarine USS Drum.  You will also get to see a Mach 3 A-12 Blackbird super secret spy plane, the B-52 stratofortress Calamity Jane, and an original plane that was used by the Tuskegee Airmen, plus 22 other aircraft and weaponry from all branches of the military.  After we visit Battleship Memorial park, we switch from land to sea by splashing down into the Mobile River. The tour continues sharing incredible facts about the 9th largest port in the USA, Navy defense warships being built on the Mobile River, and much more. We then come ashore in Downtown Mobile, where we will share all of the exciting things happening in the City - both new and old! We will include details of the first skyscraper in the South, how Mobile is the place to be to celebrate Mardi Gras, details on GulfQuest Maritime Interactive Museum, Mobile's beautiful Downtown Parks, and much more! Then, it is back to the USS Alabama and another splash in Mobile Bay to enjoy the beautiful views of the USS Alabama from the water. This 70 minute tour is the ultimate way to explore both land and sea in South Alabama while being thoroughly entertained by our expert tour guides.

$55 Cultural & Theme Tours

Birmingham Civil Rights Tour

Enjoy complimentary pickup from your downtown hotel or Airbnb as your guide drives to Kelly Ingram Park to begin your historical tour of Civil Rights sights in Birmingham. Pickups are 5-15 minutes before the tour begins. If you have not scheduled a pickup meet your guide at the Fred Shuttlesworth statue in front of the Civil Rights Institute. The tour starts promptly at 9:45 AM.Our small group of no more than 12-14 will walk around the park as you learn about the origins of segregation in the city of Birmingham and state of Alabama. We then visit the following sights: Linn Park, Boutwell Auditorium, Parker High School, Dynamite Hill, Bethel Baptist Church, Phillips High School, sight of Freedom Riders attack, Kelly Ingram Park, Gaston Motel, 16th Street Baptist Church. Depending on availability we may access the interior of Historic Bethel Baptist Church. While being driven around Birmingham your guide will lead you every step of the way and talk about what made Birmingham so integral to the fall of segregation.Hotel pickup and drop-off within downtown Birmingham, which include: • Elyton Hotel • Redmont Hotel • Hampton Inn - Tutwiler • Sheraton Birmingham • Westin Birmingham • DoubleTree by Hilton Birmingham • Residence Inn by Marriott Birmingham Downtown at UAB • Hotel Highland Downtown - UAB • Homewood Suites by Hilton Birmingham Downtown Near UAB • Courtyard by Marriott Birmingham Downtown at UAB • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Birmingham Downtown at UAB

$31.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Mystery Tour in Montgomery AL

Montgomery Mystery Tours boarding location is downtown Montgomery Visitors Bureau, which is at Union Station on 300 Waters Street. Each traveler receives a ready to frame painted ticket voucher. We begin all tours with a songs taught to us by the original FREEDOM RIDERS. We travel to several locations throughout the city stopping at various historical attractions for photos or admissions.  Travelers are able to win prizes playing MORE THAN TRIVIA OR MORE THAN KARAOKE, songs performed by Alabama Artists or written by famous Alabamians.  Recite Movie lines from films produced in Alabama or share a bit of history makes for great fun. We'll have group discussions based on truth and reconciliation about Americas history and encourage participants to engage in what we call American Citizenship. Tour Highlights Montgomery Mystery Tour explores 19th century architecture and the homes of civil rights pioneers, Old Alabama Town (drive by only, no entrance) is collection of over 40 authentically restored 19th and 20th century buildings located with in the downtown area.  Located in downtown Montgomery, the Museum of Alabama is the only destination where you can explore Alabama's past from prehistory to present.  We'll discover the land, the first Alabama and 14,000 years of Native American Culture. More than 800 artifacts, hundreds of images and documents from Civil War, industrialization, world wars, civil rights the race to the moon, and more. Families can dress in period costume, play with toys from bygone eras, make their own crafts listen to stories and more, The Dexter Parsonage historic home to 12 pastors of the Dexter Avenue King memorial Church from 1920-1992 was restored in 2003. Visitors to the Parsonage will experience the actual residence where Dr. King and his family lived from 1954 to 1960. Freedom Riders Museum learn how 21 young people helped to change our nations history using nonviolent protest. Black and white, male and female, non of them were older than 21. They stepped off the bus at this station knowingly violence would ensue their arrival. Explore works of art inspired by the rides and share your story in our video exhibit.  Civil Rights Memorial Center features a biblical reference to justice quoted by Dr. King , bears the names of 40 men, women and children who lost their lives between 1955 and 1968 in the struggle for racial equality. Discover Montgomery's best kept secret at the Equal Justice Initiative located at former Slave Depot in the heart of commerce street where slaves were kept before auction.  It's a memorable and moving experience!

$23.87 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Delta Wildlife Eco Boat Tour

You'll be treated to a comfortable boat ride with experienced guides and captains.The boat has full cover and enclosure (seasonal) with soft, cushioned seats and backrests, PA System and restroom on board. The knowledgeable staff will narrate the tour and interact with guests through questions and commentary. The varieties of wildlife, mixed with engaging guides ensure that no two tours are alike, you'll want to come back again and again. In addition, these tours depart and return to the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Alabama. This 81 acre nature center boasts nature trails, picnic areas, theater, museum and gift shop. All of these amenities are available at no additional charge.

$20.88 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Alabama Gulf Coast Dolphin Cruise

Once you arrive at Sportsman Marina, you will be greeted with a smile at our check-in booth just outside of Pleasure Island Tiki Bar. As you board the 50 foot Ann-Sea, the deckhand will welcome you and assist any children with life-vests. Find your favorite spot on our upper or lower decks and make yourself comfortable. You are free to move around the boat during the cruise. When the cruise is leaving the dock, Captain Scooter will give you some instructions on safety during the cruise, tell you a little bit about the area and also talk to you about how to spot the dolphin. Relax and enjoy the cruise to the back bays or out into the Gulf Of Mexico. When the dolphin are located, they will usually come swim up beside the boat and put on a pretty spectacular show for us. Video is the best way to capture these fascinating mammals but we have had some customers get some amazing still shots as well. On the return trip from the back bay we will stop to pull a crab trap and see what it may hold. We have found everything from blue crabs, to stone crabs to star fish!! We will remove what is inside and show you how to safely hold it, if you choose. On our daytime cruises, we may also encounter pirates!!! Never fear, we will have a water gun battle to the death! Well, not really, just to the soaking! ;) If the pirates are too scared to be out that day, we have other boats that we do battle with as well. So, bring a towel and be prepared to get refreshed! If you don't care to get wet, we do have a cabin where you can hang out until the battle is won! Speaking of the cabin, ours air conditioned during the summer and we have a snack bar and restroom for your comfort. We have a variety of snacks and drinks in our snack bar along with a few souvenirs. You are welcome to bring a small cooler and we do allow alcohol but we do ask that you be responsible and remember that we are family friendly. We also ask that you not bring glass containers if at all possible. Upon return to the marina, Captain Scooter will tell you about all of the locals favorite restaurants and thank you for joining us. Our deckhand does work for tips so please be prepared to tip 10-15% of your trip total. Being a family owned business we rely on repeat customers, customer referrals and customer feedback to help future visitors make decisions, so we ask that you please rate our company on the sites listed in our followup email. We greatly appreciate our customers and strive to show it!Thank you so much!!

$160.16 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Orange Beach WaveRunner Dolphin Tour

The tour starts at our marina were we give our guests an safety orientation and instructions on the jet ski equipment they will be using. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your reservation time to allow for adequate time to go through paperwork and a safety orientation. The guide will then lead the way out of the marina and into the bay to search for dolphins and other marine wildlife. We have a lot of success finding dolphins so it's best to keep a close eye on the waters. It's not unusual to see dolphins so make sure to keep a safe distance. After the first 60 minutes, the guide will give everyone some free-time to explore on their own and zip around the bay!