Families who embark on dolphin cruises can easily spot many of these creatures off the Gulf Coast.

A Gulf Shores vacation is not complete without a trip out onto the water, and cruising the open seas is the perfect opportunity to spot dolphins. There are a number of tours that bring travelers right to the center of these dolphin pods, where you can view dozens of the delightful creatures.

Spot dolphins off the Gulf Coast

There are few animals that inspire as much love and excitement as dolphins. The marine mammals are among the most beloved creatures in the world, regularly dazzling people with their seemingly friendly nature, intelligence and playful attitude. All of these qualities make them the perfect addition to any Gulf Shores vacation, but before you head out onto the water and fully embrace the allure of dolphins, you'll have to choose a local company to take you right into the heart of the animals' ocean habitat. 

Fun for the whole family

Families who embark on dolphin cruises can easily spot many of these creatures off the Gulf Coast.Families staying in Orange Beach during their vacation will likely want to find activities that allow them to spend quality time together. The relaxing nature of an ocean excursion is one that lends itself perfectly to travelers of all ages. Whether you're vacationing with a gaggle of little kids or your entire extended family, everyone will be able to enjoy a dolphin cruise, particularly when you use an operator that is known for top-of-the-line marine adventures. 

Cold Mil Fleet

One option for vacationers staying at Gulf Shores rentals is dolphin cruises aboard the Cold Mil Fleet. The company launches two separate boats out onto the water at the same time, creating waves that the dolphins love to jump and play in. These creatures frequently surf and swim beside the boats as well, providing you with a very close encounter that few people get to experience. 

Lasting for about an hour and a half, this dolphin cruise is one that you and your family won't want to miss. Trips leaves from Bear Point Marina in Orange Beach, which is just a short distance from many local vacation rentals and other area hot spots where you'll likely be spending your time. 

Have a stellar dolphin cruise

The guides leading your cruise will be able to provide you with some background information and insider knowledge on dolphins in the area. However, you can still take advantage of a few things that will make your experience extraordinary and help to enhance your time on the water. For one, you can book a sunset dolphin cruise, as opposed to the options during the day. Not only will this give you more free time to spend on the beach outside Orange Beach condos, but you'll also get to view a gorgeous sunset over the Gulf Coast. 

One of the most important things you should pack is your camera, as there's no telling just how close the dolphins will get or what kind of stunning sights you'll see as you cruise along the Gulf Coast. This is also the perfect opportunity to capture some candid snapshots of your family - the joy on your children's faces is not something you'll want to forget. 

Make sure you call a few days ahead of your trip to reserve space on the boat, as many of the trips will fill up. You can also pack coolers and snacks to keep everyone in your party happy. 

Related Articles

Get creative at the Orange Beach Art Center

Get creative at the Orange Beach Art Center

Want to bring home a truly special souvenir or get in touch with your creative side and brush up your painting or drawing skills while staying at a Gulf Shores area vacation rental? Stop by the Orange Beach Art Center, where you can take classes or peruse and purchase local artwork showcasing Alabama's beautiful coastline.

Your shopping guide for Orange Beach

Your shopping guide for Orange Beach

The shopping options along Alabama's Gulf Coast are second to none, whether you're looking for a thrifty bargain store or a trendy fashion boutique. In Orange Beach, you can shop until you drop with the whole family, or maybe just a few of your closest friends.

Catch a live one on an Orange Beach fishing trip

Catch a live one on an Orange Beach fishing trip

Here in Orange Beach, Alabama, we know how to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you're an experienced angler or don't know a bird nest from a bimini twist, Orange Beach fishing trips are the perfect way to enjoy the tranquil natural beauty of the Gulf Coast.

Top 5 things to do at the beach in Alabama

Top 5 things to do at the beach in Alabama

There's so much more to do at a beach along Alabama's Gulf Coast than playing in the sand and jumping in the waves. When you feel ready to broaden your horizons by trying something a little different, consider taking a ferry or watching the moon rise.

Enjoy a unique honeymoon in Orange Beach

Enjoy a unique honeymoon in Orange Beach

Your honeymoon will be filled with wonder as you enjoy romance and create beautiful memories in Orange Beach, where the opportunities to steal a kiss are around every corner. From outdoors activities to deep relaxation, create your own style to celebrate your marriage.

Newest Articles

Get Your Art Fix At The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance

Try your hand at your own artistic creations at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance in Gulf Shores, Alabama. There is a variety of workshops, an art gallery and a gift shop stocked with one-of-a-kind items.

February 11, 2016 - Gulf Shores | Things to Do

Jimmy Buffett Announces May 31 Concert At The Wharf

Jimmy Buffett has announced he will play The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama, for a May 31 concert. Tickets go on sale February 19.

February 11, 2016 - Orange Beach | Things to Do

Boats Galore On Display At The Wharf

A not-to-miss annual event, the Wharf Boat & Yacht Show will be held March 17-20, 2016, at The Wharf Entertainment Complex in Orange Beach, Alabama.

February 09, 2016 - Orange Beach | Things to Do


Orange Beach Map

Upcoming Events

  • Feb 12
    Take a Number, Darling
  • Feb 13
    10th Annual Trivia Night
  • Feb 13
    8th Annual Tropical Re-Union Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony
  • Feb 13
    Snowbird Pancake Breakfast
  • Feb 13
    Take a Number, Darling
  • Feb 14
    Take a Number, Darling
  • Feb 17
    Take a Number, Darling
  • Feb 18
    2016 Island Cup Soccer (Boys and Girls)

Local Weather

weather icon 66ยบ Conditions: Clear
Humidity: 71%
Wind: WSW 22 mph

Weather information provided by wunderground.com

Last Updated on February 11, 2:55 PM CST

Latest Video