Alabama's Coastal Connection

Beautiful beaches, authentic downtowns, wildlife preserves, historic sites and the freshest seafood you’ll ever put in your mouth are all yours to enjoy on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Visit the Coastal Connection to take in the natural beauty and experience all there is to see and do here.

Alabama’s southern tip is one of those places where even first-time visitors find a connection. Here, you’ll experience the link between the traditions of the Deep South and a more laid-back island lifestyle, between the wildlife of thousands of acres of preserved lands and the good life of a beachfront vacation, and between the gunships of past naval battles and today’s countless opportunities to enjoy our waters—including the dedication to conservation methods for the future.

Alabama’s Coastal Connection has much to share. It beckons travelers to make their own connection and to learn more about the waters, ways and wildlife of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

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Featured Byway Waypoint

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve


This public research and education facility includes an interpretive center with indoor displays, live animals, and forested boardwalk trails within 6,600 acres of protected estuarine habitats.Boardwalk nature trails, native pitcher plant bog and guided tours.

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Upcoming Events

31st Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
12/10/201612/10/2016

Mystical Order of Mirams Parade
02/24/201702/24/2017

Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade
02/25/201702/25/2017

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade
02/28/201702/28/2017

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Not-to-be-missed holiday events

Need a little inspiration to get you into the holiday spirit? Alabama’s Coastal Connection has just the right mix of activities guaranteed to put some ...Read More

Where to see Christmas Boat Parades

Sparkling lights will illuminate shorelines along Alabama’s Coastal Connection during lighted Christmas boat parades in December in both Mobile and Baldwin counties. The boat parades ...Read More

Have you made your connection to Alabama’s Gulf Coast? Share your pictures, stories and memories, and tell us your favorite stops.

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Look and listen to our clips to see why we think the Alabama Coastal Connection is so special.

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Learn how you can protect our important natural resources for generations to come.

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Have a little fun! Trivia, coloring and links to other entertaining activities for kids of all ages.

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