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Fairhope Municipal Pier and Park Mobile Bay from Interstate 10 to Weeks Bay. The path showcases a number of stunning views including the Fairhope Municipal Pier with its rose garden and giant fountain. Nature lovers will also want to check out the Weeks Bay Pitcher Plant Bog, vis- ible from an easy walk along the board- walk. Watch closely and you may see one of the bog’s many carnivorous plants cap- ture insects within its leaves. Feeling a little more adventurous? Go on a gator hunt along Daphne’s Gator Boardwalk. This free and accessible at- traction is a favorite for children looking to spot some big teeth. Hop on a boat tour at Blakely State Park or 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center and explore the area’s diverse wildlife in America’s Amazon, the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. The Delta is Alabama’s larg- est wetland ecosystem and the nation’s second largest river delta. While you’re at Blakeley State Park, get a history lesson as you explore the battlegrounds for the last major battle of the Civil War. It includes several miles of unspoiled Confederate and Union fortifi- cations associated with the Battle of Fort Blakeley in 1865. The beauty of the Eastern Shore has become a haven for artists. You can ex- plore beautiful works of art at several gal- leries dotted along Fairhope’s downtown streets. Be sure to stop in at the Eastern Shore Art Center where they have exhib- its changing out each month in their five galleries. Try to plan your visit during the first of the month as Fairhope’s down- town streets come alive for First Friday Art Walk. The American Sports Art Mu- seum and Archives in Daphne is dedicat- ed to sports art, history and literature and includes more than 1,800 pieces, the larg- est collection of sports art in the world. Historic Blakeley State Park DISCOVER COASTAL ALABAMA - WINTER 2019 19