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Mobile, AL Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 81
Total Sleeping Rooms 7,400
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 370
Committable Meeting Rooms* 23
Largest Exhibit Space 152,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 100,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $94
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $234
*Maximum for a single hotel

Mobile, AL Meeting Planning Overview

Visitors to the port city of Mobile, one of the oldest in the U.S., will discover the charm and convenience of the Mobile River's “waterfront walkability”. Everything that groups could look for — meeting space, first-class accommodations, and restaurants — is within easy reach of a downtown replete with Spanish, French, African, and Creole heritage and history.

The area is served primarily by Mobile Regional Airport, which has direct flights to Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago, Atlanta, and Charlotte. Nearby airports also servicing Mobile include Gulfport/Biloxi, MS (GPT), and Pensacola, FL (PNS).

Chief among Mobile meeting venues is the beautiful, atrium-style Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center. The convention center offers a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall with private offices for meeting or show planners, 42,000 square feet of meeting rooms and ballroom/banquet facilities, and a 52,000-square-foot pre-function area. The center also features large, secure covered parking, outdoor terraces, and river walks, including the adjacent Cooper Riverside Park, a perfect vantage point for viewing the ship traffic just mere yards away.

The center is connected to a covered skywalk and other walkways leading to the premier hotel venues in Mobile. These include the 373-room Renaissance Riverview Plaza and the adjacent crown jewel of downtown Mobile – the magnificently restored, historic 238-room Battle House, a Renaissance Hotel. These two have a combined meeting space of 70,000 square feet.

Unique special event venues in Mobile include the iconic battleship at the USS Alabama Battleship Park, GulfQuest Maritime Museum (next to the Convention Center), and the Mardi Gras Museum. Several antebellum mansions, such as the Oakleigh House and Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, welcome groups indoors or outside for receptions.

Also within walking distance are Mobile's signature dining venues, Wintzell's Oyster House-Historic Downtown (which can host groups of up to 50), Dauphin’s Restaurant, and Serda's Coffee Company, which frequently host rehearsal dinners. Restaurants serve up an abundance of seafood fresh from the Gulf of Mexico, complemented by locally sourced ingredients.

Outside of Mobile, endless activities for outdoor enthusiasts beckon including kayaking, canoeing, hiking, bird-watching, biking, fishing, tennis, and golf at the award-winning Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Nearby the trail, the 405-room Grand Hotel Marriott Resort & Spa has 35,000 square feet of meeting space in 28 rooms.

If the sight of all that water whets attendees' appetite for more, they can extend their stay with a park-and-cruise package with Carnival Cruise Lines, right down the waterfront from the Convention Center.

About Mobile, AL / Additional Info

Mobile is steeped in history, with an eclectic and colorful mix of cultural, religious, and ethnic influences from the French, Spanish, Creole, British, and African heritages that make it unlike any other city in Alabama. Nine major historic districts include Old Dauphin Way, Oakleigh Garden, Lower Dauphin Street, Leinkauf, De Tonti Square, Church Street East, Ashland Place, Campground, and Midtown. Antebellum architecture features Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, and Creole cottage. Later styles include Victorian, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, Beaux-Arts, and more.

Mobile started as small French outpost. Today, a scaled-down replica of 18th-century stronghold Fort Conde stands as a reminder of how the French colony defended Mobile Bay against invaders for almost 100 years. With the modern skyline of Mobile in the background, visitors can tour the museum and grounds, watch a movie overview of the area, pick up maps, brochures, and guidebooks, and get helpful advice from a knowledgeable staff and costumed guides at the official Mobile Bay Welcome Center. It is a perfect place to begin a Mobile adventure.

Mobile's main industries are aerospace, retail, services, construction, manufacturing, and medicine. The city's population is 195,111 and is at the center of the state's second-largest metropolitan area (with a total Mobile County population of 414,079).

Mobile's annual Carnival is the oldest in the country, making Mobile the birthplace of Mardi Gras – a distinction that residents mention at every opportunity. That's how proud they are of their family-friendly extravaganza when the city opens its feather-bedecked arms to the world for one of the all-time greatest parties in the south. Canceled during the Civil War, Mardi Gras parades were revived by Joe Cain in 1866 when he dressed as a fictional Chickasaw chief and walked the city streets on Fat Tuesday. The most elaborate parades take place in the last two weeks before Ash Wednesday, when krewes, or organizations, sponsor and build floats from which plastic beads, wooden or tin doubloons, candy, Moon Pies, toys, and other "throws" are tossed to the cheering crowds.

As the only seaport in Alabama, waterways are a way of life in Mobile. The city has enjoyed a "waterfront rebirth" to which outdoor enthusiasts flock every year. The Alabama Scenic River Trail is made up of the Alabama, Coosa, Tensaw, Cahaba, and Tennessee rivers and the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and Terrapin, Hatchett, and Weogufka Creeks. It is the nation's longest one-state river trail, attracting paddlers, boaters, fishermen, campers, photographers, and birders from across the country. And where there's water there's seafood. Platters of fresh Gulf shrimp, fish, and oysters, along with prime beef, barbecue, grits, and soul food in waterfront restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and neighborhood bistros tempt diners at every turn.

With such a rich history, visitor attractions abound in a variety of innovative museums, historic homes and churches, and exciting educational activities. The fascinating 90-mile Civil War Trail stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to north Mobile County and documents the Battle of the Bay in 1864. The Museum of Mobile celebrates more than 300 years of history, culture, heritage, and diversity in permanent and traveling exhibits. The poignant African American Heritage Trail reminds visitors of Mobile's past: the early Creoles of African descent; survivors from the last slave ship to enter the United States in 1860; and newly freed slaves who worshipped and built the oldest churches in Alabama – all enhancing an understanding of African Americans' role in Mobile history, which should never be forgotten.

 
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