Gift memories this holiday season with these 8 experiences around Mobile

View Of Mobile Skyline From Uss Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
View of Mobile skyline from USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. Photo by Liv George for The Bama Buzz.

Nailing a Christmas present can be hard, especially for those family members who seem to have it all already. I mean, what do you buy your dad, who already buys himself anything he wants? What does grandma really want? Well, for some family members all that matters is spending time together, so we gathered 11 ideas to give the gift of making new memories this holiday season in and around Mobile.

1. An afternoon (or season pass) to The Park at OWA

Perfect gift for: the thrill-seeker in your family

Prices: $24.99 per day with free non-rider passes; $80 for a season pass

Address: 1501 S OWA Blvd, Foley, AL 36535

More info: Facebook | Website | Tickets

OWA is the perfect family gift. With over 500 acres and 20 attractions, OWA is sure to fill your day with fun. Visit Santa, ride a roller coaster, have some freshly-popped kettle corn, see a live music performance, and so much more. You won’t regret a family trip to The Park at OWA.

2. Break out of an escape room at TK Escape

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You too can be a winner like this group at TK Escape! Photo via TK Escape

Perfect gift for: someone who loves puzzles

Prices: $30 per person per game

Address: 450 Dauphin Street Mobile, AL 36602

More info: Website | Facebook | Book Now

Grab the whole family, put on your Sherlock hats, and break out of downtown Mobile’s own escape room at TK Escape. They’ve got 3 escape rooms:

  1. The Missing Playbook: Find your missing coach’s playbook and build your roster before the big game. 8/10 difficulty, 2-4 players
  2. The Battle at the Fort: Break into the colonel’s office to grab documents before the enemy spies get you. 5/10 difficulty, 2-8 players
  3. Philosopher’s Stone: Pass a series of magical tests to find the mythical philosopher’s stone. 10/10 difficulty, 2-4 players

3. Brewery/winery tour

Perfect Gift for: a wine snob or a beer lover

Have a fun night with some wineries or breweries (or both, we won’t judge). Luckily, Mobile has a bunch to offer! We have some guides published already, but here’s a short list of some wine/beer places you need to check out:

  • Braided River Brewing Co
    • Address: 420 St Louis St, Mobile, AL 36602
    • Hours: Tues-Thurs: 4-9 p.m. | Fri: 3-10 p.m. | Sat: 12-10 p.m. | Sun: 12-6 p.m.
    • More info: Facebook | Website
  • Old Majestic Brewing
    • Address: 656 St. Louis Street, Mobile, AL, 36602
    • Hours: Mon-Wed: 4 p.m.-9 p.m. | Thurs: 3 p.m.-10 p.m. | Fri: 3 p.m.-11 p.m. | Sat: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Sun: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
    • More info: Website | Facebook
  • Iron Hand Brewing
    • Address: 206 State Street, Mobile, AL, 36602
    • Hours: Closed Mon & Tues | Wed & Thurs: 4 p.m.-9 p.m | Fri & Sat: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Sun: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
    • More info: Facebook
  • Red or White Mobile
    • Hours: Monday (retail only) 10:30 a.m-5:30 p.m. | Tuesday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. | Friday-Saturday 10:30 a..m.-9:30 p.m.
    • More info: Website | Facebook
  • Domke Market
    • Address: 720 Schillinger Rd S #8, Mobile, AL, 36695
    • Hours: Mon-Wed 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • More info: Website | Facebook
  • Firehouse Wine Bar & Shop
    • Address: 216 St Francis St, Mobile, AL, 36602
    • Hours: Tues-Thurs: 3-11 p.m. | Fri & Sat: 3 p.m.-12 a.m. | Sunday 2-9 p.m.
    • More info: Website | Facebook

4. Visit some museums

Perfect gift for: a history buff

Mobile is so full of history, you can barely go on a walk downtown without running into a museum! With that in mind, you can take your pick of Mobile’s fabulous museums as a gift for your history-loving friend or relative. Here’s just a few museums you can choose from:

  • History Museum of Mobile
    • Address: 111 S Royal St, Mobile, AL 36602
    • Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Sun: 1-4:30 p.m.
    • Prices: Start at $5 for children over 5, $10 for adults. First Sunday of the month is free admission
    • More info: Website | Facebook | Book Now
  • Mobile Museum of Art
    • Address: 4850 Museum Dr, Mobile, AL 36608
    • Hours: Closed Sun & Mon | Tues-Sat: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Prices: Starts at $8 for kids and $12 for adults
    • More info: Website | Facebook | Pricing
  • Mobile Carnival Museum
    • Address: 355 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602
    • Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Closed Tues, Thurs, Sun
    • Prices: Starts at $3 for kids, $8 for adults
    • More info: Facebook | Website | Pricing
  • USS Alabama
    • Address: 2703 Battleship Pkwy, Mobile, AL 36603
    • Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. every day
    • Prices: Starts at $6 for kids, $15 for adults
    • More info: Facebook | Website | Book Now
  • GulfQuest National Martime Museum
    • Address: 155 S Water St, Mobile, AL 36602
    • Hours: Closed Sun-Tues | Wed-Sat: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Prices: Starts at $6 for kids, $10 for adults
    • More info: Website | Facebook | Pricing
  • Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center
    • Address: 65 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602
    • Hours: Closed Sun-Tues | Wed-Sat: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Prices: Starts at $8 for kids, $13 for adults. You can buy add-on experiences too
    • More info: Facebook | Website | Prices

5. Embrace the outdoors at a garden

Perfect gift for: the gardener in your life

We’re lucky here in Mobile to be surrounded by so much natural beauty. Give the gift of the great outdoors ts holiday season at one of these gardens:

  • Mobile Botanical Gardens
    • Address: 5151 Museum Drive, Mobile, AL 36608
    • Hours: Closed Mon & Tue | Wed & Fri: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Thurs: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sat: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Sun: 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
    • Pricing: Starts at $3 for kids, $8 for adults. Membership packages start at $40
    • More info: Website | Facebook | Pricing | Membership
  • Bellingrath Gardens & Home
    • Address: 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
    • Hours: Every day, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Pricing: Starts at $8 for kids, $14 for adults. Membership packages start at $50
    • More info: Website | Facebook | Pricing | Membership

6. Go on a cruise

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This could be your boat! Photo via Carnival Cruises

Perfect gift for: someone looking for adventure

Prices: As low as $238 per person

More info: Booking website

Who doesn’t love a bit of traveling adventure? Luckily for us with the travel bug, Carnival Cruises launch out of Mobile. With 3-day cruises starting at just $238 per person, it’s a no-brainier gift if it’s in your budget.

7. Spend a night in a historic bed & breakfast

Perfect gift for: someone who needs a night away from home

With all of Mobile’s history comes some pretty awesome historic B&Bs to stay in. Here’s some of your choices for a night surrounded by history:

  • The Kate Shepard House Bed & Breakfast
  • Fort Conde Inn
    • Address: 165 St Emanuel St, Mobile, AL 36602
    • Pricing: Starts around $149/night
    • More info: Website | Facebook | Book Now

8. Visit an art gallery

Perfect gift for: an art lover

Mobile is a huge cultural arts center. Whether that be LoDa Artwalk every mnth or the man brick-and-mortar art galleries, there’s no shortage of awesome art in Mobile. Here’s a couple art galleries to explore:

  • Sophiella Gallery
    • Address: 111 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36602
    • Hours: Closed Sun & Mon | Tues-Fri: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sat: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • More info: Facebook | Website
  • Sarah Otts Gallery
    • Address: 4513 B, Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36608
    • Hours: Closed Sat-Mon | Tues-Thurs: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Fri: 10 a.m.-4 p..m.
    • More info: Facebook | Website
  • Lupercalia Art Society
    • Address: 358 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36602
    • Hours: Sun-Tues: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Closed Wed | Thurs-Sat: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • More info: Facebook | Website

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