Things to do in Daphne Alabama
Quiet Daphne, Alabama, sits on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. The small community of historic homes and beachfront fishing camps contains a host of activities for visitors, who can enjoy parks, beaches, festivals and cultural offerings. Luckily for the budget traveler, many of these activities and sites are free.
The Eastern Shore’s Jubilee Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Daphne is one of the few places in the world where you can witness a natural event known as a jubilee, when crabs, shrimp and fish carpet the beach. Visitors to the festival fill ice chests to the brim with the windfall. The accompanying festival brings local live music, a slew of food vendors — many of which offer seafood — and arts and crafts booths. The festival and the jubilee are free to attend.
Daphne’s Bayfront Park/Pavilion faces Mobile Bay. From here, you can watch sailboats drift by, take a walk on the beach, drop a fishing line, or watch the sunset. The park is open from dawn to dusk, with the pavilion available by appointment only. You’ll find a pier for crabbing and fishing, a boardwalk, meeting facility and restrooms. The park is on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, so you might spot blue herons, kestrel, osprey and hummingbirds nearby. The park is free to all.
Centennial Kids Park
If you’re traveling with kids, bring them to Daphne’s Centennial Kids Park, where they can expend some energy without spending your money. Your kids will have access to extensive playground equipment like slides and swings, and you can rest or read a book at a picnic table. The park features restrooms, well-kept flowering gardens, two oak trees over 300 years old and children’s artwork.
American Sport Art Museum & Archives
Daphne is home to the American Sport Art Museum & Archives, which is free to the public. Free group tours are also available if scheduled in advance. The museum preserves sports history, art and literature. The spacious gallery displays works of internationally famous sports art like sculptures, paintings and drawings. One highlight at ASAMA is an exhibit of Olympic posters. The museum also contains a small gift shop and visiting exhibits. ASAMA is thought to be the largest collection of sports-related art in the world