Some states have their own tourism websites, usually called oyster trails, where they list restaurants, dealers, retail outlets and farms where you can buy oysters and learn about aquaculture and sustainability.
ECSGA maintains a listing of member shellfish farms all along the East Coast that offer farm tours. Just visit our Buy Shellfish page and select "farm tours" from the drop-down menu for type of shellfish or services.
One of Alabama's oyster trails is sponsored by the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program. It takes the form of a scavenger hunt through Mobile and Baldwin Counties. The trail is marked by giant, 4-foot oysters painted by local artists.
The focus is on Jefferson Parish restaurants serving Louisiana Oysters, each sporting a 3-foot tall oyster sculpture hand-painted with flair by a local artist. The trail extends from restaurants in the metropolitan areas surrounding Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico in Grand Isle.
Maine's oyster trail lists restaurants and markets offering Maine oysters, as well places to buy fresh oysters directly from farms, some of which offer tours showing what goes into growing and harvesting the tasty shellfish.
South Carolina's Low Country Oyster Trail is an experiential tourism, economic development, and environmental initiative. While the focus is on food, fun, and discovery, a portion of the profits goes towards promoting and enhancing marine ecological research, analysis, and environmental stewardship for the region.
Virginia's website features trip planning, and lists of lodging, local vineyards, breweries and restaurants, It also has a handy listing of searchable categories for eco-adventures and facility tours showcasing Virginia oysters.