Local Places to Check Out Before 2021 is Over

As the 2021 year comes to a wrap and the holiday vacation times ensue, it is important that you and your family are aware of all the local activities you can enjoy. Before you get ahead on all your New Year's resolutions for 2022, try to close out the year with family-friendly, interesting to-dos in the Mobile / Baldwin County area. From unique museums to botanical gardens, there is plenty to see before the new year gets going! 

Historic Blakeley State Park (Spanish Fort, AL) 

Blakeley State Park is situated in one of the most ecologically diverse sections of Alabama and dedicated to preserving its natural setting as a unique wildlife preserve. The vast 3,800-acre Historic Site originates back to 1974 and has more to offer than just beautiful hiking and running views. They have rustic biking and horseback riding trails so the kids can get some fresh air, exercise and enjoy the stunning horses stride by. No one knows the waters of the scenic and historic Mobile-Tensaw Delta better than the licensed captions of Historic Blakeley State Park’s Delta Explorer! They offer regular excursions through tranquil waterways where you can be guided through the diverse ecosystem and bay wildlife. Go to their site and check out their low admission prices, dates and times today! 

Mobile Botanical Gardens (Mobile, AL) 

Most people, even locals, are unaware that Mobile sits in the middle of the biologically richest part of North America. At Mobile Botanical Gardens, you can learn about the diversity of local plants and wildlife, see in one place the largest collections of plants on the Gulf Coast, and enjoy the serenity and beauty of nature. They have over 100-acres of paved garden areas, woodland gardens, and trails that include the most expansive collections of Azaleas and Japanese Maples in the Southeast. They have interactive ‘Artful Gardens,’ picnic style dining, and guided tours as well! Since they cater to plants in bloom year round, there is always something to see. They offer maps and guides on their website so you can plan your visit and optimize your botanical experience. 

Fairhope French Quarter (Fairhope, AL) 

In the heart of the lovely downtown city of Fairhope is the home to the largest crape myrtle in the South, locally known as the Alabama Champion Tree, where you can enjoy the beautiful cobblestone courtyard, listen to music and browse more than 12 of Fairhope’s unique shops and eateries in one place! Indulge yourself with Alabama’s top 100 restaurant picks at the famous Panini Pete’s or the decadent selections of fine chocolates and sweets at Fairhope Chocolate. Unique boutiques and amazing local art galleries also await you around the corner. Named for its quaint similarities to the French Quarter in New Orleans, this is a perfect day trip location to bring friends or families for brunch or afternoon strolls. 

History Museum Of Mobile (Mobile, AL) 

Conveniently located in historic downtown Mobile and just a walking distance from popular hotels and restaurants, the Mobile Convention Center, and the Forte Conde Welcome Center is the grand History Museum of Mobile. Learning about Mobile’s history is made fun and intriguing

in this interactive experience that has permanent and seasonal exhibit galleries, making it a new experience if you go throughout the year. Check out the city of Mobile from its birth to now in the History of Mobile in 22 Objects exhibit, using unexpected and compelling objects to weave together over 300 years of Mobile history. One of their newest exhibits, The Vikings Begin, invites visitors to the martial, maritime, and magic-filled world of Norse society and artifacts. This exhibition brings to life cutting-edge research into some of history’s most fascinating people. They have guided tours, audio tours, and interactive stations that bring Mobile’s culture together from the kings and queens of Mardi Gras to the faces that made existence there possible! 

Daphne’s Gator Boardwalk (Daphne, AL) 

Located at the mouth of Mobile Bay right below I-65 is a raised boardwalk where you, family, and friends can view the famous Mobile alligators, fish, turtles, and other wildlife in one of the area’s most appealing day trip attractions. They recently updated the pathway to a state-of-the-art half-mile boardwalk over D’Olive Creek that leads to a beautiful butterfly garden. Make sure not to litter and definitely do not feed the alligators for everyone’s safety! After enjoying the wildlife and fresh air you can then go across the street to Daphne’s Jubilee Square where you can eat and shop at popular well-known businesses!

Choose a community with plenty to see and do all year long! Our residents love it here and we know you will too. If you’re looking for a place to call home, call Bay Breeze Apartment Homes today to schedule an appointment at (251) 621-9150 or visit us online to learn more.

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