Dauphin Island offers plenty of way to explore marine life.

Dauphin Island is the perfect place for a natural escape when you have booked a vacation package in Gulf Shores or Fort Morgan. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy the marine life on this unique island in the Gulf of Mexico.

Explore marine life on Dauphin Island

With its critical role in U.S. history, Dauphin Island is a magnificent place for history buffs to visit. As an island in the Gulf of Mexico, it also has some incredible attractions for those interested in marine life.

When you're enjoying a Fort Morgan beach vacation rental, hop on the Mobile Bay Ferry for a day of marine exploration on Dauphin Island.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium

Dauphin Island offers plenty of way to explore marine life. Like an aquarium, an estuarium allows visitors to take a trip under water to view marine life as the sea creatures would. At this unique family attraction, kids young and old can marvel at the unique ecosystems in the area - from the delta and Mobile Bay to the barrier islands and Gulf of Mexico. Explore engaging interactive exhibits, admire the visual displays, and read the interpretive signs to learn more about the beauty and scientific significance of these native habitats.

Go fishing

Although the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo - the largest saltwater fishing tournament in the world - doesn't occur here until July, taking a fishing charter trip is an unforgettable experience all year long. Whether you're just starting out or are a professional, there is a chartered trip that is perfect for you. Charters out of Dauphin Island can be as simple as an afternoon fishing for speckled trout near Katrina Cut or as advanced as an overnight marlin safari. If you can, book your Gulf Shores area vacation package for the summer, too - that's when the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo comes to town.

The beach

Of course, one of the best places in which to enjoy Dauphin Island's natural marine beauty is on its stunning sugar-white sand beaches. The undeveloped beaches give visitors plenty of space to play in the water, dig in the sand and make their own marine discoveries.

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Tour Fort Gaines while on Dauphin Island

Fort Morgan may get all of the attention from travelers who visit the area, but a quick ferry ride to Dauphin Island provides an opportunity to see Fort Gaines. This well-preserved fort offers spectacular views and a fascinating glimpse into history.

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Bond with your son on an Orange Beach fishing trip

It's time for the men to share a bonding experience, so head out onto the water to pass the time talking about sports and fishing tactics while reeling in the biggest grouper or speckled trout you have ever caught.

Dauphin Island is a unique destination offering fun for the whole family.

Take a day trip to Dauphin Island

Vacationing in Fort Morgan is a fantastic choice for the whole family, and a day trip to nearby Dauphin Island offers even more fun. Whether you'd like to see historical sites or dive deeper into nature, this island will keep you interested and entertained.

Cold weather means improved Gulf Coast fishing

Cold weather means improved Gulf Coast fishing

Cold weather sweeping through the Gulf Coast sounds like bad news, but it's fantastic news for those looking for speckled trout during their Gulf Shores fishing excursions.

You can cross Mobile Bay easily with a scenic ride on the Mobile Bay Ferry.

Take a ride on the Mobile Bay Ferry

Getting to and from a more secluded destination like Fort Morgan doesn't have to be a hassle. In fact, it can easily be one of the highlights of a trip thanks to the Mobile Bay Ferry, which shuttles travelers between Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island on a fun and scenic ride.

Exploring the history of Fort Morgan, Alabama

Exploring the history of Fort Morgan, Alabama

Between sessions of soaking up the rays on the beaches of Fort Morgan, Alabama, take some time to show your kids a little bit of history. The remnants of this historic fort illustrate the protective barrier used by soldiers during times of war.

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Go sailing with Wild Hearts in Orange Beach

While the activities in Orange Beach, Alabama, are boundless, nothing quite compares to sailing in the beautiful waters of the Gulf Coast. On the Wild Hearts catamaran, one of the most popular charters in the area, you can enjoy whale watching while sipping a glass of wine with someone special.

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Catch up with Flipper on a Gulf Shores vacation

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The neotropic cormorant is one waterbird species you may see on Dauphin Island, which is home to sev

Dauphin Island: A bird watching paradise

Dauphin Island, a short day trip from Fort Morgan rentals on the beach, offers one of the best birding experiences in the nation. With seven protected sanctuaries on the island, birding enthusiasts have the chance to spot more than 347 bird species.

Kayaking is one of the best ways to see Dauphin Island.

Explore the best of Dauphin Island by kayak

Dauphin Island offers hundreds of opportunities to see some of the best of nature, but sight-seeing by foot can be limiting. In a kayak, however, travelers have the chance to experience the island from the perspective of the dolphins, herons and other wildlife they are hoping to see.

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