Wireless Internet access is the latest addition to the Mobile Convention Center. Access is available throughout the facility and also on the terraces. Located right on the Mobile River, the convention center, with its mastlike tower, looks almost like a sailing ship. It's just over 10 years old, and it still sparkles. In the bright, airy prefunction areas, glass window-walls overlook the river, and structural elements are painted gleaming white. The facility includes a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall; a 15,500-square-foot divisible ballroom, 26,500 square feet of meeting space, a generous 52,000 square feet of lobby and prefunction space, and 45,000 square feet of function space on terraces, including riverfront terraces adjacent to the exhibit halls.
Connected to the convention center by a covered skywalk is the 377-room Adam's Mark Hotel, the city's largest convention hotel. The property's 32,000 square feet of meeting space includes two ballrooms. Additional meeting and exhibition space is available at the Mobile Civic Center, which offers three facilities under one roof: an arena, theater, and exposition hall, each with its own entrance. The seven-story domed arena seats 10,600 people and has 80,000 square feet of exhibit space, 15 meeting rooms, and two small exhibit halls — 6,000 square feet each — flanking the lobby. The 1,933-seat Civic Center Theater can be used for general sessions or special events. The multipurpose exposition hall has 28,000 square feet of exhibit space and a combination of retractable and removable seating for 3,000 people.
Several venues for off-site events have a rich Southern flavor. At Bellingrath Gardens and Home, there are 65 acres of year-round formal gardens. Scenic river cruises on the Southern Belle begin at Bellingrath Gardens.
As many as 900 people can be hosted at the antebellum Bragg-Mitchell Mansion, where murder-mystery dinner theaters are a specialty.