Go Road Tripping with the Alabama Coastal Connection Scenic Byway
Gas up the car and set your course for adventure – scenic adventure.
Start your journey on Day One in Grand Bay to experience this area’s agricultural heritage. Your route takes you to Bayou La Batre, described as the Seafood Capital of Alabama. The harbor at the heart of this fishing village is filled with shrimp boats, boat builders and a seafood processing plant. Travel just 10 more miles and see Bellingrath Gardens, a 65-acre estate that includes awe-inspiring seasonal gardens, holiday displays, and river cruises between March and November.
Another 10 miles down the road on Alabama Highway 193 is a bayfront park, a feature of many of our local communities (Fairhope, Daphne, Dauphin Island, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach). Enjoy the boardwalks that overlook this southern area of Mobile Bay and refresh yourself with cold drinks and a picnic lunch to fortify the next part of your journey.
Only two miles from the park is The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, a treasure trove of information that features the marine habitats, plants, animals and other natural resources found in the estuary. Learn about the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the barrier islands and the northern Gulf of Mexico. You’ll gain a new understanding of this unique and beautiful area of the country.