Mobile is the third most populous city in Alabama with rich history and culture. If you are a real history buff, specially World War II history then you would enjoy even moment of your trip to USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, located just off interstate 10, exits 17 or 30 in Mobile, Alabama. This is one of the finest military parks in the nation. If you bring your family then it will be a very interesting day out for them as well. This 175 acre Memorial Park offers much more than just the battleship. You will find the USS Alabama battleship and Submarine USS Drum at the Park, both open for touring. The visitors can take a self-guided tour of the 680-foot long battleship and the 312-foot long submarine and get a great insight into how service personnel lived on these ships and the conditions they endured. There are total three self guided tours on board that are well done. The park's 36,000 square foot aircraft pavilion is home to 24 rare historic aircraft from the past seven decades. The aircraft museum offers fun and exciting exhibition. If you have kids they will love the view of the cockpits of the planes and play with the flight simulator. At the park, you will also see tanks, a Vietnam River Patrol Boat, and a plane like the one flown by the Tuskegee Airmen.
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There are many tourist attractions such as parks, museums, gardens and historic architecture waiting to be explored. The Mobile Museum of Art is one such place. Located in the beautiful Langan Park, the Mobile Museum of Art is the largest art museum along the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Tampa. The museum features wide variety of art collections from the Southern United States, the Americas, Europe, and non-western art. Expanded in 2002, the 95,000 square foot facility is set for permanent collection of over 9,000 works as well as traveling exhibitions and regional art exhibits. If you like nature and trees then you will find yourself at the Bellingrath Gardens, a 65-acre botanical garden located on the Fowl River. Visitors will see blooming flowers as they stroll through rose garden, butterfly garden, rockery, formal gardens and Oriental and American gardens. Bellingrath Home is also located within the vicinity of the gardens, showcases expansive collection of priceless antiques, furniture, crystal and silver. You can take a tour to the home and get insight into the lives of Bellingrath couple and how they were inspired to create this horticultural masterpiece. You can also take a short drive to Dauphin Island, miles of white sandy beaches. You can shop around or go to restaurants or relax in the campgrounds of this small island community.