Prichard lies 5 miles north west of the coastal city of Mobile, Alabama. The city began as a settlement in the mid-1800s and was known for its shipbuilding and paper trade.
It has a rich history and culture which can be explored in its streets, parks and buildings, plus you are within 7 minutes’ drive of Mobile which hosts a vast array of attractions.
Highlights include Battleship USS Alabama, Church Street Historic District and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Alternatively, if you prefer a more nature-driven vacation, there are scenic wetlands, state parks and botanical gardens to explore.
As a resident of Alabama, I have already visited many places in the state. Because of its proximity Prichard is an ideal place to stay if you plan to visit Mobile. Let’s have a look at the best things to do in and around Prichard:
1. Chickasabogue Park
Chickasabogue Park boasts 1,100 acres of woodland, hiking paths and wildlife.
The verdant outdoor recreational park strives to protect the diversity of its plants and animals which include raccoons, armadillo and deer.
You can take a tent and camp in the park, enjoying evenings under the stars with friends, or launch a boat and fish from the banks of picturesque Chickasaw Creek.
The park is popular with anglers seeking to catch bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish, and there are several hikes through pines and oak woods to enjoy.
2. Battleship USS Alabama
If you wish to dive into local history, you can do so at Battleship USS Alabama.
The ship, which was built in 1940, began its naval career in Portsmouth, Virginia. In the following years from 1942, the battleship became involved in the Second World War, in the North Atlantic, and was home to 2,500 American servicemen.
Towards the end of the war, USS Alabama led the fleet into Tokyo Bay in 1945 and became known as the ‘Heroine of the Pacific’ before retiring to Mobile, Alabama.
Today, Battleship Memorial Park receives visitors from throughout the world, keen to board and tour the ship, explore the decks and listen to tales of military operations.
If your visit in Prichard is also part of visiting nice sights in Mobile, then I advise you to take a look at the Mobile City Multi-Attraction Pass. With this pass you can save money on your visit to the city’s favorite destinations.
3. GulfQuest: National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico
With over 90 exhibits, this interactive museum in nearby Mobile for me was a fascinating place where I almost spend an entire day.
Exploring all maritime topics from trade routes and early settlements to shipwrecks, Gulf marine life and weather patterns, there’s much to occupy even the most demanding travelers.
Spend time in GulfQuest Theater, where panoramic images and voices capture what its like to live in the region, then step aboard a full-size container ship to see how the process and engine room works.
With interactive experiences for all ages, it’s a great place to visit with all the family.
4. Prichard Municipal Stadium
Sports fans will enjoy a visit to Prichard Municipal Stadium.
The stadium holds a capacity of up to 10,000 people at any one time, and is usually used for concerts, horse shows, family fun days and high school football games.
If you time your visit right, you may be able to see a live music or sporting event in the city.
It’s fun, lively and it gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded travelers and city locals.
5. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
This Roman Catholic Cathedral located on South Claiborne Street in Downtown Mobile, was founded in 1703. The cathedral is of Greek Revival architectural style with columns, two towers, small twin cupolas, and laid out in the style of a Roman basilica.
One of the interior’s highlights for me were the stained-glass windows which were designed in Munich, Germany.
There are 12 main windows in total, each depicting scenes and events of Mary and Jesus.
In 1962, Pope John XXIII designated the cathedral as a minor basilica and a building of spiritual importance in Alabama.
6. Church Street Historic District
Church Street Historic District is the ideal place to discover Alabama of old. The district, around 6 miles from Prichard, in Downtown Mobile offers a great overview of life in the 19th century.
The area features museums, commercial and government buildings ranging from the 1820s to 1900s in a variety of architectural designs from Renaissance Revival to Victorian.
Notable buildings in the historic district include Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Conde-Charlotte House and Government Street Presbyterian Church.
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7. Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center
Voted one of Alabama’s top attractions, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center aims to educate all ages on everything science related.
From entertainment and films to interactive exhibits, there’s always new things to experience.
Younger children can visit the Wharf of Wonder, see a working lighthouse, or take to the seas on a shrimping expedition.
Alternatively, everyone can enjoy a visit to iHealthy Life Science Lab, which shows you how nutrients react inside your body, and how your skeletal system works! There are several fun and fascinating exhibits, so plan to spend at least a few hours here.
8. Mobile Bay Airboat Trip
If you wish to see the city and wetlands from a different perspective, then I highly recommend an Airboat Tour of Mobile Bay.
The delta is home to a diverse eco-system featuring herons, owls, alligators, snakes and turtles, which can all be spotted from the airboat.
Helpful tour guides will help you spot rare and endangered species as you jet along the bay, so sit back, relax and let the wind whip your hair, but don’t forget to bring your camera and film the experience.
9. National African-American Archives and Museum
The museum celebrates the heritage of African Americans throughout the country.
With a selection of archives, biographies, carvings and antique artifacts, there are many exhibits to see and admire.
Hear the stories of African-Americans in Alabama and pay tribute to those who made a significant contribution in standing up for change within the system, paving a brighter pathway for future generations.
10. University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum
Have you ever wondered what life was like thousands of years ago on the Gulf Coast of Alabama? If you have, this is the place to visit! The Archaeology Museum located in the University of South Alabama, displays artifacts from this region, covering over 12,000 years of history.
There are exhibitions showcasing ancient cultures, early settlers and stories of African American families after the Civil War.
Visits are self-guided, so you can take your time perusing myriad, fascinating exhibits.
11. Bienville Square
If you are sightseeing or shopping a few miles from Prichard in Downtown Mobile, you will enjoy at break underneath shady trees in Bienville Square.
The public square was founded in 1824, on the site of an old Spanish hospital.
Theodore Roosevelt spoke in the square in 1905, and shipyard workers would meet here to dispute workloads during World War II. The square is often used for concerts and the annual Christmas tree lighting, plus it has a few interesting monuments to explore.
The large cast iron fountain and bandstand are two such highlights.
Relax with a coffee or take a picnic and enjoy this serene wonderland in the heart of the city. If you are here in the evening and want a more extensive dinner I can recommend Dumbwaiter Restaurant, where I had a delicious meal!
12. History Museum of Mobile
Learn all about the region at the History Museum of Mobile. Displaying a selection of artifacts relating to life in Mobile, there’s a variety of antiques, artworks, and Native American exhibits to discover.
The museum boasts a collection of over 100,000 items which represent Mobile’s rich heritage.
Visitors who are taken by a specific display can in fact ‘adopt an artifact’ by donating to the museum. The donation gains you a certificate with your artifacts photo and story, and a behind the scenes tour of the museum.
Also, as part of the History Museum, you can also visit Phoenix Fire Museum. Set in an old firehouse nearby, it showcases a selection of early motorized vehicles and horse-drawn steam engines.
13. Meaher State Park
Located in the wetlands of Mobile Bay, just over 15 minutes’ drive from Prichard is scenic Meaher State Park. Set in 1,327 acres of land, the park is perfect for fishing, hiking, nature trails and picnicking with family and friends.
You can spot alligators, birds and wildlife, and anglers can try to catch fresh and saltwater fish.
There’s also the opportunity to stay overnight, as the picturesque state park has two bay side cabins, and tent and RV sites.
14. Mobile Botanical Gardens
If you enjoy being at one with nature like I do, exploring different species of trees and flowers, Mobile Botanical Garden is definitely worth a visit.
With 100 acres of glorious woodland trails and paved gardens, the Botanical Gardens feature one of the largest collection of plants on the Gulf Coast.
It’s possible to picnic, hike, and paint within the gardens, alternatively walk through woodland glades, following nature trails to Rose Garden, Winter Garden, and the charming Tea Maze.