The fall season is in full swing, meaning there’s lots to do, see and experience in Daphne, Alabama! The city of Daphne is known for its beautiful scenery, rich history and strong quality of life. The city’s success is attributed to the strong sense of community by partaking in community-wide festivities all season long for residents and those in surrounding areas to enjoy. With all that there is to do during the fall season, we’ve created a fall bucket list for you to experience yourself.
Hike Village Point Trail
Daphne, Alabama, is full of beautiful sights and nature to see. One thing to consider is hiking Village Point Trail located right next to the shores of Mobile Bay. This scenic trail offers a number of activities to do and is open year-round. When you start the trail, you’ll hike across an area that is immersed directly into the wooded forestry surrounding the trail. You’ll be able to walk right over to areas with access to see local birds, reptiles and other wildlife. The trails transition into side trails that you can follow that can lead you to other activities like viewing Jackson’s Oak, one of the largest and most historic live oaks in Alabama, or to piers overlooking the Mobile Bay. The D’Olive Cemetery is a burial site on the trail that dates back to the early 1800s of the oldest family in Baldwin County. The Village Pointe Trail has been a staple city activity that locals and visitors love to visit year after year.
Attend Christmas Parades
Daphne, Alabama, has a long line of annual traditions and celebrations that happen every year. So, the city is no stranger to parades with its Mardi Gras deep-rooted history. Christmas parades are a local favorite in the Daphne community and there’s a good reason for that. Locals and visitors will line the streets of Daphne for holiday-themed parade celebrations throughout the holiday season. You can catch anything from beads, candy, full-sized stuffed animals, gadgets and even cups! Living right next to the Gulf of Mexico also has its advantages, like being able to attend boat parades happening because of the holiday spirit! Along with your typical parade celebration, Daphne, Alabama, is close enough to surrounding cities like Gulf Shores, Alabama, to attend the Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade that is filled with brightly decorated and lit boats to be seen by all. Along with parades happening in Daphne and Gulf Shores, Mobile, Spanish Fort and Fairhope are just a few other cities that take advantage of the family-oriented community to host these wonderful holiday-themed events.
Stop by Manci’s Antique Club
Manci’s Antique Club has been making headlines since 1924. This physical piece of history has withstood the test of time through all of the city of Daphne’s transitions and community growth. An Italian immigrant named Frank Manci started it all when he bought the property on Main Street and built a gas station in the early 1920s. Arthur Manci, Frank’s son, took over in 1947 and soon after obtained a liquor license in 1967 to create the bar it’s known for. Manci’s Antique Club has been featured on the “Small Town Sensations” series and the “Better Than Ever” series on Food Network. They have a little bit of everything from Gulf Coast seafood, to sandwiches and burgers you’ll love. What makes this community hub so incredibly unique is its interior that's filled with countless antiques such as lamps, gas pumps, signs, radios and even a telephone booth. You'll certainly be taken back in time while dining at this unique dive bar. Manci’s Antique Club has so much great history to offer, make sure to stop by and try their food and drink specials.
Daphne’s Annual Tree Lighting
A true Daphne tradition is the Annual Tree Lighting that happens in Olde Town Daphne. This family-friendly event is a great way to celebrate the holiday season with your community. Locals and visitors line the streets of Main Street to count down until the town lights up by thousands of stands of Christmas lights. Children’s activities, local vendors, hot chocolate and special musical guests will be featured for entertainment. This event will happen on December 2nd, 2021, at Daphne City Hall. Activities will start at 5:30 p.m. and the tree lighting will start at 6 p.m. This tradition is a community favorite and sets the tone for the holiday season in our area. Along with Daphne’s Annual Tree Lighting, Daphne’s neighboring city, Fairhope, hosts their own Annual Tree Lighting that fills the streets of downtown Fairhope every year with the holiday spirit in full force.
Wales West RV Resort & Light Railway
For the best type of fun, make sure to get aboard the Arctic Express at Wales West RV Resort & Light Railway. This journey takes you across a winter wonderland train ride through the 13-acre Wales West RV Resort. Enjoy walking through the lights on your way to your train ride. The resort features over a million twinkling lights cascading over many exhibits. Take The Arctic Express to have a chance to visit with Santa at the North Pole on the resort. This event happens all during the holiday season. Before The Arctic Express is ready to roll around, Wales West RV Resort & Light Railway offers The Pumpkin Patch Express during the early fall season, The Summer Fun Express through the summer and The Cottontail Express during the spring season.
Daphne, Alabama, is home to many annual traditions, events and wonders that are a “must-see” once you become a local or are visiting. Bay Breeze Apartment Homes in Daphne, Alabama, is committed to providing the best experience to our residents. To view our floor plans and amenities we offer, visit www.baybreezeapartmenthomes.com or call our office at (251) 621-9150.