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Civil War History (Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan)

Mobile Bay is home to two historical and iconic landmarks: Fort Gaines and Fort Morgan. Take a day to explore them both! You may have heard the phrase “Damn the torpedoes - full speed ahead!” That was the infamous order given by Admiral Farragut at Fort Gaines during the Battle of Mobile Bay. Fort Gaines ...Read More

Celebrate Easter on Alabama’s Coastal Connection

Communities throughout Alabama’s Coastal Connection will soon be celebrating Easter. You are invited to join in on the festivals, egg hunts, bunny appearances, sunrise services and more.  Egg hunts and Easter bunny appearances Get your Easter baskets ready! These Gulf Coast venues are hosting some favorite Easter traditions: the Easter egg hunt and a chance ...Read More

Explore Dauphin Island

Traffic lights are few, and bike paths and walking trails are many on Dauphin Island. Home to Historic Fort Gaines, the Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and the Mobile Bay Ferry, this oasis provides family-friendly fun away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Dauphin Island beckons you to slow down and spend ...Read More

Seasonal Beauty at Bellingrath

Do you have an appreciation for beautiful blooms? Bellingrath Gardens should be a priority stop when traveling on Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Set on a gorgeous Southern estate, Bellingrath boasts 65 acres of floral plumage 365 days a year, so there is never a bad time to stop in and smell the roses! The time of ...Read More

Spend a Day at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Alabama’s Gulf Coast is booming with tourism, business and infrastructure. Every year, thousands visit the area to enjoy its beautiful beaches and area attractions. Among the hustle and bustle of the exciting Gulf Coast area sits land that remains both undeveloped and undisturbed. The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge provides much-needed protection and sanctuary for ...Read More

The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival

Many great art shows and festivals can be found in the small towns surrounding the byway, but there’s only one that dates back 65 years: The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival. This popular festival, like wine, keeps getting better with age! Hundreds of thousands of visitors - as well as both nationally recognized and local ...Read More

Visitor Centers Are a Great Place to Start

Each community along Alabama’s Coastal Connection has its own story to tell. There’s no better place to dive into the culture of these communities than at the area welcome centers.  Meet the Locals There are sure to be locals at the community welcome centers, and they are eager to share their stories and their love ...Read More

Spring Festivals Along the Byway

Ahhh, spring! Flowers are blooming, people are outside, and festivals are in full swing along the Scenic Byway. Five festivals you need to make sure are on your list to check out this spring: 67th Annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival Approximately 230 exhibitors will line the streets of downtown Fairhope during March 15-17  for ...Read More

Romantic Drive Along the Byway

Picture this: The birds are chirping, the sun is setting over Mobile Bay, and you and your significant other are riding side by side to your next adventure. Alabama’s Coastal Connection Scenic Byway can definitely provide a romantic backdrop for your trip, but the romance expands when you exit the vehicle for these lovely excursions. ...Read More

February 13th, 2019|Categories: Connecting with Nature|Tags: , , , |

Birdwatching on the Byway

As  a top North American location for bird viewing, Dauphin Island offers some of the best spots in the world to catch sight of winged beauties! The area features more than 135 acres of salt marshes, forests and dunes - as well as a lake and a beach - which are home to 420 bird ...Read More