Bus Trip to Old Mobile, Alabama’s First European Settlement

Saturday, April 29th
For reservations call 251-626-5581

In honor of the kick-off of local efforts to celebrate Alabama's Bicentennial, Historic Blakeley State Park is offering a bus trip to one of the state's most important historic sites. On Saturday, April 29 th , we gather in the parking lot in front of Cooper Riverside Park in downtown Mobile (Water Street, adjacent to the Mobile Convention Center) to take a charter bus up to the site of Old Mobile, the original French settlement along the Mobile River founded in 1702. The town served as the capital of French Louisiana until it was relocated to the current site of Mobile in 1711. The site is not ordinarily accessible to the public, so you do not want to miss this rare opportunity!

Dr. Gregory Waselkov, director of the University of South Alabama's Center for Archaeological Studies and the man who has spent decades investigating and writing about the site, will be our guide through the streets of Alabama's first European settlement. Reflecting the historic date of the city's founding, tickets are priced at $17.02!

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Civil War Battles of Blakeley and Spanish Fort “Surf and Turf Tour”

Thursday, May 25th
9:00-noon AM
$40 for adults/$20 for children 6-12
For reservations call 251-626-5581

Join us for special historic tours by land and sea as we discover the major battlefields of Alabama's largest Civil War campaign—the 1865 Campaign for Mobile. Participants will enjoy two guided excursions, each approximately an hour and a half in length.

Guests will enjoy BOTH:

A relaxing excursion along the waters of the scenic Tensaw River aboard the Delta Explorer , during which they will be treated to a narrated cruise exploring the battlefields of Blakeley and Spanish Fort, guardians of the approaches to Civil War Mobile and scene of some of the fiercest fighting during the war in Alabama. Along the cruise, we will also learn about the numerous Confederate and Union warships which vied for control of area waterways during the contest as well as some of the defensive positions within the lower delta accessible only by water.

A bus tour of the battlefield at nearby Spanish Fort , just a few miles down the road from Blakeley. While much of this important battlefield has been lost to development, crucial portions remain preserved and several historic markers document key positions. We'll make two quick stops to see some of the more impressive earthworks that remain which figured into the heaviest of the fighting.

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National Military Appreciation Month

In recognition of the fact that May is National Military Appreciation Month, Blakeley is proud to welcome all active duty military personnel or veterans with individual complimentary admission for the day on Saturday, May 20 th (Armed Forces Day) and Monday, May 29 th (Memorial Day) . (Valid military i.d. or proof of service required). Also, active duty personnel and veterans wishing to attend our cruises on either May 20 th or May 25 th will receive a $5 discount on their individual ticket price.

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