Water view in Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Dauphin Island

Discover Dauphin Island, a charming bayfront town accessible via a scenic three-mile bridge. This idyllic, family-friendly island captivates visitors, beckoning them to stay for good. Don't miss the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Alabama Aquarium, savor unique island dining, and indulge in endless swimming, fishing, and sunbathing at the Public Beach. Experience Dauphin Island's pristine beaches, abundant wildlife, and vibrant blue waters—a must-see destination in Alabama.

Visit nearby cities like Gulf Shores or Orange Beach.

Water view in Dauphin Island, Alabama.

The Audubon Bird Sanctuary

The Audubon Bird Sanctuary is celebrated as a premier destination for witnessing Alabama’s awe-inspiring spring bird migrations. This avian sanctuary spans 164 acres, encompassing maritime forests, serene marshes, pristine dunes, and diverse ecosystems, with a robust trail system for avid explorers. Located at the island's eastern tip, this sanctuary is the first respite for neo-tropical migrant birds after their grueling flight across the Gulf from Central and South America each spring.

Visit the Birds
In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence.

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Life with Pets

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Plan an Alabama Vacation for the Whole Family

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How to Get There

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Dauphin Island is accessible from Highway 193 from Mobile or ferry from Gulf Shores.

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