Mobile, AL (WKRG)
Starting next year, you’ll have to pay admission to what used to be a free tourist attraction. Recently the City of Mobile announced Activation Management would begin running Fort Conde. They’re the same group running Gulf Coast Duck Boat Tours. Manager Scott Tindle called it an exciting opportunity where the fort will be changed quarterly to reflect its diverse heritage. For years, Fort Conde has been a free attraction. It will continue to be free until next year.
“We will begin charging admission some time in 2017,” said Scott Tindle via iMessage. “[It is] very family friendly and affordably priced.” The admission charges will start once the changes to Fort Conde are implemented. No exact date for the change has been set. While people might balk at paying for an attraction that used to be free Tindle said he’s confident they can make it work.
“We will provide a tremendous experience for an excellent value. People don’t mind paying as long as they believe they will get more than their money’s worth. We will work consistently to exceed the expectations of all of our guests,” said Tindle. He estimates admission prices around $7 for adults and $5 for children. Tindle said the new additions to the museum will include some new technology and live action characters appropriate for the fort.
This is a throwback to an earlier time. Longtime volunteer Ronald Hunt said the city charged admission from 1976 to 1983. It has been free to get into the fort for more than 30 years.