April & May Field Trips


Foley Train & Hospital Museums

Date: Thursday, April 3rd

Time: 10am

Location: 125 East Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL 36535

Cost: Free; except for refreshments at the Soda Fountain, which will be paid according to your order

Registration: Via email to coordinator, Michele Landrum @ tnminc@gmail.com

Registration deadline: Day of tour

A high tootin’ adventure for all ages!  The train museum will expose us to Foley’s rich train history and has several model trains on display.  The Holmes Hospital Museum is just a few short blocks away and boasts “This fascinating museum will definitely take you back in time, as you stroll through the first hospital to serve southern Baldwin County, Alabama.   You’ll view the actual operating room, patient rooms and vintage medical equipment.  All artifacts featured are from an earlier era of medical technology, authentic to the time period during which this hospital was in operation.” In between tours, we will stop at Stacey’s Ole Time Soda Shop where “You’ll truly go back in time! The oldest pharmacy in Foley is still known for their “Ole Time Soda Fountain” and 10 cent coffee. Our ‘FIZZitians’ are serving sodas, shakes, sundaes and more.” Fun and yum!



Bankhead Tunnel Tour

Date:  Friday, April 11th

Time: 10am

Location: Mobile, AL

Cost: Free

Registration: Via registration form @ https://www.mobilemrcs.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/FieldTripForm.pdf.  Hold harmless waivers can be found and printed HERE.

Registration deadline:  Thursday, April 3rd

Waiver: One hold harmless waiver must be notarized for EACH person attending the tour. This must be presented the morning of the tour at the tunnel to ALDOT.

Tour the historic Bankhead Tunnel and the newer George Wallace Tunnel.  This is an underground adventure for everyone!  There is quite a bit of stair climbing, so be sure to wear closed toe shoes and bring water.  The history of the tunnels, ins and outs of traffic safety, and how the tunnels are maintained will all be discussed.  This a very unique and engaging field trip. A hold harmless waiver must be filled out and notarized for EACH person attending the tour.  Anyone arriving without this notarized release will be denied entry.


Gulf Coast Zoo

Date: Thursday, April 24th

Time: 10am

Location: 1204 Gulf Shores Pkwy, Gulf Shores, AL 36542

Registration: Via registration form @ https://www.mobilemrcs.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/FieldTripForm.pdf.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 17th

Cost: $6 per person, ages 2 & under are free. This cost includes admission and a cup of animal “food.”

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is tucked away just blocks from the beach and is home to more than 500 animals including lions, tigers, bears, monkeys, macaws, and more. There’s also a petting zoo, reptile house, aviary, seasonal animal encounters, and daily animal shows.

Lemur & kangaroo animal encounters are optional additions to the tour.  Admission to these events can be purchased separately at the zoo.



Blue Angels Practice Show & Tour of NAS Pensacola Aviation Museum

Date: Wednesday, May 7th

Time:  10:00 am

Location: 1750 Radford Blvd., NAS Pensacola, FL 32508

Cost: Free

Registration: Via email to coordinator, Michele Landrum @ tnminc@gmail.com. Please include the number of people attending.  Each person attending will need to wear the MRCS ID lanyard that I will be handing out the day of the event.  Everyone driving will need a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance for their vehicle.

Registration deadline: Friday, April 25th

The Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola has a viewing area for visitors to watch the team practice. We have a reserved bleacher area for the show, so be sure to wear your lanyard to gain admittance. After the practice show, the Blue Angels visit the museum to answer questions and sign autographs.

The National Naval Aviation Museum has much to offer in its 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds. As the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida, the National Naval Aviation Museum is home to more than 150 aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aviation, and a number of attractions sure to captivate the whole family. The tour of the museum is self-guided.