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Gulf Coast Adventures Along Alabama's Coastal Connection - National Scenic Byway

Coastal Adventures Along Alabama's Gulf Coast

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Explore nature, history, and adventures along Alabama’s Coastal Connection Scenic Byway stretching from the southern tip of Alabama for more than 130-miles to the Gulf of Mexico. While in the area, check out these scenic, coastal towns: Bayou La Batre, Dauphin Island, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Elberta, Foley, Magnolia Springs, Fairhope, and Daphne.

Explore on your own or take advantage of one or more of the suggested itineraries: connecting with nature, connecting with the past, connecting with the land and sea, connecting with each other and connecting with food. There's even an audio tour to enhance your explorations and provide interesting facts along the way.

One major highlight of the byway is Gulf State Park. The park's 6,000 acres of pristine coastline and wildlife refuge includes more than 27 miles of paved hiking, biking and birding paths along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. You might spy a white-tailed deer grazing on foliage, or spot an alligator basking in the sun. At the nature center, you can learn about native plants and see live animal exhibits including snakes, owls, and rabbits. The park also offers guided nature walks, beach walks, pier walks and other educational programs. Fishing opportunities are abundant with 900 acres of scenic freshwater lakes and the second largest pier on the Gulf.

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Explore the history of Orange Beach at the Indian & Sea Museum and learn about our local Indian heritage, visit the original schoolhouse, browse through artifacts from the Civil War and learn how the shrimping industry got its start. And while in Orange Beach, grab a bite to eat at The Wharf, then fly high between platforms on Alabama’s longest zipline

Paddle through Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge for an up-close look at colorful migratory birds and natural shorelines. You might even spot some frolicking dolphins. At historic Fort Morgan, brush up on your Civil War history and admire breathtaking views of the Gulf.

Alabama Coastal Connection logoA short ferry ride across Mobile Bay puts you steps away from the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the fourth largest estuary system in the U.S. Enjoy the educational and informative exhibit hall, the sting ray touch pool and the scenic, living marsh boardwalk while learning about the more than 100 local species of plants and animals on display. At the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, you can stroll 137 acres of forest, marsh and dune habitats, home to 420 different species of native and migrating birds.

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