Best Things to Do on Dauphin Island

The island itself has so much to offer, especially if you’re into the outdoors. Trails to walk or bike are located all over.  

There are lots of opportunities for bird watching and trying to spot an alligator (that’s right, an alligator)! There are also a few green space parks, nature reserves, plus an estuarium and sea lab with public aquariums. 

20 Best Things to Do on Dauphin Island Alabama

Iconic for its importance in the American Civil War, Fort Gains guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for over 150 years. It was constructed between 1819 and 1853 to protect the island. 

Browse Historic Fort Gains

Marine scientists and researchers have ongoing research occurring here. You might even be able to see them in action! We did. 

Discover the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Self-Guided Tours

Inside the Sea Lab, there is a public aquarium. Inside the aquarium is an exhibit hall, sting-ray touch pool, along with 31 aquariums with over 100 species of wildlife that visitors can learn about and admire. 

Visit the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Aquarium

Visit the Goat Tree Reserve

Visit the Goat Tree Reserve to see beautiful giant oak trees. Supposedly, wild goats would climb up the trees back in the day to avoid being eaten by alligators! 

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