There are plenty of beautiful drives in Fort Morgan and the surrounding towns where visitors can look out over the Gulf of Mexico's stunning turquoise waters and take in the fresh, salty air. However, one of the best scenic excursions in the area doesn't take place on a road. It's the Mobile Bay Ferry, which runs between Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan.
The ferry is scheduled to run every day (weather permitting), but in the spring and summer, a second boat is engaged to accommodate the influx of guests. Whether you set out on the Fort Morgan Ferry or the Marissa Mae Nicole, a trip on either of these boats is an unforgettable addition during your vacation in Fort Morgan rentals.
Riding the ferry is an experience in and of itself, but you can make a trip across the water an all-day affair if you are looking for activities near your Fort Morgan condo. Here are some day trip ideas using the Mobile Bay Ferry.
Make it a day of history
Setting sail on the ferry is a perfect way to start out a day of history and interactive learning - whether you're with the kids or not! Youngsters will love the thrill of riding the ferry, and in the half-hour ride they will have plenty of time to admire the scenery from all sides. Watch as you close in on the historic forts that were built to protect the bay. From the bay, passengers can get a first-hand understanding of how it felt for sailors who fought on those very waters during the Battle of Mobile Bay, one of the Civil War's most notable naval conflicts.
Once you disembark on Dauphin Island, you can extend your day of history by visiting Fort Gaines. The construction of this historic structure began before the Civil War, but was used by the Confederate forces during the conflict and played a critical role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Visitors can learn about this and the rest of the fort's rich history during an interpretive tour.
A perfect trip for animal lovers
Many visitors love taking the ferry to Dauphin Island so they can see the wildlife of the Gulf Coast firsthand.
While on the water, you may see bottlenose dolphins bursting through the water's surface, as well as pelicans and seagulls soaring overhead. The animal adventures can continue once you've arrived on the island. Not far from the ferry landing, you can enjoy birding at the Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Established in 1961, this 164-acre plot of land encompasses a freshwater lake, sandy gulf beaches, a pine forest, a swamp, dune systems and hardwood clearings, attracting a wide variety of migratory and native birds. There is also the Estuarium - an aquarium where visitors can explore the aquatic creatures native to the gulf region.
After a late lunch or dinner on Dauphin Island, you can return to your Fort Morgan beach house and rest up for another fun day of adventures on the Gulf Coast.