The gulf coast of Alabama is a terrific place to visit. In addition to major league attractions like the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL and Battleship Alabama in Mobile, AL (both already reviewed) there are many fun and interesting things to see and do.
We enjoyed the Arts and Crafts show in Fairhope where we saw some extremely nice art work and hand crafts. Several young women were dressed in beautiful colorful Southern Belle dresses with large hat and lots of ruffles posing for photos with tourists and promoting the area. It was a beautiful day for a drive and day out after colder weather. I bought a silver and turquoise necklace that matches my turquoise set from my Grandmother Smith.
Another fun event was the Elberta, AL German Sausage Festival. There was a variety of craft and food booths. One booth was selling cheese curds – yum! Of course, the main attraction was the sausage we had for lunch. Mine had sauerkraut and Scott had spicy brown mustard on his. We sat listened to music and did a lot of people watching while we ate. Overall, it was a fun family event.
A free local attraction is the Foley Model Railroad Museum. It is at the local park right off the main highway through town. It is an ‘O’ Gage model railroad layout that is 24 by 60 feet, representing 12 different railroads of the time. The “town” is a 50’s era community with business, a church, fire station (with an animated truck and fireman), and a drive-in- theatre with a movie running on the screen. The miniature town has a full city park with a small train carrying children around the park, and much more to see. A favorite of small children is Thomas the Train running on its track along with a wide variety of trains going around the town and through the tunnel under the mountains. Outside in the park is a miniature train set up for children to play on with a bell to ring. The park itself is lovely and a nice place to take a break.
Of course, the main attraction of the area is the beautiful while “sugar sand” beaches. We enjoyed strolls along the beach – getting our feet wet and the sound of the surf. In addition to all the above, there are several great restaurants in the area, a big outlet mall and much more. We spent a month on the Alabama gulf and enjoyed all it has to offer. Chances are good that we’ll be back!