Fort Morgan, Alabama is among the most secluded destinations on the Gulf Coast. You might have already planned a week full of lounging, playing on the stunning white-sand beaches and dipping your toes in the warm Gulf of Mexico waters, but there may be one more event you'll want to add to your itinerary: a trip to Dauphin Island.

This destination is just a short ferry ride from Fort Morgan, making it a perfect day trip. Whether you're traveling with your special someone or the whole family, there's plenty for all ages to experience.

For history buffs

Dauphin Island is a unique destination with fun for the whole family.Dauphin Island is home to Fort Gaines and other historical sites that provide fascinating insight into the early settlements of the area. Dauphin Island and Mobile Bay were mapped by explorer Alonzo Pineda as early as 1519, and the island then became the headquarters for the French colonization along the Gulf Coast. The island was named after the heir to the French throne, Dauphine, and served as the capital of the Louisiana Territory (which amounted to nearly two-thirds of the U.S. at the time) for much of the 18th century. Today, visitors to Dauphin Island can still see much of the original settlement, including a fort, chapel and other structures.

For bird lovers

Ornithological delights are almost guaranteed at Dauphin Island, largely thanks to the island's Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Established in 1961, the sanctuary was established because of Dauphin Island's unique location and its role in spring and fall migrations. Visitors can follow the Alabama Birding Trail on the island and learn even more about the nature in the area thanks to an interpretive sign system throughout the area. The handicap-accessible boardwalk from the parking lot to Gaillard Lake is also a must-see.

So book your choice of Fort Morgan vacation rental properties for your next beach visit, and plan to spend a day at Dauphin Island. You won't be able to experience everything the area offers during just one short trip, but no matter which activities you choose to pursue, you are sure to create many memories to treasure.