Why Being Around Water Makes Us Happier

A bubbling brook. A roaring waterfall. The surf rolling onto the sand. Research now shows that being near water really does make us happier and healthier!   Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols explains the phenomenon in his bestselling book, Blue Mind: the surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make ...Read More

Commemorating the Battle of Mobile Bay at Fort Morgan

Plan your summer byway tour around the Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 3, 2019, at Fort Morgan Historic Site. This annual event provides one of the most exciting and educational opportunities to connect with the past along Alabama’s Coastal Connection Scenic Byway. About the Battle of Mobile Bay The Battle of ...Read More

Kayak Your Way through Graham Creek Nature Preserve

Grab a paddle and get ready to explore! Kayaking through Graham Creek Nature Preserve is a wonderful way to experience the byway’s natural beauty any month of the year. If you’re looking for an active and educational experience for yourself or your family, this is a Foley, Ala. favorite. Graham Creek Nature Preserve is home ...Read More

Free museums to visit along the byway

There is so much to see and do along Alabama’s Coastal Connection, from hiking and biking through nature to sitting on the white beaches to fishing our waters. But if you’re looking for a way to mix things up, our museums are the way to go. Whether you’re trying to make the most of a ...Read More

Pet friendly parks/beaches/outdoor spaces along ACC

Summer is in full swing, and everyone’s itching to head outdoors and hit the beach. But what should you do with Rover? Pet boarding can be exorbitantly expensive, and affordable in-home pet sitters are few and far between. But why should your furry friend miss out on all the fun? Luckily, Alabama’s Coastal Connection boasts ...Read More

Hands-on learning at the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Getting students engaged and keeping them interested are two of the aims of the hands-on learning experiences at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL). http://www.disl.org/ Programs are offered all year at the DISL that open the world underwater to learners of all ages.   “We feel that the hands-on approach we use effectively engages all ...Read More

July 5th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Byway Summer Camps Kids Love

From critters and crafts to seashells and scenes, summer camps along Alabama’s Coastal Connection offer a variety of fun activities to keep kids interested and engaged on hot summer days.   Discovery Hall programs of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab offer a variety of day and overnight camps, with options for young children to a ...Read More

3rd Annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Fishing Tournament

Grab your fishing reel and slide into your kayak or canoe for the third annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Aug. 6. The event, sponsored by the Bayou La Batre Area Chamber of Commerce, expects about 250 anglers competing in the junior and senior divisions.   “Our town is beautiful and has a unique atmosphere,” ...Read More

Annual Oyster Cook Off & Craft Beer Weekend Slated Nov. 7-9, 2014

Sample flavorful dishes prepared by celebrity chefs during the 7th Oyster Cook Off and Craft Beer Weekend, Nov. 7 to Nov. 9 at The Hangout in Gulf Shores. Oysters aren’t the only star during the three-day event. Beginning Friday at 6 p.m., sample more than 60 craft beers from 25 craft brewers. There will also ...Read More

October 29th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Scenic Byway Takes Travelers off the Beaten Track

Go off the beaten track and travel the one of the scenic byways that takes you through coastal Alabama. The Alabama Coastal Connection’s Scenic Byway invites you to experience the Gulf Coast and its treasures as you journey through the four unique itineraries. Begin your two-day travels connecting with nature at the Estuarium at the ...Read More

October 26th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|