The Best Things to Do in Dauphin Island

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Dauphin Island

Aquariums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Popular things to do in Dauphin Island

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium ©
Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium
Duration: 1h 30 min
Fort Gaines ©
Historic Site
Fort Gaines
Duration: 2 hours
Dauphin Island Public Beach ©
Dauphin Island Public Beach
Duration: 4 hours
Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary ©
Wildlife Area
Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary
Duration: 2 hours
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's great-grandson and heir, the Dauphin. The name of the island is often mistaken as "Dolphin Island"; dauphin is "dolphin" in the French language.The Gulf of Mexico is to the south of the island; the Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay are to the north. The island's eastern end helps define the mouth of Mobile Bay. The eastern, wider portion of the island is shaded by thick stands of pine trees, but the narrow, western part of the island features scrub growth and few trees.Dauphin Island is home to Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, The Estuarium public aquarium, the Dauphin Island Airport, boat ramps, a large public pier (that sits on dry land), historic sites, several restaurants, new condominium developments, and numerous private homes. Beaches attract tourism, and fishing is a popular activity in the waters around the island. The island is connected to the mainland by the Gordon Persons Bridge. Take the guesswork out of planning a United States vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Side trips from Dauphin Island

Bellingrath Gardens and Home ©
Historic Walking Area
Bellingrath Gardens and Home Theodore
Duration: 2h 30 min
Fort Morgan State Historic Site ©
Fort Morgan State Historic Site Fort Morgan
Duration: 1h 30 min

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