10 Things to Do in Theodore That You Shouldn't Miss

November 19, 2017 Alice Mieles

Theodore is a census-designated place (CDP) in Mobile County, Alabama, United States. The population was 6,130 at the 2010 census. It is a part of the Mobile metropolitan statistical area. Prior to 1900 this area was known as Clements, but is now named for William Theodore Hieronymous (a sawmill operator and postmaster).
Restaurants in Theodore

1. Bellingrath Gardens and Home

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd, Theodore, AL 36582-8460 +1 800-247-8420
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4.5 based on 658 reviews

Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Enjoy 65 acres of year-round floral pageantry in a Southern estate garden with blooms and beauties every day of the year. It is our passion at Bellingrath Gardens and Home to preserve and enhance the 65-acre garden and grand estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath.

Reviewed By Michael M

We visited late January so the floral displays were quite limited. Very quiet place and we enjoyed walking the grounds and hit the docks overlooking the bay or estuary. We were pleasantly surprised by the collections of porcelain in the home. After spending a fews years in Europe we enjoy looking at this art. Their collection is quite extensive and they have amazing pieces. Probably a great reference for the next PBS historama director or costume designer working to replicate 19th century German/Czech/French fashions of the day. Don't miss Edward Boehm's ceramic/porcelain wildlife collection in the building across the path from the home. Incredible sculptures.

2. Battleship USS ALABAMA

2703 Battleship Pkwy, Mobile, AL 36602-8003 +1 251-433-2703
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Battleship USS ALABAMA

At Mobile’s Battleship Memorial Park, you don’t have to look very far to find heroes. From the Battleship USS ALABAMA to the Submarine USS DRUM and over 25 aircraft, the spirit of military pride is alive and well.Aboard the battleship you will be able to explore 12 decks. Among those, you can climb inside gun turrets, get locked in the Brig, man a 12mm gun and much more.Also at the park, you will be able to go below and explore inside the oldest Submarine on display, Submarine USS DRUM. In the Medal of Honor Aircraft Pavilion as well as in the park, you will be able to view many rare and historic aircraft. A few in our collection include: A-12 Blackbird Spy Plane, OS2U Kingfisher, F-86L Sabre Jet, B-52 Bomber, just to name a few. While in the pavilion, don’t forget to take a ride on the Flight Simulator and experience flight without ever leaving the ground. It’s an unforgettable experience for the entire family. All tours are self guided. Allow approx. 2.5 hours.

Reviewed By Donald F - Calgary, Canada

The USS Alabama was an active wartime player which fortunately did not experience enemy damage. Take time to read and learn of the various changes, the history, the stories.

3. Crescent Theater

208 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36602-2718 +1 251-438-2005
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5 based on 125 reviews

Crescent Theater

Reviewed By Steve M - Bordeaux, France

Walking through Dauphine Street in Mobile we stumbled across a small cinema that looked interesting enough to look inside. I'm glad we did; the proprietor runs the whole thing, he advised us to reserve recliners, pop out and come back for the 6 o'clock showing of Hidden Figures.

The film was excellent but what stood out for us was the personal service and brilliant ambience of the cinema. If it wasn't 5,000 miles from home I'd go every time there was a new film showing!

4. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

2 South Claiborne Street, Mobile, AL 36602 +1 251-434-1565
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5 based on 348 reviews

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Reviewed By Ben_Theretoo406 - Chevy Chase, Maryland

Ben and Mrs Too had an early breakfast at their hotel, then waited until time for the 10:30AM Mass at the Basilica. Parking is a bit tight, but street parking is made available by the city with signs reading “No Parking, Sundays Excepted”.

We found a spot just left of the entrance, and walked through massive doors to a stunning interior. The combined effect of gold leaf and stained glass is absolutely breathtaking.

The choir and an exceptionally robust pipe organ made the sung Mass liturgy downright glorious.

We both commented on our way out that this congregation was blessed in a very singular fashion.

5. Mobile Carnival Museum

355 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602-2315 +1 251-432-3324
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4.5 based on 449 reviews

Mobile Carnival Museum

This museum documents Mobile's long affair with the winter carnival.

Reviewed By Mark K - Bell, Florida

While in Mobile, AL we stopped by the Carnival Museum which housed the Mobile Madi Gras' King and Queen costumes over 100 years. What's even more impressive than the costumes and history of the madi gras was the mansion that it's housed in. This place had to have been something back in the early 1800's as it is magnificiant today.

6. Schooner Joshua

Grand Mariner Marina on Dog River, Point Clear, AL 36532
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5 based on 5 reviews

Schooner Joshua

Reviewed By TheCuriousQuokka - Gulf Shores, Alabama

We booked the Schooner Joshua for a sunset cruise leaving from the Grand Hotel Marina slip #35. It was a windy evening so the Captain advised against hoisting the sails if we want a smooth ride. Good suggestion since dinner (catered by Andree's) was served during our trip. The captain gave us a little history of Mobile Bay and the views were beautiful. Everyone had a great time and wants to do it again.

7. GulfQuest - National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico

155 S Water St, 175 1750 Shelton Beach Road, Mobile, AL 36602-3710 +1 251-436-8901
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4.5 based on 212 reviews

GulfQuest - National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico

GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico is the only museum in the world dedicated to the rich traditions, history and culture of "America's Sea". With 90 interactive exhibits, simulators and theaters, GulfQuest is a family tourist destination and a signature attraction for Mobile, the state of Alabama and the entire Gulf Coast region. Located on the Mobile River, GulfQuest also provides waterfront dining in The Galley cafe.

Reviewed By vacationaholic - Central Oregon

Recommend: 3+ hrs, comfortable walking shoes.

This place is geared for all ages. Learned a phenomenal amount of info about shipping.

What’s with the shipping container display? You’ll learn how that was a game changer for commerce.

Kids (and adults) will enjoy the 5th story (the bridge) boat simulator as well as the other hands-on exhibits throughout the museum. Would’ve stayed longer but kids were getting tired.

Price is a bit steep. I bet if they lowered the price a bit they’d have more business. Food is available and is reasonably priced. Loved the ship tracker in the restaurant. Clean bathrooms.

8. History Museum of Mobile

111 S Royal St, Southern Market/Old City Hall, Mobile, AL 36602-3101 +1 251-208-7569
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4.5 based on 244 reviews

History Museum of Mobile

Reviewed By docmartin2015 - Reading, United Kingdom

Although the museum was interesting, it was a little outdated in its approach. Some very good artefacts, but too many written labels and no interactive displays. There was a school party in the museum when we visited and even though the children had a guide, they were obviously bored with the experience. It needs an upgrade and some of the cabinets need to be revamped. Unfortunately, designed for adults and not children.
Good place to go on a rainy day.

9. Dauphin Street

Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL +1 251-432-6772
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4 based on 439 reviews

Dauphin Street

Reviewed By TravelinBubba - new jersey

OK. I usually don't review places. They are what they are, and some people will like a place more than others. Is Dauphin Street terrible? No. Is it good or great? Maybe to someone who has never been to an walking district larger or more lively than Podunk.

But Bourbon street it ain't. Nor is it as busy or lively as Beale Street in Memphis, "The District" in Nashville, or comparable locals in Charleston or Savannah.

It is a smaller version of 6th Street in Austin, a little less seedy, with a lot less music spots, and fewer restaurants. Only a couple of blocks of continuous storefronts with restaurants, shops and entertainment and that are functioning, although many are closed on a Sunday. And none of the restaurants are anything approaching great or special.

Now granted, we WERE there on a Sunday, and maybe on other days more of the little is open, and maybe the crowds are bigger on a Saturday night or event weekend.

If you are in downtown Mobile for another reason, is it worth going to? Sure, but it is not worth going to as a stand alone destination.

10. Historic Oakleigh House

350 Oakleigh Pl, Mobile, AL 36604-2910 +1 251-432-6161
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4.5 based on 105 reviews

Historic Oakleigh House

Built by Virginian cotton broker, James W. Roper in 1833, Oakleigh is a remarkable example of historic preservation, as it has been adapted and preserved by the four families who lived here. As one of the first major residences to be built outside of the city limits, historians cite Oakleigh as one of the rarest examples of Greek revival architecture in the United States. And our tour is just as distinct- come experience it today.

Reviewed By Swingamuse - Fayetteville, Arkansas

It’s an interesting stop for sure. Our guide spoke so fast it took a minute to settle into her groove. The place peaks your interest but it looks like it needs some serious remodeling. Of course it’s soooooo old but doesn’t seem as well cared for as the others. It could be because of the families that lived there.

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