With the year round outdoor lifestyle that our temperate climate offers, sports and recreation are a big part of life in the Mobile area.
Five Rivers Delta Resource Center is an outdoor resource center located in Mobile Bay. Visitors can rent kayaks or canoes as well as take guided kayak or 25-passenger pontoon boat tours. The facility is a popular location for weddings, receptions, parties, meetings, etc. The park derives its name from the 5 rivers that flow into Mobile Bay forming the delta (Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee and Blakeley Rivers).
Mobile Parks and Recreation Department coordinates adult and youth baseball, softball, basketball, soccer and football leagues each year, including youth, men's, women's and coed teams in many sports.
The University of South Alabama Recreational Center offers multi-purpose athletic courts, a cardiovascular theater, weight room (with machines and free weights), heated indoor and outdoor pools, spa, saunas, racquetball courts, multi-purpose rooms for activities such as aerobic classes and martial arts, a rock climbing, wall, a dining facility featuring smoothies and other healthy refreshments, and a children's play area. Our recreation program provides structured intramural activities, fitness activities, open recreation options, outdoor adventures, sports clubs, and aquatic opportunities. Faculty, residents, fellows, and employees of the USA Health System benefit from discounted memberships.
The Mobile BayBears, a Double-A Southern League farm team of the Arizona Diamondbacks, play in Hank Aaron Stadium, named after baseball's home run king and Mobile native. The BayBears, were affiliated with the San Diego Padres from 1997 thru 2006, reaching the playoffs in each of their first two seasons and winning the Southern League Championship in 1998 and 2004. In 2007 the BayBears began a player development agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mobile Parks and Recreation Department have youth and adults leagues, including men's, women's and coed leagues.
Mobile lies in close proximity to some of the most plentiful and diverse fishing along the Gulf Coast. For inshore anglers, Mobile Bay and its tributaries offer close access to year round speckled trout and redfish. For offshore anglers, a short drive to Orange Beach or Dauphin Island provides close access to the the Gulf of Mexico. The summer months are the peek season for reef fish such as red snapper, amberjack, and grouper which are readily caught within 20 miles from shore. For the more adventuresome anglers, marlin, tuna, wahoo, and mahi mahi are caught year round around the numerous oil rigs that begin around 50 miles offshore.
Boating in the Mobile area, however, is not limited to just fishing enthusiasts. There is something for everyone including enjoying a summer afternoon raft up with friends at Robinson Island in Orange Beach or idling down the intracoastal waterway to enjoy waterfront dining at vacation destinations such as Lulu's or The Wharf.
For college football fans, the University of South Alabama Jaguars have expanded their football program to become a full member of the Sun Belt Conference. Additionally, the annual Senior Bowl and GoDaddy Bowl are played in Mobile. Mobile Parks and Recreation Department has fall flag football leagues for youth up to 14 years of age as well adults.
Southern Alabama is a golfer's paradise with two courses of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, the Magnolia Grove in Mobile, AL, and Lakewood Golf Club in Point Clear, AL. The Mobile Bay Classic is part of the LPGA tour, held at the Magnolia Grove course. The City of Mobile also operates the Azalea City Golf Course.
There are several amateur soccer leagues in the area with youth and/or adult teams in both recreational and competitive leagues. Alabama Soccer Association and South Alabama Soccer Association are amateur soccer leagues for men and women ages 18 to 45. The Alabama Youth Soccer Association, Mobile Bay FC and Fairhope FC fields dedicated recreational teams for boys and girls ages 4 - 18. The Alabama Soccer Festival is an annual event held in Orange Beach, AL, drawing over 50 teams from4 states.
Being on the Gulf Coast makes getting into the water a regular activity for many Mobilian. The close proximity of the Gulf Coast beaches and the numerous swim clubs provide ready outlets for all ages to spend a day enjoying in the water.
(Photo Credits: Top - USA Recreation Center Pool, USA Staff Photographer; Top Right - Five Rivers Delta Center, Chris Darley, RT, USA Medical Center; Mid Left - USA Recreation Center Entrance, USA Staff Photographer; Bottom Right - Deep sea fishing on the Gulf of Mexico, Holly Thornton, RT, USA Medical Center)
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