Daphne, Alabama is situated along the Mobile Bay’s eastern shore. The quaint community of fishing camps along the beach and historic houses is home to many different activities for both locals and visitors alike to enjoy. There are a host of cultural offerings, festivals, beaches, parks, and restaurants. From holding baby alligators and spending a day at the park to fishing excursions and Cajun cooking, there’s more than most people would think.

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1.Gator Alley Boardwalk

Gator Alley Boardwalk
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The Gator Alley Boardwalk was started in 2004 by Wes Moore. Each one of the alligators that calls this place home was rescued from places that were dangerous to them. These alligators are transported from unnatural areas to Gator Alley, designed to provide them with a natural habitat. Guests can start their visit with a guided walk along the elevated platform for viewing, from which they can see more than 450 alligators, ranging from babies to adults. Bull frongs, owls, ospreys, and turtles can also be seen. Visitors can also feed and hold baby alligators at the Gator Station.

19950 Highway 71, Summerdale, AL 36580, Phone: 866-994-2867

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2.Village Point Park Preserve

Village Point Park Preserve
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The Village Point Park Preserve is one of the newer parks in the town of Daphne, Alabama. It is a park rich not just in local history, but in history on a national and global level as well. Some of the continent’s earliest inhabitants lived and traveled across the area, and Europeans explored the land and founded colonies. The main highlight of the Village Point Park Preserve is the unlimited public access to Mobile Bay. The park provides one of last public beaches anywhere on the bay, offering visitors and locals alike a chance to enjoy the waters.

27710 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526, Phone: 251-621-3703

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3.May Day Park

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The May Day Park in Daphne was established back in the year 1887, and has served as the town’s site for local festivals for more than sixty years. Large oak trees offer an abundance of shade down the slightly sloping bluff, which ends at the Mobile Bay. Amenities found throughout the park include the pier, a playground, picnic tables, a beach, restrooms, a bandstand, free boat launches, and a handicap accessible boardwalk. Visitors can park for free at May Day Park, with a handful of spaces situated near the waterfront. The main parking lot is at the entrance of the park.

1 College Ave, Daphne, AL 36526, Phone: 251-621-3703

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4.The American Sport Art Museum & Archives

The American Sport Art Museum & Archives
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The American Sport Art Museum & Archives, found on the United States Sports Academy’s campus, is focused on preserving sports history, literature, and art. The museum, also known as ASAMA, was founded in the year 1984, recognizing the significance of the connection of athletic competitions with culture and its artistic expression since the beginning of sports. The collection at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives consists of over 1,800 items across all forms of media, such as photography, posters, prints, sculptures, and paintings. This collection is thought to be the largest of its kind in North America, possibly the world.

1 Academy Dr, Daphne, AL 36526, Phone: 251-626-3303

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5.Sunset Pointe at Fly Creek Marina

Sunset Pointe at Fly Creek Marina
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A quick drive (just under 10 minutes!) is all it takes to tuck into an out-of-this-world delicious meal at the warm and inviting Sunset Pointe. Owned by “Panini” Pete Blohme, the Sunset Point sits idyllically at the waterfront of Fly Creek Marina and dishes up spectacular and well-balanced seafood meals alongside creative cocktails. Tuck into mouthwatering small “bights”, as they call them, like the Seared Tuna Nachos or the Gulf Coast Shrimp BBQ with Crusty Bread to start your meal, or check on the raw oysters available for the day if you want to start with a treat straight from the waters. After whetting your appetite move on to crowd-pleasers like the Grilled Gulf Coast Shrimp, the Gulf Snapper Throats, or the Southern Fried Fish n’ Chips.

831 N. Section Street, Fairhope, Alabama, Phone: 251-990-7766

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6.Daphne Museum (Daphne Methodist Church)

Daphne Museum (Daphne Methodist Church)
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The Daphne Museum of History is located inside of the historic Daphne Methodist Church. The church was built in the Colonial style and is the Eastern Shore’s oldest church in existence today. It is an important part to understanding the social history of the people across several generations who lived around the church. Situated behind two very old oak trees, the Daphne Methodist Church and Daphne Museum sits on a scenic bluff that overlooks the Mobile Bay. The church is made from sturdy white pine that is beautiful in its simplicity, characteristic of the style of the pioneers who used the church

405 Dryer Ave, Daphne, AL 36526, Phone: 251-621-9620

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7.Ugly Fishing LLC

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Ugly Fishing is a guide service for fishing excursions that services the entirety of the Mobile Bay area, as well as the rest of the state of Alabama’s coast. The guide service provides fishing charters for both residents and visitors alike in Daphne, Point Clear, Farihope, Orange Beach, Dauphin Island, Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Mobile, Grand Bay, Bayou La Batre, Theodore, and Spanish Fort. The primary captain and owner of Ugly Fishing is Captain Patric Garmeson, who has more than thirty year of experience fishing in the waters of the Mobile Bay area. He started his fishing guide service in 2010.

Daphne, AL, Phone: 251-747-1554

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8.Hot Wheels Skate Center

Hot Wheels Skate Center
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The Hot Wheels Skate Center is much more than just a neighborhood establishment for roller skating. Along with offering skate sessions for the public, Hot Wheels consists of an arcade, a novelty Stuff Shop, a full-service snack area, and a Pro Shop. The skate center also offers summer camp programs, after school care, and party packages. Hot Wheels is family-owned and operated in the center of Daphne by the Eady family. The family has been running the skate center for more than seventeen years, and takes great pride in maintaining an affordable, fun, and safe environment for guests to enjoy roller skating.

616 Whispering Pines Rd, Daphne, AL 36526, Phone: 251-626-5120

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9.Boudreaux's Cajun Grill

Boudreaux's Cajun Grill
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The belief of Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill is that for guests to have a dining experience that is truly memorable, the recipe requires just the right number of ingredients.This Cajun restaurant is the result of combining a handful of boys from the country’s South, a passion for the cuisine of Louisiana, and just a bit of spices. The seafood restaurant on the Eastern Shore serves Cajun-inspired menu items that are made with the freshest ingredients from the area, local seafood dishes, refined creole dishes cooked from scratch, and premium steaks. It’s a popular restaurant with both tourists and locals.

29249 US Hwy 98 Daphne, AL 36526, Phone: 251-621-1991

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10.Moe's Original BBQ

Moe's Original BBQ
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Moe’s Original BBQ was started by three Alabama boys: Jeff Kennedy, Ben Gilbert, and Mike Fernandez. The three became friends during their time at Tuscaloosa’s University of Alabama and shared an interest in everything Southern: whisky, college football, blue, and BBQ. They learn how to fire roast meats from Moses Day, whose distinct style is what make up the original flavor of Moe’s BBQ. All meats served at Moe’s Original BBQ are smoked fresh daily. The restaurant also prepares between eight and ten Southern-style sides and desserts, made from recipes that have been handed down through generations.

6423 Bayfront Park Dr, Daphne, AL 36526, Phone: 251-625-7427

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11.The Wacky Shrimp

The Wacky Shrimp
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Richard Roush, owner of The Wacky Shrimp, spent his childhood summers out on the Bayou La Batre waters on his family’s shrimp boat. Many years later he opened the family-owned seafood restaurant, The Wacky Shrimp, in the town of Daphne, Alabama. The restaurant serves the highest quality of oysters, shrimps, and other seafood that’s offered along the Gulf Coast. Each meal at The Wacky Shrimp is made to order, making sure that the food is as fresh as it can be upon arriving at customers’ tables. The restaurant provides a family dining experience and atmosphere, catering to guests of any budget.

1650 US-98, Daphne, AL 36526, Phone: 251-621-9697

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12.Mediterranean Sandwich Co.

Mediterranean Sandwich Co.
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The Mediterranean Sandwich Company serves three different locations, and serves the finest beef-lamb blend and chicken rotisserie in the region with unique service and exciting dishes. Each dish served at the Mediterranean restaurant is made to order by hand, using only the finest and freshest ingredients available. Specialties at the Mediterranean Sandwich Co. include orzo pastas, homemade soups, and stone-toasted flatbread sandwiches. The authentic atmosphere and menu are representative of the spirit found in the Mediterranean. Friendly staff, an innovative and delicious menu, and fresh, simple ingredients that are treated respectfully all come together at the Mediterranean Sandwich Company.

6890 Us Hwy 90, Daphne, Al 36526, Phone: 251-621 2271

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13.The Sugar Kettle Cafe

The Sugar Kettle Cafe
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The Sugar Kettle Cafe was originally started by Michelle Young as simply a hobby. While the cafe has grown significantly over the years, it mostly still remains a hobby and an avenue in which Young can do what she loves most, which is to cook. A large amount of the recipes used for dishes served at Sugar Kettle Cafe are actually recipes that the owner and her business partner enjoyed eating growing up. Some, however, have been changed throughout the years. Michelle Young likes to call her style of cooking as “southern cooking with a modern flair.”

1015 Daphne Ave, Daphne, AL 36526, Phone: 251-626-5657

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14.Rock Creek Golf Club

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Attraction Spotlight: Village Point Park Preserve

Daphne, Alabama’s Village Point Park Preserve is a 70-acre protected natural area. Archeological digs within the site prove a history dating back to the earliest inhabitants of North America. The preserve protects heritage trees, wetlands, streams and woodlands, creating a home for the native wildlife.

Features of Village Point Park Preserve include Jackson’s Oak, the largest live oak in Alabama. Live oaks can live for at least one thousand years, and this oak, at 95 feet tall and 28 feet in diameter was already of a grand stature when a 1787 land survey was conducted by the Spanish, and when General Andrew Jackson made a speech from a limb of the oak during the War of 1812. An observation platform surrounds the tree to allow viewers to enjoy it up close without doing damage to the roots. The preserve is also home to six additional “State Champion” trees.

A short trail, the D’Olive Plantation Nature Trail, winds around the oak to the D’Olive Cemetery and to a prehistoric burial ground beyond. The D’Olives were the first family in Daphne, Alabama and the cemetery dates back to the early 1800’s. The oldest gravestones are inscribed in French, and would have belonged to a family that lived on the land, as it was customary back then to perform burials on your own plantation.

The Yancy Creek cuts through the Preserve, while beach access to Village Point Beach is provided by a short trail. All trails in the park offer easy hiking and are dog and bicycle friendly. A full loop of all trails spans about 2 miles. Village Point Beach allows swimming, but alligators and murky waters keep most guests out. Wind makes it a popular location for kite surfing.

A nature boardwalk parallels the Alligator Habitat along D’Olive Bay, and is also among the best places for bird watching in Daphne. Commonly spotted birds include bald eagles, great horned and barred owls, and water birds such as the great blue heron, tricolored heron and great egret.

Visitors can overlook the bay from a pier that extends out across from the Richard Scardamelia Pavilion. The pavilion is Daphne’s premier private event venue, and is host to weddings and other parties. With views overlooking the bay, it has been rated one of Alabama’s most beautiful places to get married. Kayak and Canoe access is also available through the separate entrance to Bayfront Park, although the Village Park and Bayfront Park are connected.

History: Village Point Park Preserve is a colonial and Native American site known as “the village,” and marks the location where the native Alabamans, Tensaws, the the Creeks, Seminoles and Choctaws would meet up at different times throughout history. It’s where the French first established Fort de la Mobile, and where the Spanish would convene before heading to their fort a few miles to the north. Farragut’s men landed nearby before marching to capture the Spanish Fort. The Village today marks the site of the history of Alabama, and Daphne in particular.

When discussions on the construction of a Bayfront park began in 1994, the Village Point Foundation was founded soon after in 1995. The Foundation was established with a mission to preserve and maintain all the parks of Daphne, Alabama. By 1996 close to 7 acres had been secured as Bayfront Park, which includes the current location of the pavilion. By 1999 an additional 50 acres had been acquired, establishing the Village Point Preserve. An additional 11 acres were adjoined to the park in 2003. Village Point Park was awarded the Alabama Urban Forestry Award in 2003.

Recently, the Village Point Foundation was awarded a grant to further restore the D’Olive Cemetery. Signs will be constructed for each gravesite, especially where the years or vandalism have worn away grave markings. A military headstone will be installed to mark the burial site of the D’Olive sons, who both served the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Ongoing Programs and Education: Tours of the Village Point Park Preserve are self guided, and enhanced by informative kiosks located throughout the park, with short sound clips on the history of the area. The park is a popular meet-up point for hiking groups, bird watchers and scout troops.

What’s Nearby: While Village Point Park and Preserve is the largest of all Daphne parks, the Village Point Foundation manages five other city parks.

27710 Main St, Daphne, AL 36526, Phone: 251-621-3703

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Attraction Spotlight: The American Sport Art Museum & Archives

The American Sport Art Museum and Archives, or ASAMA, is located in Daphne, Alabama on the campus of the United States Sports Academy. The museum preserves the history of sports through arts and literature with a collection of over 1,800 paintings, sculptures, photographs, posters, prints and more. Pieces span all media and represent the important cultural connection between creative expression and competitive athleticism.

The museum’s Thomas P. Rosandich Gallery is dedicated to the role the arts have played in exalting and glorifying physical performance in competitive sports. The museum is also home to a vast collection of Olympic Memorabilia and Olympic-related artwork.

The permanent collection is considered to be the largest collection of sports-related art in the world. Highlights include sculptural work by Armand Arman, known as the oracle of environmental art, and local sculptor Bruce Larsen, who creates athletic figures from salvaged metals. Painters represented in the collection include Bernie Fuchs, known for his 1960’s oils of golfing and horse racing, the Australian Miriam Cabello, whose painted series “white rope” features Aboriginal boxers, and San Diego’s Kadir Nelson, whose paintings carry forward the African American tradition of oral history through a visual lens. Also among the collection are illustrations by Murray Tinkleman, calligraphy by China’s Gu Gan, and works by graphic artist Primo Angeli.

An outdoor mural spanning the full height of the building’s exterior is the largest public art installation in Alabama. The mural, by artist Maestro Cristóbal Gabarrón graces the side of the architecturally acclaimed building which houses the museum. An outdoor sculpture park surrounds the museum with several environmentally friendly sport-themed sculptures.

History: The United States Sports Academy was founded in 1972 and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in sports-related studies. ASAMA, the Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives was founded in 1984 to honor artistic representations of sport, and their influence in inspiring athletes, coaches, and sport spectators worldwide.

Notable Academy alumni include Washington State University football coach Mike Leach, and Israeli-American Olympic figure skater Aimee Buchanan. The museum is supported through its relationship with the Sports Academy, and through member donations. Admission to the museum and its programs is free.

Ongoing Programs and Education: Free group tours of the museum are available by appointment, although the collection is easily accessible with a self-guided visit.

The museum has hosted the United States Sports Academy’s Sport Artist of the Year Award since 1984. The honor is given annually to an artist whose work best captures the spirit of athletics. Many of the artists represented in the permanent collection are past winners of the award.

American painter Ernie Barnes was the first to win the award in 1984, and repeated his win in 2004. The neo-mannerist painter had a 43-year long career during which he painted the American experience, and African-American experience via sport and recreation, from Ring around the Rosy to portraits of American Football League owners and players.

The Sport Artist of the Year award is just one of several awards the academy grants annually. Others include Distinguished Service Awards, Honorary Doctorates, Team of the Year, Alumni of the Year, and Outstanding Athlete awards. Each is designed to recognize those who have made significant contributions to American sport.

The 2018 award show and presentation was recently held in November. New York Painter Greg Kreindler and Chicago sculptor Lou Cella won the award. Their works were featured in the show and each will have a piece added to the museum’s permanent collection.

Past and Future Exhibits: The museum recently received a donation of 10 serigraphs by Sport Artist of the Year award winner Rick Rush, each of them portraying a historical moment in University of Alabama football. The works of art were donated by local resident L.D. McLaughlin Jr.

What’s Nearby: Daphne, Alabama is located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. The small suburb of Mobile is the most populated in the Baldwin County area, at just over 20,000 citizens. Popular destinations in the area include the Daphne Bayfront Park and Village Point Park Preserve. Spanish Fort’s Delta Resource Center and Wild Native Tours are popular outdoor recreation spots located just five miles away.

1 Academy Drive Daphne, AL 36526, Phone: 251-626-3303

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