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

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

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The Jeff Friend Trail at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge will be CLOSED from the end of August/beginning of September until the spring of 2018.Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge continually strives to improve their visitors’ experiences. In order to continue this effort, the Jeff Friend Trail will undergo construction at the end of August/beginning of September through the spring of 2018. During this time frame, the trail will add an improved boardwalk and become ADA accessible. Although this trail will be closed, the Pine Beach Trail, Gator Lake Trail, and Centennial Trail will remain open. We appreciate your patience and look forward to everyone enjoying the renovations! The Refuge is open year-round during daylight hours for hiking, fishing, wildlife observation, and photography. Discover some of Alabama's last remaining undisturbed coastal habitat. Office hours: 7:00am-3:30pm Monday-Friday.

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Upcoming Events

The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival
09/13/201809/15/2018

The 15th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
10/03/201810/06/2018

47th Annual National Shrimp Festival
10/11/201810/14/2018

The Original German Sausage Festival
10/27/201810/27/2018

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