History hangs upon Mobile like the Spanish moss that drapes her live oaks.
Already old when the Civil War began, Mobile is distinguished from younger cities
throughout the state by her rich Spanish, French, African and Creole heritage.
History is reflected not only in the architecture of Mobile, but in cuisine and
Mobile has always prospered because of its strategic location. A deep bay and harbor area offered a perfect shipping port. The barrier islands of Gulf Shores and Dauphin Island were ideal for military strategists. There they built strong forts to assure that only welcome guests ventured into the bay. Today these many historic forts offer visitors a glimpse into the past.
Mobile has celebrated Christmas, "Boef Gras" (now called Mardi Gras), Lent, Easter and more. Modern-day celebrations now include BayFest (October) Kwanza (December) and First Night Mobile (January).
Mobile's weather is influenced to a considerable extent by the Gulf of Mexico. Summers are consistently warm, but maximum temperatures are seldom high because of breezes from Gulf waters. Winters are usually very mild. The city enjoys an annual average temperature of 67.5 degrees (F).