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The skating, skate rentals and other activities are very affordable, as are the refreshments. If you are looking for some great indoor fun in the Daphne area, you have to check out Hot Wheels.
Whether you're looking for an organized day of family fun or a nice outdoor excursion, you should have no trouble finding just the thing when you're in Daphne.
Located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, Daphne, Alabama is a picturesque and rapidly growing city. The population of Daphne was about 3,400 in 1980, but quickly increased to almost 12,000 by 1990 and is now estimated to be approaching 20,000. This growth is due in large part to the city's attractive shoreline location as well as the fact that Daphne still maintains major elements of a small town atmosphere while incorporating many modern urban amenities.
In fact, the history of settlements in the area which is now Daphne actually predates recorded history, going all the way back to some of the earliest Native American settlements. Before the first Europeans landed in this part of America, the Native American population in the area reached upwards of 5,000, and many of their burial grounds can be found throughout Baldwin County, of which Daphne is the largest city. The first Europeans to establish settlements in Daphne arrived in 1540 on an expedition led by Hernando de Soto. The community that eventually became Daphne was officially established in 1763, and it became the Baldwin County seat in 1868. This title was transferred to another Baldwin County city around the turn of the century, but Daphne continued to thrive and is the most populous city in the county today.
Daphne is also known as the Jubilee City in reference to an uncommon aquatic event that occurs in the waters along Daphne's coast. Several times each summer, a Jubilee causes many varieties of sea life including shrimp, blue crabs, flounder, stingrays and catfish into the shallow waters along the shore. The fish and other animals come in such large numbers that they can simply be scooped out of the water by the many residents waiting with buckets, nets and other devices.
The residents of Daphne take great pride in their city and their southern heritage. While the city is comfortable and full of all the things you'd expect in a modern city, the countryside around Daphne is largely untouched and offers some great opportunities for outdoor activities. Hiking, fishing and camping are all common pastimes for the residents of Daphne and visitors alike. In fact, many people come from all over Alabama every year to spend some time on the shore of the Mobile Bay.
Daphne also benefits from its proximity to larger cities like Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida. In fact, Mobile is only 11 miles west of Daphne, and this makes it easier for Daphne to supply the needs of its growing population while keeping its autonomy and independent identity. No matter what your interests are, Daphne is a great place to visit and spend a relaxing weekend or vacation.