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Best fall festivals to experience along the byway

Autumn means football, pumpkins and plenty of festival fun along the Alabama Coastal Connection. Kick it off at the 47th Annual National Shrimp Festival the weekend of Oct. 11-14, which attracts more than 300,000 people. The big draw is the shrimp, of course, with some of the area’s best chefs and restaurants creating award-winning recipes. ...Read More

Cruising and sailing along the byway

Who doesn’t love being on a boat? Whether it’s a relaxing sail, a fishing excursion or paddling a kayak, there’s just something special about getting out on the water. If you have your own boat, finding places to launch is not difficult along the Alabama Coastal Connection. For a paddling adventure, off-the-beaten-path places allow you ...Read More

Animals you may encounter along the byway

Like to get out in nature while enjoying a trip along the Alabama Coastal Connection? Several stops along the byway offer great spots for taking a hike. Bring a pair of binoculars so you don’t miss opportunities to see wildlife in their natural settings. Are you aware that more than 360 bird species have been ...Read More

How to make sure you’re eating gulf seafood

We know you love eating fresh gulf seafood, but how can you be sure that’s what you’re being served? After all, more than 90 percent of seafood served in U.S. restaurants is imported, according to a study by Oceana, an organization that studies and advocates for safety of the world’s waters. In addition, Oceana investigated ...Read More

Pitch in during the Alabama Coastal Cleanup

Want to help keep our beautiful beaches clean? You’re in luck! The 31st Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 15. It’s not that we don’t appreciate beachgoers cleaning up behind themselves every time they visit the beach, but this is the one day each year our ...Read More

Meet the groups that keep our coastal byways beautiful

There’s no doubt the Alabama coast has amazing natural resources, unending recreation opportunities and an abundance of beautiful wildlife. But that doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Dozens of environmental and advocacy groups work to ensure those natural resources are protected for all to enjoy. If you enjoy biking or walking the Eastern Shore Trail from ...Read More

Plan a day trip to Bayou La Batre

If you like to get off the beaten path, get off I-10 at Grand Bay and take a scenic drive along Highway 188 to the traditional fishing village of Bayou La Batre, the “Seafood Capital of Alabama.” Founded in 1786 by Joseph Bosarge, Bayou La Batre was the first permanent settlement on the south Mobile ...Read More

August 14th, 2018|Categories: Connecting with Land and Sea|Tags: , , , , , |

Take a walk on the wild side along the Alabama coast

There are so many places to enjoy the great outdoors along the Alabama Coastal Connection that it’s hard to narrow the list. We’ll try, however, with a few of our favorite stops. If you’re into birdwatching, you’re in luck. The Alabama Coastal Birding Trail offers dozens of places for avid birdwatchers to view an abundance of species. ...Read More

Play it safe while boating Alabama’s waterways

Boating is a favorite pastime along the Alabama Coastal Connection, and you can launch your boat at dozens of locations that give you access to a variety of waterways. No matter how much boating experience you have, it’s always a good idea to review safe-boating rules before you hit the water. Always check the local ...Read More

Favorite watering holes along the byway

Summer is here, and we’ve picked out our favorite stops along the byway to cool off, rehydrate and take a load off - Alabama style. When venturing along the beach byway, stop by one of these local favorites for something to sip on. Fins on Dauphin Island has a reputation for being the island’s “Most ...Read More