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Conveniently located in downtown Mobile, Gulf Coast Exploreum is an exceptional regional science center dedicated to promoting science literacy. The non-profit organization offers hands-on, interactive science exhibits and big screen films for all ages.The traveling exhibit at the Exploreum invites the public to experience some of the slimiest, stinkiest, and yuckiest creatures on earth. Free workshops and programs are offered.More than 20 new science exhibits are housed in the Hands-On Hall - the original exhibit gallery. The gallery features push, pull, and tinker, with exhibits dedicated to unraveling the basics of electricity and simple mechanics.Inside the Minds-On Hall, the visitors are allowed to view a virtual fish tank, infrared image exhibits, and construct a roller coaster, and then take it for a ride. Also in Minds-On Hall, the public can explore one of the final frontiers in 3-D.To enjoy a wacky science demonstration led by the Exploreum’s mad scientist, visit the Ciba Lab. Through interactive, hands-on experiences, the science center provides children with learning opportunities.The Exploreum can be a perfect setting to host a birthday party. Camps, overnight adventures, and tour packages are offered as well.The Teachers Resource Center at the Exploreum offers educational programs, curriculum-relevant workshops, and field trips. Interesting gifts inspired by the current exhibits are available at the Exploreum's gift stores.

Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores Until the 1940s, the Gulf Shores area was largely inaccessible beach and wetlands. The completion of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in 1937 provided greater access to the area and spurred tourism and construction. The first hotel on the beach was built in the early 1940s, serviced by a relatively primitive road. The first post office opened in 1947.
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Gulf State Park Beach Shelter The city of Gulf Shores is bisected by State Highway 182, which runs east-west on the south side of Little Lagoon, State Highway 180, which runs east-west on the north side of the waterway, State Highway 135, which runs north-south through Gulf State Park, and State Highway 59, which runs north from the Gulf Coast. Jack Edwards Airport serves general aviation.

The beaches of the Gulf Coast are well-known for their fine white sand and are the major draw for visitors to the area. Gulf State Park, dedicated in 1939, includes a two-mile long stretch of beach and 6,150 acres that can be explored by hiking and biking.

Baldwin County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Baldwin County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2001.


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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held on February 3, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

MOBILE, Ala. - The Drug Enforcement Administration’(DEA’s) national touring exhibit, Drugs: Costs and Consequences, has arrived in Mobile, Alabama. The exhibit, developed by the DEA and the DEA Educational Foundation, opens on February 3, 2017, at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. In this interactive exploration of the effects of drugs on both individuals and society, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the history and the current science behind drug law enforcement, drug prevention, and drug treatment specific to Alabama’s local communities.

“The New Orleans Field Division is pleased that the DEA national touring exhibit will be displayed in Mobile, Alabama, educating communities in the Gulf Coast region on the dangers of drugs and drug abuse and the devastating impact these drugs have in our area. This exhibit will reveal the true story of the damage caused by drugs and give an insight into DEA's fight against deadly drug trafficking organizations,” said Stephen G. Azzam, DEA Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Field Division.

“The Exploreum is proud to bring this exhibition to the Gulf Coast community. It is our hope that every family, school, and community organization will take the time to visit and learn from this exhibition, which could be a truly life-changing experience. This exhibit is first and foremost about science, but also closely ties in family and community elements. It is our role to be a partner in education and a strong leader in the civic life of our region and this exhibit perfectly reflects that. We thank the DEA Educational Foundation, our Honorary Chairs, and all of our sponsors for their work to ensure that this exhibit comes to Mobile and reaches as many lives as possible,” says Exploreum Science Center Executive Director, Jan McKay.

Experienced by more than 22 million visitors in 13 cities across the country, the Drugs: Costs and Consequences exhibit explains the science behind illegal drug addiction, and, the countless costs and consequences of illegal drugs to individuals, American society, and the world. Visitors will learn what drug abuse education and treatment are doing to break the troubling cycle of drugs and drug-related violence. They will view both an actual South American jungle coca processing lab and a re-created Afghan heroin factory. They will also analyze brain-scans in a simulated MRI machine and view real wreckage from a drug-related car accident. A portion of the exhibit will focus specifically on the Gulf Coast Region, exploring the evolution of heroin abuse and enforcement in the area.

“We are excited to bring our newly renovated exhibit, Drugs: Costs and Consequences to the Exploreum Science Center in Mobile, Alabama. With the generous support from the local community and our partner, the Drug Enforcement Administration, our goal is to educate as many students and adults throughout the Gulf Coast region on the devastating effects of drug abuse and addiction,” says William F. Alden, Chairman, DEA Educational Foundation.

Drugs: Costs and Consequences activities are free for Alabama schools with regular paid admission to the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. For dates of specific activities, more information and ticket prices, visit www.exploreum.com. To book school groups please contact Monica Dunklin at 1-251-208-6880 or via email at [email protected] Reimbursement for school buses is available in limited quantity. First come, first serve.

A coalition of corporate, foundation, and individual sponsors, including: Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Mobile County, Providence Hospital/Ascension, Alta Pointe Health Systems, Trustmark Bank, Eichold Family Foundation Fund, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement (DEA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Regions Bank, Infirmary Health, WKRG News 5, Lagniappe, and iHeart Radio bring Drugs: Costs and Consequences to Mobile, Alabama. Honorary chair members include: Mayor Sandy Stimpson, State Representative Adline Clarke, Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne, State Senator Vivian Davis Figures, and Exploreum Board President, Robert S. Frost. The exhibit was developed in partnership with The DEA Educational Foundation, The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and The Partnership for a Drug Free America. It premiered September 11, 2002, at the DEA Museum in Arlington, Virginia.

About the Exploreum Science Center: With numerous interactive exhibits, thought-provoking larger-than-life IMAX films, and fun, hands-on educational programming, the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center aspires to increase science literacy among the people of south Alabama and the Gulf Coast region, residents and visitors alike. By sparking imagination, creating curiosity and instilling a sense of wonder in the world, the Exploreum has been a cornerstone of informal learning on the Gulf Coast since its inception more than 30 years ago. With the continued support of the community-visionary civic leaders, generous donors, contributing members, and volunteers-the Exploreum is able to bring the world of science to the Gulf Coast.

About the DEA Traveling Exhibition: Drugs: Costs and Consequences, formerly Target America, began its national tour in 2002 and comes to Mobile with a section specific to the Gulf Coast region. The “Alabama story” looks at the history of drug trends and law enforcement’s responses throughout the Gulf Coast over recent decades. A local resource center will also be available within the exhibit providing information on drug abuse awareness, prevention, rehabilitation, and more. The exhibit also displays rubble from the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, testaments of the relationship between drug trafficking and terrorism.

Gulf Coast Exploreum Mobile AL

The Gulf Coast Exploreum “Museum of Science” first opened its doors in 1983. Within four years, the center became so popular it outgrew the original site, and it was determined that the historic downtown of Mobile, Ala., would be well suited for an expanded science center and IMAX Dome Theater.

11 years of planning and three years of construction later, the Exploreum made its home at today’s facility on Government Street, between Royal and Water Streets.

Inside, you’ll discover so much to explore – including three permanent exhibits: My BodyWorks, the most advanced health gallery in the nation, with a 12 ft. tall beating heart Hands On Hall, an interactive look inside the basics of electricity, simple mechanics, magnetism and more and the Wharf of Wonder, a whimsical waterfront setting featuring a sea vessel, lighthouse and fish market.

Josh Holland, Director of Marketing and Design for the Exploreum, shared his time to chat with us about the history – and bright future – of the Gulf Coast’s greatest science center.

In addition to the permanent exhibits, there are ever-rotating activities to explore, he tells us.

“The new BASF Kids’ Lab and Science Squad Headquarters houses five live reptile displays and is home to a squad of scientific superheroes, who perform exciting experiments alongside the Exploreum’s education staff,” Holland says. “Another recent addition is Scratch Factory, a 6,500 square foot exhibit that sparks curiosity and inspires playful innovation.”

Within the Scratch Factory, visitors have access to a dozen activity stations where you can design and test a parachute, construct and race paper airplanes, build a marble roller coaster, play with an oversized ‘Lite-Brite’ and much more.

Holland says there are too many things to do at the Exploreum to pick a favorite. But, when pressed …

“I love the experience of a new film on the IMAX Dome. It is only one of just a few dozen in the world and a totally different experience from a “normal” curved IMAX screen,” he admits. “In terms of exhibits, I love the giant ‘Lite-Brite.’ Our Imagination Playground (think giant foam Tinker Toys) is a favorite, too. Some of our specialty classes and camps are very cool, too. We are always planning and adding great things here. It’s a very exciting place to work!”

It’s about to get even more exciting, as the Exploreum was awarded a grant from Airbus that will allow the center to purchase 15 3D printers. They are currently working out plans to allow visitors to learn about the innovative machines and experiment with the world of 3D printing.

If you’re reluctant to leave the beach, Holland says (and we agree) it’s worth the trip.

“A lot of people have the misconception that we are just a children’s museum and we are anything but that,” he says. “One of the best things about our facility is that it is pretty much all indoors. That means that rain or shine, hot or cold, we are open and a great place to get out of the elements and have some fun while learning, too.”

It’s worth mentioning that the Exploreum is a nonprofit museum, which means it relies on support from the community and visitors. So, if you feel inspired, give back to the place that is bound to give you an experience to remember.

The Exploreum’s dedicated staff focuses on bringing science-based learning to their guests, and doing it in a way that’s tons of fun and memorable – not always an easy task, Holland tells us. (They certainly make it look easy.)

Explore more than the shore when you visit the Exploreum today. Located at 65 Government Street in Mobile, you can check out the Exploreum website before you arrive, or call (251) 208-6873 with any questions.

The royal scam – mobile, AL

It was a Monday, and I had gone in to work at 4:00AM. I got off at noon and had planned on coming home and cooking a frozen pizza or something. Nikki was off and suggested that we check out the Penguin Planet exhibit at the Exploreum instead. I couldn’t think of a good reason to turn her down, so she picked me up and we headed downtown… for lunch first of course.

The Royal Scam sits conveniently near the corner of Government and Royal Streets and is within walking distance of downtown landmarks such as the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, Hampton Inn, Gulf Coast Exploreum, History Museum of Mobile, Fort Conde Welcome Center, and the Mobile Convention Center.

The space is a good size, not too big and not too small. We kept seeing people appear from the back of the restaurant and we eventually realized that there is a covered courtyard in the back. In hindsight, I wish we had gone back there to snap some pictures, but oh well.

The menu offers a pretty good lunch selection for a smaller place: appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, desserts… as well as fancier stuff like duck, filet mignon, and fresh fish.

We both ordered from the sandwiches section. All sandwiches are served with two sides. Nikki ordered the grilled chicken panini ($9.99) with Asian noodle salad and fries. Nikki loves chicken by the way… fun fact. I had a bite of the panini. I think she was more impressed than I was. It wasn’t bad by any means, I think I just liked my selection more.

I went with the seared tuna wrap ($9.99) with fries and mango salad. The mango salad was interesting and I really liked it. Basically it’s mango… hopefully fresh… marinated in something, with flecks of some kind of red pepper… I sound really educated right now. But my point is that personally I love mango, and this was a great combination of sweet and heat. The mango is served on a bed of greens that I didn’t really care about. Who wants to eat greens after you’ve had mango?

The only criticism I have is that there are only 4 side items available, and two of them (Asian slaw and mango salad) seemed to be in my wrap. First of all, I don’t think it would kill them to add a few more sides to the menu. Also if someone orders a menu item that actually contains those sides, maybe give the guest a heads-up so their meal isn’t so redundant. But fortunately for the Royal Scam, everything was well executed so we didn’t mind so much.

72 S. Royal Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Mobile Museum of Art

The permanent collection at the Mobile Museum of Art is most impressive, inviting patrons to learn more about not only local history, but also international art and design. At the Smith Crafts Gallery, for example, you will discover pieces of 19th- and 20th-century ceramics, silver and wood. Surrounded by so many gorgeous items, your children may be inspired to become artists themselves.

So plan now for a getaway that includes grandparents, parents and children. Take a look at the 4-bedroom condos that offer plenty of space for a few days of relaxation and family bonding at the beach. You may even call it your best vacation ever!


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Fat Daddy’s Arcade

Fat Daddy’s Arcade is wall-to-wall action, excitement, and fun games for everyone in the group. Test your luck with the MegaDrop or challenge your friends to a game of intensely competitive air hockey! Fat Daddy’s also features classic games like Pac Man as well as new thrills like the Walking Dead and American Idol!

But wait, there’s more. The more you play the more you win, so do your best to save up those tickets and head over to the rewards zone for a great payoff. Have fun, get rewarded, and keep on winning. Need we say more?

From creole gumbo to MoonPies

Mobile’s downtown and historic neighborhoods are lined with eclectic dining establishments — from Irish pubs and oyster houses to Creole cafes and upscale restaurants. For casual chic, foodies head for Kitchen on George in the Oakleigh Garden District, serving locally sourced, seasonal cuisine and creative small plates. For urban ambiance, the newly opened Dauphin’s restaurant is a standout for skyline views from the 34th floor of Trustmark Bank, and its gumbo z’herb is possibly the best in town.

The café at GulfQuest Museum boasts the only waterfront dining in the city, but Felix’s Fish Camp on the causeway offers bayside dining where patrons often catch sight of an alligator nestled in the dunes. Felix’s is the place to go for catch-of-the-day and local favorites, including West Indies salad, made with fresh lump crabmeat and vinaigrette. Another seafood icon, the historical Wintzell’s Oyster House, touts the best variety of oysters — served “fried, stewed or nude.”

Oddly enough, the MoonPie has been a Mobile favorite since 1952, when the chocolate marshmallow treat made by Chattanooga Bakery became the treasured throw at Mardi Gras parades. Its popularity led to MoonPie desserts featured on Mobile menus and the city's famed New Year’s Eve event, MoonPie Over Mobile. As such, a replica of a giant MoonPie suspends from a downtown high-rise — both a curiosity and an emblem of the city’s vibrant spirit.

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