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

Gulf State Park Pier


At 1,540 feet long, 20 feet wide, and boasting 2,448 feet of fishing space, we are the second longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico and Alabama’s only public pier on the Gulf. Rates for fishing on Gulf State Pier:Adults/Children 12-older $9.00/dayChildren 11-under: $5.00/day or free with paying adultWeekly pass $41.00Monthly pass $81.00Semi-annual pass $161.00Annual pass $321.00Sightseeing $4.00/ all day. $3.00/ one trip

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Upcoming Events

The 13th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
10/05/201610/08/2016

5th Annual Festival of Flavor 2016
10/08/201610/08/2016

45th Annual National Shrimp Festival
10/13/201610/16/2016

The Original German Sausage Festival
10/29/201610/29/2016

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Picnicking on the ACC Byway

Pack the food and the kids for a delicious day on Alabama’s Coastal Connection as you explore the scenic byway and pause for a picnic. ...Read More

Great hiking spots on the ACC Byway

Settle your soul and enjoy a day spent among nature’s beauty with a hike along one of the many trails on Alabama’s Coastal Connection Scenic ...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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