San Antonio has the Alamo, D.C. has the Smithsonian, and Huntsville has NASA. But what about Mobile? Everyone has driven past the battleship on their war back and forth across the bay, but if you haven't been there yet, trust me. you need to go!
Sometimes locals can taken for granted having the USS Alabama right here in our backyard, but I don't think everyone realizes just how much history is wrapped into the the ship. The USS Alabama saw more than three years of active duty during WWII and earned nine battle stars for her service to the Allied Forces. The ship wasn't just a commercial sail boat, the USS Alabama was a fighter. While away, the battleship saw action off the coast of Japan and other areas in the Pacific. The ship also still holds the record for the longest ton/mile tow in history when it was brought home to stay in Alabama.
Also located on the property is a submarine, the USS Drum, which is also from WWII. And planes! There are a dozen or more planes and helicopters to view and take in.
Living in Mobile, we often forget the significance of something like the Battleship, but even if you don't care much for history, taking a day trip to the park, which is located on the Causeway, is a great way to spend an afternoon. There are a few pieces of American aircraft and some awesome military equipment on display.
Take some time and appreciate our area with a visit to Battleship Park, you won't regret it and I promise you'll be surprised with how much you learn! I took my boys and they loved climbing all over the ship and investigating the various rooms. This is definitely a fun way to spend the day.comments powered by Disqus