Mobile and the surrounding area is home to several fantastic museums, and from old fire trucks, fine arts and the downright different, this city has a lot to see for all kinds of eclectic tastes.

The fighting spirit of Alabama is alive at the World War II Battleship, the USS Alabama. She served with distinction during the war, and was the winner of nine battle stars, and is now a permanent museum, one of only a few that allows visitors to stroll the vast decks and explore the ship to see what it was like to serve on these fine battleships that were the pride of the US Navy. The ship is kept company by the WWII submarine USS Drum, as well as an impressive collection of aircraft, tanks and other vehicles. The museum is open daily from October to March from 8am until 4pm, and until 6pm from April until September.

You can step back in time with several of the nearby museums, such as the Phoenix Fire Company, which is a restored firehouse that actually dates back to 1855 and is features a collection of steamers and engines from the 19 th century. For something completely different there is the Mobile Medical Museum , which includes a collection of instruments and equipment that date back to the early 18 th century! The restored museum is housed in a residence that dates back to 1827, and is listed in the Historic American Buildings Survey of National Parks and included on the National Register of Historic Places.

And if you can’t make it for Mardi Gras you can get the flavor of this annual event at the Carnival Museum, which features a collection of past robes, floats and other artifacts by years gone by.

Lastly, if you are staying in the Mobile metro area, stop by the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center to see an IMAX film in a domed theater or experience the more than 150 interactive activities. The new "My BodyWorks" health gallery is the most technologically advanced health exhibit in the entire country.