As homeschooling children becomes more popular, more families are searching for ways to engage children outside of the house. Field trips can get pricey, and some facilities only accommodate large groups for the full experience. What’s a parent to do?

Luckily, there are reasonably priced attractions along the Gulf Coast that are fantastic learning opportunities for children of all ages. The Alabama Coastal Connection Scenic Byway has various interactive historical and educational sites along the path that make for a fun-filled Friday field trip.

If you want to stick to a strict schedule, check out the ACC itineraries. These theme-based trips are samples of how to use the ACC Scenic Byway to explore a few Gulf Coast treasures.

The Connecting with the Past itinerary starts off at the historic Fort Gaines for some exploration, then takes you on the Mobile Bay Ferry to Fort Morgan. There, learn all about the Battle of Mobile Bay by wandering around the fort and the museum. The living history program and guided tours occur in June and July.

From the fort, head to the mouth of Fish River where you’ll find an environmental education center. Starke’s Landing is your next stop, where the history lessons continue. Then end the day at the Eastern Shore Overlook for a breathtaking view and details on the battle at Spanish Fort.

As you can tell, the area is filled with rich history that presents a learning opportunity for not only children, but parents, too! Pick an itinerary – maybe nature or history or even food – and take in everything the byway has to offer.