Attractions

Audubon Bird Sanctuary

Wild Bird Magazine recently selected Dauphin Island as one of the top four locations in North America for viewing spring migrations! It has also been sited as one of the ten most globally important sites for bird migrations. The Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island consists of 164 acres of maritime forest, marshes, and dunes, including a lake, a swamp and a beach. It is located at the Eastern end of Dauphin Island, a 14 mile-long barrier island situated off the Alabama Gulf coast.

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Bellingrath Gardens

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is a 65-acre botanical garden and mansion located on the Fowl River in Theodore, near Mobile, AL. The site was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on September 14, 1977 and on the National Register of Historic Places on October 19, 1982. The gardens include a bridal garden, a conservatory, a great lawn, a nature walk, an Oriental garden, a rose garden, a chapel, the Mermaid Pool, Mirror Lake, an observation tower, and a river pavilion where river cruises are provided on the “Southern Belle” and the “Kingfisher” (seasonal). “Magic Christmas In Lights” at Bellingrath Gardens celebrates the Christmas season (the Friday after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve) with a display of over 3 million lights.

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Chaise N’ Rays – Beach
Chairs and Cabana Rentals

Chaise N’ Rays offers a beach chair/umbrella, beach toys and baby furniture rental service. These items can be delivered and setup at the location of your choosing.

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Dauphin Island Ferry

The Mobile Bay Ferry provides auto and pedestrian ferry service from Dauphin Island to nearby Ft. Morgan and Gulf Shores. The Mobile Bay Ferry schedule varies by time of year and local sea conditions- see the link below to their website for the latest Mobile Bay Ferry schedule.

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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium is an exciting educational facility highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall and Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility is a showcase of the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the Estuary and its surrounding marine habitats.

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Historic Fort Gaines

Dauphin Island’s museum at Historic Fort Gaines is a self-guided walking tour through a well-preserved 19th century brick fort on the east end of Dauphin Island, Alabama. It is just across from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. It has a wonderful view of the bay from the fort. Fort Gaines was named after General Edmund Pendleton Gaines, a hero of the War of 1812. The fort is located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island, at the western approach to Mobile Bay.

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