Excellent location for birding; there are a few benches where you can sit and watch. Also, just outside the park area are homes with "bottle brush" plants - there was a lot of activity in those bushes. If you go to look there, please be considerate of the homeowners - don't make a lot of noise, and don't leave behind trash. I hate to even have to...more
My husband and I came to Dauphin Island for the Spring Migration, and apparently Dauphin Island is one of the best places for this purpose. The entire island has been designated a bird sanctuary, and in the three days we were there, my husband saw several dozen birds, many of which were "life birds" for him. You can pick up a map at the local...more
Civil war-era fort on Dauphin Island in Mobile Bay, abandoned now and run as an historical park. There is a nice, although small, museum inside which houses civil war relics and information on the fort itself. Your $6 admission (adult) will get you admission to the fort, museum, and a self-guided tour booklet. I really enjoyed my visit - the...more
Did we want to see another fort? You could go across the Sally Port without paying, but to see inside the fort itself, you had to enter through the gift shop and pay - it was much more controlled than at Fort Morgan. We looked at the entrance fee - it was only $5. (I later found a coupon which would have given us $1 off the price but Bob said they...more
Shell Mound Park is a prehistoric Indian site located on the northern shore of Dauphin Island. Archeologists found prehistoric shell middens consisting of discarded oyster shells here. The site is also a significant bird watching location. The park is on the National Register of Historic Places.more
The George F. Crozier Estuarium is a public estuarium specializing in the display of, and providing education on, marine animals in the estuarine environment of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Facilities include a museum, and estuarium, and a living marsh boardwalk. Hours are 9 AM to 6 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 6 PM on Sunday. Entrance...more
Fort Gaines was established on Dauphin Island, Alabama in 1821 and is best known for its role in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the American Civil War. This is where Admiral David Farragut uttered the famous words "damn the torpedoes - full speed ahead" from his flagship the USS Hartford. The anchor from that ship is one of the items on display...more
We were visiting during the winter months and always travel with a pet. The facilities are pet...more
1601 Bienville Boulevard, Alabama, AL 36528, United States
Good for: Couples
I have not stayed at the campground, but it looked like it was one of the few places remaining on...more
We stopped here for dinner after a long day of birding on Dauphin Island. There were many cars in the parking lot, so it seemed like a good bet. This is a family-run restaurant - very "no frills". Meals were served with plastic utensils on paper plates. No big deal though. There is no "ambiance" to speak of. Our server was very friendly, but we...more
The Oar House Restaurant on Alabama's Dauphin Island is where locals go for great food and drinks in a beachside setting. Homemade soups, sandwiches and burgers made by the Oar House's in-house chef are like no other along the upper Gulf Coast. Adult drinks and specialty beers are best enjoyed on the open deck beneath towering palms as the sun sets...more
Outside, they advertise "Best Food on the Island" with a lunch special for $5.95. The lunch special was on cards on the table - one meat (choice of pork roast, grilled chicken breast, smoked sausage, fried catfish, chopped sirloin or country fried steak - the latter two with gravy) with three sides (choice of mashed potatoes, green beans, black...more
My family spent the weekend on Dauphin Island. I have not been there since Katrina. We needed to get away from everyday distractions. The beach was beautiful. New bar on the island was beautifully built! Spent Saturday night with a live band that was really good. Had a chance to meet Doug the owner of the bar. Very interesting gentleman. hE was done a great job hiring the staff. Our bartender was a young lady named Jessica. We never had to wait for any service even though the place was packed with guests. Joana who runs the kitchen was very nice to us. She certainly knows her food! We went Sunday for brunch. The menu was very interesting and well written. That is my wifes comments. She thought Joana was very intelligent and did a great job to make sure we were taken care of b y the staff.
Dress Code: Certainly no big dress code. Everyone was well dressed and not like nightclubs kids hang out at today.
The car ferry between Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island was reinstated in February 2006. One way trips take about 40 minutes. When we visited Fort Morgan it was not yet up and running, and we missed a chance to get the ferry from Dauphin Island.Sorry No Charge Cards Are Accepted At This TIme* Children under 12 FreeOne Way Ticket PricesAutos, Pickup...more
Dauphin Island has an island long bike path which parallels the main highway. Bob thought it was interesting, that the bike path had stop signs (slightly smaller versions than the ones on the highway) and double yellow lines painted on the pavement to show where bikes should be in relation to people coming the other direction. I got a picture of...more
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Marti's of Dauphin Island is an island-style boutique filled with upscale garments and lowdown duds for any price range. The eclectic mix of apparel, mainly for women, is selected from designers on the way up while still affordable. From dresses and slacks, to jewelry and stylish hats, Marti's of Dauphin Island is the place to shop.
What to buy: Beachware and handbags.
What to pay: Merchandise comes in all price ranges from low to semi-outrageous.
You will see many of the homes in the area built on stilts due to the frequent flooding caused by hurricanes and other adverse weather.
As always, when you see warning signs, you should obey them they are there for your safety and the protection of the area. At the beach here watch out for Rip Currents which pull you out to sea and Longshore Currents which parallel the shore and frequently link up with Rip Currents. If you are caught in a Rip Current: Do not panic, and swim...more
The Dauphin Island, Alabama Shell Mound Park is a prehistoric Native American monument of oyster shells, centuries-old live oaks and mystery. During the spring and fall migrations, thousands of birds call Dauphin Island home, many species setting down in the Shell Mound Park for easy observation. Legends say that after dark, ghosts walk in the moonlight along the winding paths beneath a thick canopy of Spanish moss. Creepy!
The sign outside said that the fort was established in 1821 for the defense of Mobile and that it was named for General Gaines who, as commandant of Ft. Stoddard, captured Aaron Burr fourteen years previously. (It wasn't actually completed and named until 1853 after the death of General Gaines.)While we had a good view from in front of the fort...more
The current lighthouse on Sand Island is the fourth at this location. It is on a narrow strip of land that was once 400 acres, and now due to erosion and in spite of tons a riprap, the lighthouse is basically falling into the bay. In 1837, Congress allocated $10,000 and Winslow Lewis began construction on Alabama’s first and only seacoast light- an...more