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.