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bama_ed

It's kind of fun to do the impossible-Walt Disney
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I've looked longingly at Meaher when passing it avoiding the bridge/tunnel traffic. It looks very scenic, but I wasn't sure how much there would be to do with small kids for 3 days. (also, they don't seem to have online reservations, which is just annoying)

I'm looking at Buccaneer and Percy Quin in MS and Bogue Chitto in LA for now. Those will save even more time driving. obviously the beach at Buccaneer is not exactly on the same level as Gulf Shores.
Yeah, Meaher does not. Only the "big" Alabama state parks do (mainly the ones with hotel lodges and maybe a few others but not all). I knew that.

A day on the USS Alabama battleship (and there is a submarine too, the USS Drum there) both WW2 vintage. Dauphin Island has a civil war fort and the Estuarium (an estuarium is where the sea water meets fresh water which is what Mobile Bay is). It's not an aquarium but they do have some touch tanks for rays, starfish, and more. Good for kids to get them interested in sea life.

There is also a ferry boat that runs between Dauphin Island on the western side of the bay and Fort Morgan on the eastern side of the bay.

http://mobilebayferry.com/

You can make a round trip drive around Mobile Bay if you want. My kids, when little, thought it was neat you could drive your car onto a boat and it would take you to the other side and then you drove off. Of course it's subject to weather and runs more frequently in summer months than winter months. But it is neat and puts you out close to Gulf Shores.

There are learning museums, etc. in Mobile but I'm trying to think of what might be interesting. There is a Bass Pro Shop just to the east of Meaher along I10 and they usually have a fish tank to interest the kids (dads look longingly at the boats and camping/hunting gear and moms sit in the car waiting. And waiting.....).

I particularly remember the Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway near Meaher having sandboxes for kids to play in while mom and dad enjoyed the seafood. Very casual, more fish camp-like, and delicious. Check pix and reviews for the latest there. It's been a while but the kids loved it (and Lisa and I did too). All the restaurants along the Causeway are worth visiting in my opinion.

https://www.bluegillrestaurant.com/

I did Meaher in the off/low season (not summer) and it can be very pleasant. That's down about your latitude so maybe make a plan on an away-game weekend. ::yes:: From the Gulf Shores side, we would take the ferry over to DI, did the Estuarium, brought a picnic lunch for the big public park (well shaded) in the center of DI, then ferry back. It's easy to fill a day.

Bama Ed

PS - I looked at Buccaneer before the hurricane. I think they had a water park plus a campground.
 
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WeLovePluto

Mouseketeer
Joined
Jun 2, 2019
We’re going to go with Bogue Chitto.

Not ready to let the kids into a crowded water park at Buccaneer if it’s open (or deal with the crying anyway if it’s not)

for some reason the lake at Percy Quin isnt available for swimming.

and LA if offering 4th night free if you stay three...so we’re staying an extra night too. Horseback riding is available, and we’re bringing our inflatable kayaks. And the kids can swim in the river.

Will report back in the other campgrounds thread.
 


Sjm9911

DIS Veteran
Joined
Feb 11, 2019
Where does one find anything, Joe?

Wal-Mart garden section of my local store, of course.... Citronella branded.

It's been about 5 years though. It was an end-of-summer type sale (moving the summer merch).

Ed
Ok , i teied to find them also. It seems tiki does not make them anymore. So , i went to amazon , and any other place to find them. Amazon had something cool but like 60 for a pair. So off to e bay to tey to find the originals, no dice. But they did have something similar for 40$ for the pair. Score! It took a few hours of serching the interwebs ,but now i am officially a copy cat! Thanks. Tbh, i didnt want them untill others asked about where you got them! So , if you want something similler , go to e bay. $_57.jpeg$_57.jpeg$_57.jpeg e bay.
 

bama_ed

It's kind of fun to do the impossible-Walt Disney
Joined
Sep 23, 2004
Ok , i teied to find them also. It seems tiki does not make them anymore. So , i went to amazon , and any other place to find them. Amazon had something cool but like 60 for a pair. So off to e bay to tey to find the originals, no dice. But they did have something similar for 40$ for the pair. Score! It took a few hours of serching the interwebs ,but now i am officially a copy cat! Thanks. Tbh, i didnt want them untill others asked about where you got them! So , if you want something similler , go to e bay. View attachment 495251View attachment 495251View attachment 495251 e bay.
WHOO! With color, don'tcha know?

Sjm9911, you scored a winner in my book.

I use the original wicks and I have to warn you that if you have the little citronella tanks to use with them (original or after-market) that they are VERY thirsty chiefs.

I filled the tanks up at the start of my April visit at GSP and by the second night at the end they were nearly empty. They do smoke so don't put them under an awning.

Very cool. I'll have to play the Poly hour-long bankground music loop in your honor when I'm at Gulf next week.

Bama Ed

PS - I may need to tempt my DD22 to paint mine up to match yours, SJM9911, or something like it. The color POPS on those bad boys. :thumbsup2
 





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