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Christmas parades along the coast

Looking for events to get you in the holiday mood? Plenty of Christmas parades take to the streets of our coastal communities to kick off the season’s celebrations. Dec. 7: Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration in Gulf Shores Dec. 7: Daphne Christmas Parade Dec. 7: Fairhope Magical Christmas Parade Dec. 8: The Foley Christmas ...Read More

History of Mardi Gras on the Alabama coast

What city first started the Mardi Gras tradition in the United States? Ask someone from Louisiana, Alabama or Mississippi, and you may get three very different answers. In Alabama, folks take great pride in naming Mobile as home of the original Mardi Gras celebration in this country. Though many people associate Mardi Gras with New ...Read More

Where to hear live music

Want to listen to live music on the Alabama coast? Whether you enjoy a singer/songwriter, dance band, or rock and roll, awesome venues for catching a show are around every bend. We’ll run down some of our favorites. We’ll start with Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores. Located at 300 E. 24th Ave., Big ...Read More

What you can expect to catch while fall fishing

Anyone who has fished Alabama waters knows fall is an awesome time to reel in some great catches. And the benefits of fall fishing include the cooler temperatures, of course, as well as the less-crowded piers and beaches. Ready to get that line wet? When you’re fishing saltwater, prepare to hook amberjack, Spanish mackerel, flounder, ...Read More

Where to camp along the Alabama scenic byway

Pitch a tent! Beautiful parks along Alabama’s Coastal Connection invite you to spend the night under warm Southern skies. Gulf State Park boasts 6,500 acres of land that includes 2.5 miles of beachfront; a beach pavilion with restrooms, showers and shaded picnic tables; three freshwater lakes; a swimming pool; a golf course; a nature center ...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

Take a scenic drive along the byway

Good things take time, and when it comes to the Alabama Coastal Connection, it’s worth the extra time to take the scenic route. From incredible restaurants to charming small towns to white sand beaches, the Alabama scenic byway has everything you need to start planning your perfect summer road trip. Pack your bags, create the ...Read More

Celebrate America’s birthday on the byway

America turns 242 this year, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate the birth of our nation along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. When you’re finished filling up on hotdogs, hamburgers and beer, head to some of these Independence Day celebrations happening all along the beach byway. As usual, Fort Morgan is blowing it out for ...Read More

Tips to make the most of your Hangout Fest experience

Planning your trip to this year’s Hangout Music Festival? From May 18 to 20, thousands of music lovers will descend upon Gulf Shores ready to rock out all weekend long. If you’ve never been to this gigantic music festival before, here’s our guide to making the most of your Hangout experience. Skip AirBnb. AirBnB might ...Read More

Fall festivals you can’t miss along Alabama’s Coastal Connection

Summer may be coming to a close, but the party’s just getting started along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. We’re starting fall off right along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, with festivals celebrating the best things about our state: food, music and culture. Plan your next adventure along our coastal byway around one of these fun fall activities. The ...Read More