Dauphin Island Journals

Discovering Dauphin Island

A November 2010 trip to Dauphin Island by Amber Autumn

Dauphin Island Campground Photo, Dauphin Island, Alabama More Photos
Quote: Dauphin Island is a charming, bohemian place along Alabama's Coastal Connection. Just south of Mobile, located in Mobile Bay, this island has sandy white beaches, an aquarium, centuries old historic forts, a bird sanctuary, and is a geologist's playground.

Dauphin Island Campground

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Hotel | "Campground With Great Location"

Dauphin Island Campground Photo, Dauphin Island, Alabama
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The Dauphin Island Campground has many amenities that newcomers who want to discover Dauphin Island would enjoy. There are 150 tree-lined sites for mobile homes, and there's also a bathhouse with hot showers for those who want to be very brave and bring their own tents and "rough it". Washers/ dryers can be found here too. In addition to the Campground store, there's free boat launches where you'll be in the Gulf of Mexico in less than five minutes to try your luck at fishing. There's also a pier where you can rent your own fishing equiptment, too. Besides renting fishing equiptment, you can also rent a bicycle to see some of the sites of Dauphin Island on your own. The main road is about se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 21, 2010

Dauphin Island Campground
109 Bienville Boulevard
Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528

Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary

Attraction | "A Nature Walk to Remember"

Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary Photo, Dauphin Island, Alabama
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The Aududbon Bird Sanctuary is off the beaten trail from Bienville Blvd. There's a tiny blue sign that says where it is, and you follow a narrow wooded lane until you come to a clearing of pine trees. If you haven't seen the blue sign on Bienville Blvd., and you pass up the Estuarium, then you've gone too far. Parking here is either quite spacious, or very tight if there's a lot of people. Despite being a sanctuary, there's 164 acres of woodlands, sand dunes that meets the Gulf of Mexico, and a swamp. Some animals that live here are hawks, deer (if you're really quiet), dragonflies, racoons, and other forest creatures. Little signs are placed throughout the woodland trail to tell you what ki...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 21, 2010

Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary
109 Bienville Blvd.
Dauphin Island, Alabama
(251) 861-3607

Estuarium - Public Acquarium

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Attraction | ""Sea" Life Up Close!"

Estuarium - Public Acquarium Photo, Dauphin Island, Alabama
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Almost near Fort Gaines and further up Bienville Blvd. is the Estuarium, the public aquarium of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The Sea Lab is the marine education and research center, and provides a large exhibit of "sea life". The Estuarium is also kid-friendly with activities and places for the children to play. One of the places for the kids is Miss May May, a red boat in front of the building. Inside, children can see how tall they are (and if they're the same size as a fish or a heron), play in another boat, and arrange foam sea creatures to see where they actually belong. The Estuarium starts out with a movie that shows the "watery world of Alabama". It then branches off into sections cal...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2010

Estuarium - Public Acquarium
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Dauphin Island, Alabama

Fort Gaines

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Attraction | "The Beaches and Historic Fort Gaines"

Fort Gaines Photo, Dauphin Island, Alabama
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By taking a left at the water tower and heading down Bienville Blvd., the beach is booming with science and history. Despite its unattractive name of Massacre Island by the Spanish in 1513 because of the "mountains of skeletons", Dauphin Island is a very interesting place. According to my geologist friends, Dauphin Island is a complex barrier island. Why it is important to know that is because it buffers hurricanes, and has been known to receive a good deal of some hurricanes and their strength. Plus, the beaches here are known for two things: a scientific shoreline and a historic site of Fort Gaines. The "scientific shoreline" has large rocks that is from the Mississippian period (geologic t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 20, 2010

Fort Gaines
51 Bienville Boulevard
Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528
(251) 861-6992