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Travel options along the byway

Moderate temperatures, a more laid-back atmosphere and beautiful scenery are in store for travelers on Alabama’s Coastal Connection this time of year. To satisfy your taste for adventure and to see coastal Alabama from a different perspective, park your car and try an alternative means of transportation.   

Take a nature break on the byway before hitting the books

School lessons will be starting again soon. Maybe now is a good time to take a quick break and make your way to Alabama’s Coastal Connection Scenic Byway. There’s nothing like beautiful, natural scenery to brighten a mood!   Our Connecting with Nature sample itinerary  is a good place to start your journey. Allow a couple of days ...Read More

Mobile Bay Ferry Rides Add to Byway Adventure

If you’re looking to add to your byway adventure at a more leisurely pace, the Mobile Bay Ferry may be just the stop for you. The ferry offers year-round service across Mobile Bay between Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island. Tickets can be purchased at varying rates for passage. No matter where you’ll arrive, the journey ...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

Ring in 2019 along the byway

Make plans to bring in the new year at one of the many celebrations set along Alabama’s Coastal Connection on Dec. 31. Noon Year’s Eve at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores is a family-friendly event for those who don’t want to wait ’til midnight to celebrate. The fun starts at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, ...Read More

Where to ice skate along the byway

Get bundled up in a scarf and gloves and hit the ice along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. Ice skating on the coast? Yep! We’ve got it. Even if it’s still shorts-wearing weather outside, The Wharf in Orange Beach offers indoor ice skating through the middle of January. While we don’t really get much of a winter ...Read More

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

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

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