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jrc1963 posted 2/22/2014 15:50 PM

Anyone have any suggestions...

We're going in Mid March for the express purpose of touring the Battleship Alabama and the Sub, The Drum. But will probably have a bit of time on one day to kill.

We're traveling with our 12 year old DS.


mandala posted 2/23/2014 00:30 AM

You may want to check out the Gulf Coast Explorium. Science museum. Depending on which exhibit is there you might be interested. They have permanent and traveling exhibits/activities.

Some of the activities are designed for a little younger kid, but some are cool enough for 12 year olds. Ive been there with both 5th and 6th grade field trips, as well as the family. They also have an IMAX theater there. Might have something good playing.

Watch your head on the battleship. Speaking from experience, here.

jrc1963 posted 2/23/2014 08:14 AM

Watch your head on the battleship. Speaking from experience, here.

Yes I know... I've toured destroyers and air craft carriers... I have almost whacked my head a few times. Not that it'll do much damage.

Amazonia posted 2/23/2014 08:53 AM (although I'm not sure...are you a disc golf person? )

medicinetaker posted 2/27/2014 10:04 AM

Make the 45 minute drive to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach. The beaches are beautiful and there are very nice state parks with public beach access and bathrooms all along the stretch from Gulf Shores to the Florida line.

pmal64 posted 2/27/2014 12:01 PM

if y'all are into history and the Revolutionary and Civil war era - Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island is neat (of course, it has been 25 years since I have been there)

-and if the Azaleas are blooming, just drive around! gorgeous!

[This message edited by pmal64 at 12:21 PM, February 27th (Thursday)]

Lyonesse posted 3/1/2014 18:33 PM

After touring the battleship, drive out the Causeway for dinner at Ed's. It is on the water and a great place to watch the sun go down. Just a few minutes away and anyone at the memorial park can tell you how to get there.

There is a Mardi Gras museum near downtown, but I don't know if a 12 y.o. boy would be interested.

The battleship and the submarine were great - I don't even like that sort of thing but they were fascinating. You can go in the engine room and into the base of the big guns. However, I recommend you book a massage or take a bunch of ibuprofen, because the next day our knees and calves were killing us. There are so many levels to go up and down. I really don't know how the guys who served on that ship did it.

betrayedfriend posted 3/2/2014 00:25 AM

There's a neat airplane museum on the grounds too :) drive a few hours north east and hit up Montgomery AL, there's a place called Tucker's pecan company... Yummiest ice cream and pecan everything you can buy.

heforgotme posted 3/2/2014 15:59 PM

Bellingrath Gardens is supposed to be awesome, tho I've never been there.

There's an amazing museum on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola (45 - 60 mins away). If you go to Gulf Shores you could easily combine the two.

Mrs Panda posted 3/2/2014 16:40 PM

Dreamland barbecue!!!! Best in the South

jrc1963 posted 3/2/2014 18:21 PM

We are driving up... so there's no reason we can't hit Pensacola or Gulf Shores.

heforgotme posted 3/2/2014 21:20 PM

We are in the area, so PM if you would like to meet. Always anxious to meet an SIer IRL

bbee posted 3/2/2014 22:28 PM

I second Dreamland Barbecue. I've only been to the original in Tuscaloosa, but their ribs are pretty dang tasty. And Fort Gaines is really cool if you're into history.

[This message edited by bbee at 10:30 PM, March 2nd (Sunday)]

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