On our recent trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast, we found ourselves with some rainy weather and in need of an indoor activity for the day. With Pensacola just a 45-minute drive away, the National Naval Aviation Museum was the perfect outing. This free museum is home to over 150 restored aircraft as well as the Blue Angels, the Navy’s aerobatic flying squadron. The museum is roughly organized by the history of aviation. One wing displays early aircraft and exhibits; another focuses on the World War II era; and a new expansion area, Hangar Bay One, includes the post-WWII era.
This was the second year we’ve travelled to the Alabama Gulf Coast in February. Both trips occurred during the Mardi Gras season and we were able to attend parades. You might be thinking, “Mardi Gras in Alabama? Don’t you mean Louisiana?” Actually, Mobile, Alabama holds the claim for earliest Mardi Gras celebrations, having first celebrated Carnival, or Mardi Gras, over 300 years ago in 1703. New Orleans was founded 15 years later, in 1718. Since national news coverage of Mardi Gras celebrations tends to focus on events held on Fat Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the start of […]