About the Fort
Mobile was originally founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville in 1702 as Fort Louis de la Mobile at 27-Mile Bluff. After the Mobile River flooded and damaged the fort, Mobile was relocated in 1711 to the current site. A temporary wooden stockade fort was constructed, also named Fort Louis after the old fort up river. In 1723, construction of a new brick fort with a stone foundation began, renamed later as Fort Condé in honor of Louis Henri de Bourbon, duc de Bourbon and prince de Condé.
The Fort guarded Mobile and its citizens for almost 100 years, from 1723-1820. The fort had been built by the French to defend against British or Spanish attack on the strategic location of Mobile and its Bay as a port to the Gulf of Mexico, on the easternmost part of the French Louisiana colony. The strategic importance of Mobile and Fort Condé was significant: the fort protected access into the strategic region between the Mississippi River and the Atlantic colonies along the Alabama River and Tombigbee River.
Why do I need an admission ticket?
To experience all that the Fort has to offer—including live action, a colonial breakout room, colonial photo booth, shooting gallery, museum tour, and personal interaction with soldiers, craftsman, pirates, and indians and so much more—you’ll need an admission ticket. Admission to the Colonial Cafe and Trading Post is free.
When can I visit?
The Fort is open year round, though we are occasionally closed for special events. Please see the special event calendar here (insert hyperlink to calendar) to determine Fort availability. Visit our Things to Do section for more details on the operating hours for sites, dining, and more.
Things to Do
While visiting the Fort be sure to visit the Colonial Cafe, Trading Post, Colonial Photo Booth, Breakout Room, and shooting gallery. You will also have a chance to tour the interactive exhibits that highlight the history of the Fort. Don’t miss the Fife and Drum band, cannon firing, and live action characters representing real people who lived in Colonial Mobile. Visit our interactive calendar to see all of the fun and exciting items available on the day of your visit.
The Fort is available to rent for weddings, birthday parties, corporate outings, and other special events. To learn more about our event rental options please email us at
The Fort is home to a number of special events including changing of the guard ceremonies, 5ks, Food and Wine Festivals, Haunted Fort, and Winter Wonderland Experiences. Visit the calendar below to learn more.