2024 Mobile Bay Magazine Bucket List

There is no excuse for being bored in 2024. Take advantage of everything Mobile and Baldwin counties have to offer, and check them off as you go!

Dew Drop Dog // Photo Courtesy Elizabeth Gelineau
Spring Hill College // Photo from “The Homes of Spring Hill”

ο Eat a bag of peanuts from A&M Peanut Shop in a newly renovated Bienville Square while the squirrels watch with interest

ο Feed part of your cheeseburger to a dog at Pirates Cove

ο Say hello to the almost-tame pelicans on the end of the Fairhope Pier, and catch a sunset while you’re at it

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ο Have a bushwacker with a topper at the Flora-Bama

ο Watch Mobile Ballet’s rendition of the Nutcracker come December

ο Have a cup of turtle soup at Felix’s 

ο Dance in the street at Fairhope First Friday Art Walk

ο Catch a concert in the sand on Dauphin Island

ο Hit the Fairhope Lighting of the Trees for a little south Alabama “snow” and a chance to mail your letter to Santa

ο Have a Dew Drop dog with all the fixins and a side of onion rings

ο Walk the Downtown streets at LODA ArtWalk

ο Grab a cone from Mr. Gene’s Beans and window shop in downtown Fairhope

ο Stop by the Church Street Graveyard to watch the Widows of Joe Cain on Mardi Gras Sunday

ο Test your drivers at Top Golf

ο Wave at your costumed furry friends in the Mystic Mutts of Revelry parade

ο Pick up a to-go box of baklava from the Mobile Greek Fest

ο Put on your pointed hat and lots of glitter for the annual Fairhope Witches’ Ride

ο Marvel at the majestic trees on Spring Hill College’s Avenue of Oaks

ο Try your hand at throwing a mullet at the annual Flora-Bama “toss”

ο Cheer on the Jags at a football game in Hancock Whitney Stadium

ο Eat a sack of oysters straight off the boat in Bayou La Batre

ο Free the tatas and run the Causeway to support breast cancer research with Bras Across the Causeway

ο Indulge in a box of heavenly hash at the Visitation Gift Shop 

ο Catch one of each: speckled trout, redfish, crab, mullet, flounder

ο Sip an alfresco cocktail by the Bay at the Grand Hotel while the kids play a round of croquet or horseshoes

ο Eat a MoonPie while standing in the street

ο Ride the ferry from Fort Morgan to Fort Gaines and back again

ο Write a thank you note to a teacher, first responder or military person

ο Create art alongside professional artists at the Mobile Museum of Art

ο Enjoy date night 434 feet in the air overlooking the city at Dauphin’s 

ο Reel in a big one during the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

ο Watch the fireworks over the water on the Fourth of July

ο Indulge in a spa day at the Battlehouse Hotel

ο Ride the Ferris wheel at The Wharf in Gulf Shores

ο Buy a can of wine from Greer’s and drink it on the rooftop while overlooking the city 

ο Use the secret password to enter Las Floriditas through its hidden bookcase door 

ο Walk through the twinkling lights and swaying tree branches at Bellingrath’s Magic Christmas in Lights

ο Vote

ο Visit R&R for fresh crawfish, or better yet, take home some critters and host your own boil

ο Shop the monthly estate sale at Olde Mobile Antiques and then grab a charcuterie board at the Cheese Cottage

ο Chow down at the German Sausage Festival in Elberta

ο Visit the area’s magnificent historic house museums: Charlotte Conde, Oakleigh, Swift-Coles Historic Home

ο Cruise the Delta on a trip from Blakely State Park

ο Ride a Lime scooter around Downtown (but check that your insurance is up to date first)

ο Come for the art at the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival, stay for the lemonades and kettle corn

ο Watch an IMAX movie at the Exploreum Science Center

ο Stop by the Food Pak for a muffuletta

ο Dunk your beignets in buttercream sauce at Mo’ Bay Beignet or top them with a squeeze of lemon at Panini Pete’s

ο Fight for a stuffed animal in a parade but then give it to a little kid nearby

ο Run with the man in red at the annual Santa Run at Carpe Diem

Bluegill Restaurant // Photo by Andy Deas
Little Lending Library // Photo by Summer Ennis Ansley

ο Head to the Bluegill by boat for Sunday live music and charbroiled oysters

ο Commune with the cat at the Haunted Book Shop

ο Catch a show on the bluff with Eastern Shore Repertory Theater

ο Give someone a half-dozen sweet ‘n salty cookies from Bake My Day for absolutely no reason

ο Pick up some fresh catch in Bon Secour

ο Vote for your favorite king cake at the annual King Cake-Off

ο Listen to the Mobile Symphony Orchestra while marveling at the gilded decoration inside the Saenger Theater

ο Dress up and attend a Mardi Gras ball you’ve never been to before

ο Get a wedgie going down a slide at OWA’s indoor water park

ο Read “With the Old Breed” by Eugene Sledge again or for the first time

ο Wear some green at Callaghan’s on St. Patrick’s Day

ο Donate a book to a little lending library

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