Top 10 Things to do in Dauphin Island, United States

October 4, 2017 Etsuko Causey

Dauphin Island is a town in Mobile County, Alabama, United States, on a barrier island of the same name (split by the Katrina Cut), at the Gulf of Mexico. It incorporated in 1988. The population was 1,238 at the 2010 census. The town is included in the Mobile metropolitan statistical area. The island (originally named "Massacre Island") was renamed for Louis XIV of France's great-grandson and heir, the dauphin, the future Louis XV of France. The name of the island is often mistaken as "Dolphin Island"; dauphin is "dolphin" in the French language.
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1. Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary

109 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528-4603 +1 251-861-3607
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary

Reviewed By ExecChef - Calera, Alabama

Easy walking trails and paths all lead out to a beach access to the Gulf which is uncrowded and beautiful.lots of wildlife and natural environment with fresh water pond and many species of birds.not many benches to sit and rest also no restrooms not even in the parking lot

2. Fort Morgan State Historic Site

110 State Highway 180, Fort Morgan, AL 36542 +1 251-540-7127
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4.5 based on 808 reviews

Fort Morgan State Historic Site

Located on Mobile Point, at the end of Scenic Fort Morgan Peninsula, the site has a diverse number of activities to make your vacation a memorable one. Preceded by another fort, Fort Bowyer during the War of 1812, Fort Morgan is a Third System masonry fort built between 1819 and 1833. Standing guard where the bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, the fort played a significant role in the Battle of Mobile Bay in August 1864. Used intermittently through the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II, the site showcases the evolution of seacoast fortifications and adaptations made by the U.S. Army for the defense of the country.

Reviewed By AnnieNBobby - Tulsa, OK

If you have a few extra hours to kill, go see Ft. Morgan. We happened to be staying nearby and decided to visit. We all enjoyed it including my 9 year old grandson. The tour is self-guided and sometimes it's difficult to figure out what...MoreThe tracks were to deposit a 1600 lb shell into Battery Duportail's magazine. A small narrow-gauge train was used for the process.

3. Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium

101 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528-4603 +1 251-861-7500
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4.5 based on 515 reviews

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium

A large center for the academic study of marine wildlife.

Reviewed By Nicole T

Great place to go to learn about various native sea creatures and wildlife. Many hands on exhibits and small narratives to read about nearly everything ocean related around. Beautiful little gift shop. Every staff member we encountered was friendly and very helpful. Would definitely visit again.

4. Fort Gaines

51 Bienville Avenue, Dauphin Island, AL 36528 +1 251-861-6992
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4.5 based on 420 reviews

Fort Gaines

A restored fort that dates back to the colonial era.

Reviewed By Jonathan H

Seeing the old fort was a great experience for the entire family. Easy to get to and plenty of parking. Even a little gift shop.

5. Mobile Bay Ferry

101 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528-4603 +1 251-861-3000
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4.5 based on 533 reviews

Mobile Bay Ferry

Reviewed By Nicole T

We decided to take the ferry, mainly because that’s not ever been an option in land locked Oklahoma. The ride is pretty quick (about 35-40 minutes). The staff has it down to a fine art, loads and unloads quickly. I was able to work from the car while the rest of the family got out and enjoyed the scenery. I kept a strong internet signal the entire time. Glad we did it! Will do it again. Save your receipt for a discount on the return trip!

6. Dauphin Island Public Beach

1501 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528-4335 +1 251-861-3607
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4 based on 304 reviews

Dauphin Island Public Beach

Reviewed By SCDad - Clemson, South Carolina

I had heard such great things about this island, but truthfully, it's just a beach with a lot of old cottages built up on telephone poles so they don't wash away every summer. The public beach was cheaper than many others ($5/car) and had below-average bathrooms and outside showers to rinse off. The beach itself has no lifeguards and does get busier as the day goes along. Some nice birds to see and a sand bar you can wade out to.

All in all. It's just a beach.

7. FinAtics Inshore Fishing Charters

Dauphin Island, AL 36528
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FinAtics Inshore Fishing Charters

FinAtics Inshore Fishing Charters in located in Dauphin Island Al and offers inshore and near shore fishing trips. We service mobile bay, Dauphin Island, Ft. Morgan and all surrounding areas. Kids are welcome and encouraged.

Reviewed By RDHgrandma - Saint Louis, Missouri

We just returned from our family vacation to Fort Morgan and my 9 year old grandson's first fishing trip. Captain Chad knew this was Henry's first trip and precursor to his first time to join his dad and grandpa on their annual fishing trips to Canada. The experience couldn't have been better. Along with Henry's dad and Captain Chad's patience and guidance, his trip was exciting and just what he needed to get prepared for the fishing trips to come. We had a great time and Henry has been telling everyone the best part of his vacation was fishing with Captain Chad! Thanks so much, we'll be talking about this trip for a long time! If you're looking for a fishing trip, Finatics and Captain Chad are the best!

8. Indian Shell Mound Park

Iberville Drive, Dauphin Island, AL
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3.5 based on 99 reviews

Indian Shell Mound Park

Reviewed By TBeaupre - Fayetteville, Arkansas

A well-marked trail leads you around to a bit of history...Native American. These live oaks are 200 to 400 years old, some having ferns that are attached to them epiphytically (look it up!). You will also see smooth palmetto and yaupon holly. Bug spray!

9. Capt. Mike's Deep Sea Fishing

650 Lemoyne Dr, Dauphin Island Marina, Dauphin Island, AL 36528-4456
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4.5 based on 43 reviews

Capt. Mike's Deep Sea Fishing

We take individuals fishing or large and small private trips. From red fish close to shore to blue marlin fishing up to 100 miles offshore. Very nice a/c comfortable boats, the 60 ft. Lady Ann and 65 ft. Escape.

Reviewed By sheilajh - Kansas City, Missouri

Went on the dolphin cruise. The cruise was to last 4 hours and take us to the lighthouse. The weather was stormy so we were told we would not be able to go as far out as the lighthouse. We left the marina and picked...MoreYou went out on the Duke from Dauphin Island Marina. Capt. Mike's Deep Sea Fishing, Inc. does not have anything to do with the Duke or it's booking or operation.

10. Southern Drawl Charters

406 Dolive Street, Dauphin Island, AL 36528-3504
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5 based on 6 reviews

Southern Drawl Charters

Fishing at its finest! At southern drawl charters it's our mission to make sure you have the experience of your life whether you are an avid fisherman or taking the kids out for a quick trip we can accommodate you in a very fast boat that gets you fishing quickly . Whether it's Trolling for kings/mahi or bottom fishing for big red snapper we have you covered! Hope you get the chance to book!!

Reviewed By Honeaa - Grand Bay, Alabama

Captain and crew were amazing! I caught the biggest Cobia of my life! I can not wait until this coming season! I will definitely be fishing with Southern Drawl every year!That was one of the biggest cobia we caught this season , you did an awesome job!!! Great group of people!! Look forward too many more trips!

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