Birthday Parties



Celebrate your child’s birthday in an unforgettable way —  on the Mobile River! If your child loves the water, boats, or marine life, GulfQuest is the birthday party destination for you and your family! 

Let us do the work while you enjoy the fun! Designed for children ages 5-10, GulfQuest birthday parties are centered around nautical themes. A Party Host will set up, decorate, lead an activity and — the best part — clean up! So “batten down the hatches” for a great time!


Choose from several party room times:

Saturday – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

These times are for the party room only. Parties may arrive one hour before their scheduled party room time to explore and enjoy the museum, or may stay after the party room time until the museum’s closing. The party room will be available 30 minutes prior to the party room time for additional set-up. You may choose to bring your own ice cream. 


Choose from one of the following themes:

  • Pirates
  • Mermaids
  • Ocean Creatures

Decorations, activity, cake and party favors coordinate with each theme.


Birthday Invitations

Download and print our custom invitations:


To schedule a party:

Call 251-622-6892, Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or via our Online Form

Birthday Party Request Form

Birthday party reservations must be made at least four weeks in advance.


  • Museum admission for up to 20 guests (including adults and children) 
  • One hour in a private party room
  • Party Host during party room time
  • Maritime activity led by your Party Host 
  • GulfQuest T-shirt for the birthday child 
  • Tablecloths, plates, cups, napkins and utensils 
  • Themed decorations 
  • Themed party favors for each child (up to 15)


All prices include sales tax.

$300 Non-Members, $250 Members

$100 deposit is required upon booking. Cancellations must be made three days in advance to receive a refund. Final payment is due at the time of the party.


  • Additional guests (over 20): $5
  • Additional party favors (over 15): $2.50 
  • Birthday cake may be purchased and brought with the birthday group at the time of arrival
  • All additional food needs to be purcahsed from a licensed professional or business


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