A barrier island located three miles south of the mouth of Mobile bay in the Gulf of Mexico, Dauphin Island is reached by a three-mile-long high-rise bridge. Once you arrive on the relaxing and family-friendly Dauphin Island, you will discover why many of our visitors keep returning year after year, some becoming permanent residents.
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What To See & Do
Audubon Bird Sanctuary
One of the top birding locations in the nation, this 160-acre sanctuary has almost every natural environment you can imagine.
This pre-Civil War fort is famously known for the phrase, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”
Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
This award-winning aquarium features local animals and habitats.
Captain Mike’s Deep Sea Fishing
Enjoy fishing with large or small private charters that have individual prices.
Mobile Bay Ferry
A vehicle/passenger service from Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan with departures every 1 1/2 hours.
Indian Shell Mound Park
The park hosts many plants that are believed to have been transported to this area by Native Americans for medicinal or culinary purposes.
Quest Fishing Adventures and Cruises
From fishing to dolphin cruises, Quest provides customized private charter cruises.
Enjoy 32 miles of breathtaking, turquoise Gulf water and sugar-white sand. Championship golf, fishing, dining and more activities are available.
Where To Stay
The Inn at Dauphin Island
Guests of the inn enjoy private balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico in one- and two-bedroom units.
Dauphin Island Beach Club
These Gulf-front condominiums with miles of secluded beach also have two swimming pools, a gazebo and a boardwalk.
Willow Tree Cottage
This is a great place to stay all year long. It’s conveniently located and only a short distance from the beach.
Dauphin Island Campground
This RV and tent campground is within minutes of the Gulf and boasts recreation and walking trails to the Audubon Bird Sanctuary.
Where To Eat
Barnacle Bill’s Marina Grill
A Dauphin Island staple, Barnacle Bill’s serves delicious, fresh seafood. The crab cakes are a hit locally.
This bakery is a great place to catch breakfast. Everything is handmade and baked fresh daily, from freshly ground coffee to pastries.
Islanders Restaurant & Bar
Located beachside, this is a wonderful place to enjoy great food, drinks and hospitality. Stop in at night for the jukebox and live music.
Cool off with a snow cone and enjoy the best pizza on the island. Island Rainbow accepts cash only.
Bayou La Batre
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Getting there by plane
Getting there by car
Getting there by bus or train
The Mobile Regional Airport is a joint public and military use airport that offers 50 daily flights to and from Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte and Atlanta.
Mobile Regional Airport
8400 Airport Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36608
Dauphin Island is accessible by Alabama Highway 193, via Interstate 10, the southern terminus for Interstate 65.
Greyhound offers daily bus service, including holidays, to and from Mobile, which is about 35 miles away. You will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station. Hours of operation are subject to change. Call to verify information before making travel plans.
2545 Government Blvd.
Mobile, AL 36606