Campus Life

Five Free Things to Do in Mobile for College Students

We get it--college is expensive. You’ve got to devote most of your time to your classes and studying, which leaves little time to do anything else (like make any money). We’ve got you covered with five fun, free things to do in and around the Mobile, AL area. Because face it, free is the best.


Campus Tour (Student)

Get In Touch with Nature at Five Rivers Delta

Admission to 5 Rivers Delta (named for the junction of the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee and Blakeley Rivers), on the Causeway, is free to everyone seven days a week from 8am to 5pm. The Delta is home to 250,000 acres of wetlands. The resource center boasts walking trails, picnic areas, a free canoe/kayak launch (if you have your own). They also offer kayak rental and boat tours for a fee. Learn about this unique area of the country and the animals that call it home in the Exhibit Hall, a treasure trove of taxidermy.  

A Stroll Down Downtown Dauphin Street

The grand buildings in the Lower Dauphin Street Historic District date all the way back to the 1820’s. Dauphin Street stretches almost the entire length of the city, but the most happening part is the area between Royal Street and Broad Street. Dauphin Street is home to restaurants, clubs, diners, museums, galleries, candy shops, cafes, coffee houses, and more. You can catch some beads here during Mardi Gras every year, but on the off season, it’s worth it to just take a walk. Metered parking is free all day on the weekends and weekdays after 6 PM.

Hit up the Farmer’s Markets

On Saturdays in the fall, spring, and summer, Cathedral Square on Dauphin Street hosts Market in the Square, a fantastic event featuring dozens of vendors selling anything from fresh produce, jams, eggs, art, jewelry, baked goods, coffee, and more. On Thursdays, the market moves to Lavretta Park on Old Shell (much closer to campus!) from 3-6pm.

Art Walk

Many cities host art walks on Fridays, and Mobile is no exception. Every second Friday of the month, you can stroll into galleries and view local artwork. Each gallery often has complimentary refreshments, and there’s usually live music to enjoy, as well. Get your fill of culture, enjoy downtown, and grab a bite to eat at one of our many restaurants and cafes.


Mobile is home to Ten65, an all-ages, free music festival during the first weekend in October, highlighting all things music, tech, and culture in our community. Ten65 has had some major headliners in the past, and this year is no different. Check it out!

There’s free fun to be had in Mobile--what are you waiting for?


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