Wallace Tunnel Tour ($20)

The George Wallace Tunnel is a pair of road tunnels that carry Interstate 10 through Mobile from downtown, going beneath the Mobile River, and emerging on Blakeley Island where they join Jubilee Parkway over Mobile Bay. The tunnel is 3,000 feet long.

The tunnel was officially opened to traffic on February 9, 1973, after $50 million ($275.6 million in 2017 dollars) was spent to construct it. It was named after George Wallace, the Governor of Alabama at that time.

The Wallace Tunnel Tour will consist of the following:
  • A 10-minute informative video on the Bankhead and Wallace Tunnels that explains the history of the tunnels, functions, and daily operations.
  • A look at the Operations Control Room..
  • A look at the ventilation fans in the tunnel.
  • A look at the air duct to get a visual on how the air circulates through the tunnel.
  • A look at the water lines that pump water from the tunnel to the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System.

Tour participants should wear closed toe shoes with rubber bottoms.

Note: Steep stairs are a part of this tour.

Port of Mobile by Water ($40)

The Port of Mobile is the only deep-water port in Alabama. It was ranked as the 12th largest port by tonnage in the nation (2010) with a trade volume of nearly 56 million tons.

The port is located along the Mobile River where it empties into Mobile Bay. The Port of Mobile has public deepwater terminals with direct access to 1,500 miles of inland and intracoastal waterways serving the Great Lakes, the Ohio and Tennessee river valleys (via the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway), and the Gulf of Mexico. The Alabama State Port Authority owns and operates the public terminals at the Port of Mobile.

The Port of Mobile by Water tour will consist of the following:
  • Tour participants will board a boat in downtown Mobile for a two-hour tour of the Mobile waterfront and the Port of Mobile.
  • Tour participants will be treated to waterfront view of a working deep water port.
  • Tour participants will have waterfront views of Mobile‚Äôs shipbuilding and cruise industry.

Tour participants should wear closed toe shoes with rubber bottoms.