Book one of Boardwalk Realty’s Boat Dock properties and explore the waterways around Dauphin Island during your stay. Reserve a Dauphin Island boat rental and chart your own adventure in the Mississippi Sound, Mobile Bay, or Gulf waters. Launch your boat from your vacation rental and spend your time on the water fishing, wildlife watching, swimming, and watching the sunset. Experience the Alabama Coast with us and make unforgettable memories on the water this summer!

Dauphin Island Boat Dock Properties

Boardwalk Realty offers ten vacation rentals with boat docks on the island, offering easy access to the surrounding waterways. Launch your boat from the dock and have a perfect summer day on the water, fishing, swimming, and sightseeing. Take advantage of additional amenities like fish cleaning stations, outdoor showers, swim ladders, and deck areas. Please note that the boat and jet ski lifts visible in the pictures are unavailable for guest use.

Dauphin Island Boat Rentals

Head to the Dauphin Island Marina and reserve a boat rental for the duration of your stay. They offer six, eight, and ten-passenger pontoon rentals. Gather your family for a day on the water and check out these activities:


Dauphin Island is a paradise for anglers. North of the island, Mobile Bay offers fantastic inshore fishing. Cast your line for white trout, ground mullet, and flounder in the bay. South of the island, you can access the Gulf for some epic deep-sea fishing. Target species like red snapper, amberjack, and king mackerel.  

Wildlife Watching

Dauphin Island provides a critical habitat for an array of wildlife species. During your boating adventures, keep your eyes peeled for birds flying over your head and dolphin pods playing in the bay. 


Cruise along the coast of Dauphin Island and enjoy some sightseeing past the Indian Shell Mounds, historic Fort Gaines, and Sand Island Lighthouse. Bring a picnic and find a spot on the water to watch a scenic sunset.

Explore Dauphin Island with Boardwalk Realty 

Whether you are traveling by boat or need to reserve a Dauphin Island boat rental, Boardwalk Realty offers the perfect basecamp with our Boat Dock properties. Stay at Sunset Key and enjoy convenient access to the Mississippi Sound, or choose Dues Paid and access the Mississippi Sound, Mobile Bay, and Gulf Waters from your vacation home. If you need assistance finding the best boat dock property, please contact us at 1-877-861-3992. 

At Boardwalk Realty, we know no vacation is complete without your pet by your side. That’s why we offer nearly 40 pet-friendly Dauphin Island rentals so everyone (even your four-legged friend) can enjoy our beach paradise. Save money on boarding your pet and spend time playing at the beach, exploring our nature trails, and dining at outdoor patios together. So, pack your leash and prepare for some tail-wagging fun on Dauphin Island!

Dauphin Island Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals

Browse our pet-friendly vacation rentals on Dauphin Island and find the perfect property for your getaway. Please read through our pet policy rules below before booking with us:

  • Guest must notify us of pets at the time of booking and complete the Dog Registration form before arrival.
  • A non-refundable pet fee is required per dog. Amounts vary by property.
  • Properties may have additional limitations on dog size, breeds allowed, and the total number of dogs permitted.
  • No pets are allowed on any property that is not advertised as pet-friendly.
  • Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations and flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives.
  • Dogs are not allowed on property furnishings.

Dauphin Island’s Good Neighbor Pet Policy

Pet owners are required to abide by the town of Dauphin Island’s Good Neighbor Pet Policy during their visit. 

  • Follow the island-wide leash law, which requires your dog to be properly restrained at all times.
  • Pets are not allowed on West End Beach since this section of the island serves as a critical bird nesting habitat. 
  • Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of waste.

Things to Do with Your Dog on Dauphin Island

  • Take your dog to East Beach or Middle Beach for a day of fun in the sun. Stroll up and down our sandy shores together.
  • Explore three miles of dog-friendly trails at Audubon Bird Sanctuary, winding past maritime forests, marshes, dunes, and swamps. 
  • Visit Fort Gaines and walk through historic sites with your pooch. Even the museum is dog-friendly!
  • Refuel from a day of adventures at Islanders Restaurant and sit out on the dog-friendly patio. 

Book your pet-friendly Dauphin Island rentals with Boardwalk Realty and escape to the beach this summer. If you have any questions about our pet policy, don’t hesitate to call us at  1-877-861-3992.

Located at the Southernmost point of Alabama, Dauphin Island offers the perfect destination for summer fun. Book your getaway with Boardwalk Realty and easily access the top Dauphin Island tourist attractions found along our 14-mile island. Head to the island’s east end and spend the day exploring historic Fort Gaines, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Or visit the pristine East, Middle, or West end beaches for a day of fun in the sun. Whether you seek a relaxing beach getaway or an adventurous family vacation, we have something for everyone!

1. Historic Fort Gaines

Historic Fort Gaines was built in 1821 and is best known for its contributions to the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War. This preserved fort has original cannons, a blacksmith shop, kitchens, a museum, a gift shop, and tunnels for visitors to explore. Take a self-guided tour and learn about the fascinating history through signs, exhibits, and artifacts. 

2. Dauphin Island Sea Lab Alabama Aquarium

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is Alabama’s leading marine science research and education center. The Sea Lab operates the Alabama Aquarium, where you can stroll through exhibits and interactive displays highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama. Discover the 10,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall, explore the Living Marsh Boardwalk, and attend an educational Boardwalk Talk at one of Dauphin Island’s top tourist attractions! 

3. Audubon Bird Sanctuary

Dauphin Island is located in a Globally Important Bird Area and is one of the best places in the country for bird watching! Visit the Audubon Bird Sanctuary and look for hundreds of bird species as you stroll through 164 acres of trails winding through pines, live oaks, swamps, and beaches. Use the local bird sighting checklist for helpful info about birding on Dauphin Island! 

4. Dauphin Island Beaches

Play at the Dauphin Island beaches during your getaway and relax along our Gulf Coast beaches’ soft, sugar-white sand. Head to one of three public beaches- East Beach, Middle Beach, or West End Beach for fishing, swimming, and watersports. Check out all the local beach access points to find where to park during your visit. Stay in one of our Gulf Front vacation rentals and access the beach steps from your rental home. 

5. Indian Shell Mound Park

Indian Shell Mound Park is on the National Register of Historic Places. It features shell mounds dating back to the Mississippi period (1100-1550). Over centuries, this shell mound was used as a gathering site for indigenous people, where they came together to harvest fish and exchange goods. Learn about the history of indigenous people on Dauphin Island here!

Dauphin Island Alabama Beach Rentals

Plan a visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast and discover the top Dauphin Island tourist attractions during your visit with Boardwalk Realty. Reserve one of our Gulf Front vacation rentals on Dauphin Island and stay steps away from our beautiful white sand beaches. If you need assistance finding the best rental, please call us at 1-877-861-3992. 

Getting across Mobile Bay from Dauphin Island is a breeze via the Mobile Bay Ferry. Board the Dauphin Island ferry near your Boardwalk Realty vacation rental and take a quick trip across the bay to Fort Morgan. Skip the interstate and take a scenic 45-minute trip along the Gulf Coast, viewing birds, sea life, and ships along the way. Read on to learn more about the ferry schedule, pricing, and things to do once you arrive!

Schedule for the Dauphin Island Ferry

The Dauphin Island ferry connects Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan at Mobile Point, operating seven days a week. Ferry schedules change throughout the year due to weather or maintenance issues. Two ferries bring passengers across Mobile Bay: the Fort Morgan and the Marissa Mae Nicole. One ferry operates year-round, and both operate during the busier summer months. We recommend heading to the loading docks 30 minutes to one hour before departure:

  • Depart from the Dauphin Island Loading Dock on 112 Bienville Blvd,
  • Return from the Fort Morgan Loading Dock at 110 AL-180 in Gulf Shores 

Please call 251-861-3000 or check Facebook for updated information on ferry schedules. 

Ferry Tickets and Pricing

Tickets for the Mobile Bay Ferry are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket cost is per person plus vehicle, and people are free on same-day returns as long as they have their receipts. If you have a vehicle over 21 feet long, please call ahead to ensure they can accommodate your vehicle. In general, prices are as follows:

  • Drivers, Passengers, and Pedestrians: $6
  • Children 3 and under: Free
  • Dogs: Free
  • Vehicles, Trailers, & RVS Under 22 Feet One Way: $15
  • Vehicles, Trailers, & RVS Over 22 Feet One Way: $20
  • Motorcycles One Way: $7

Read through Frequently Asked Questions for more information about taking the Dauphin Island Ferry! 

Things to Do Near Fort Morgan

Once you have crossed Mobile Bay, the ferry will drop you off at Fort Morgan, where you can start your journey learning about local history. After visiting the Fort, we recommend checking out the top attractions of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, such as:

Plan Your Alabama Getaway on Dauphin Island

The Dauphin Island Ferry offers the perfect gateway to adventures throughout Alabama’s Gulf Coast! Visit the Gulf Coast with Boardwalk Realty and browse our collection of over 40 vacation rentals on Dauphin Island. Whether you are looking for a couples retreat or a family getaway, we have something for everyone. Check out our Alabama vacation rental specials and book your stay on Dauphin Island today!

No visit to Dauphin Island is complete without visiting the island’s top attraction, the Alabama Aquarium. This aquarium, operated by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, offers visitors an inside look into the key coastal habitats of Alabama. Plan a visit and learn about the unique ecosystems surrounding our island through the 10,000-square-foot exhibit hall and guided excursions led by local experts. Stay with Boardwalk Realty and discover everything the Alabama Aquarium has to offer during your visit:

Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Alabama Aquarium

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab, a marine research and education center, operates the Alabama Aquarium. Dauphin Island, surrounded by Mobile Bay, the Mississippi Sound, and the Gulf of Mexico, offers the perfect destination for marine research. The lab’s mission is to share information about ocean life and conservation with the public. The aquarium allows visitors to get a firsthand look at local marine life and learn about DISL’s work.

Things to Do at the Alabama Aquarium

Purchase tickets for the Alabama Aquarium and learn about Alabama’s coastal habitats through these attractions:

  • Stroll through the 10,000-square-foot exhibit hall featuring species of Mobile Bay including drum, pipefish, and the diamondback terrapin. 
  • Visit the 7,000-gallon stingray touch pool and pet a live stingray! Species include Atlantic, Blutnose, and Cownose Stingrays. 
  • Explore the Living Marsh Boardwalk.

Alabama Aquarium Education Opportunities

The DISL also offers education opportunities and excursions for an additional fee. Fill out a reservation form or contact excursions@disl.edu for more information!

  • Boardwalk Talks is a series where you can learn about the current projects DISL is working on and a broad range of science topics.
  • Salt Marsh Excursions allows you to become a marine scientist for the day by learning how to collect samples and specimens from a salt marsh. 
  • The Beach, Dune, and Maritime Forest Excursions allow visitors to explore all three ecosystems. Visitors can also get an up-close look at wildlife by using nets and digging for moles and ghost crabs.
  • R/V Alabama Discovery Excursion takes you on a two-hour boat ride around Dauphin Island with a professional DISL educator. 

Book Your Dauphin Island Vacation Rental Today!

There is plenty to do on Dauphin Island beyond the Alabama Aquarium. Enjoy miles of beachfront, exceptional fishing, outdoor exploration, and historic sites. Choose Boardwalk Realty to host your getaway and stay in one of our Dauphin Island vacation rentals. Check out our specials and save on your upcoming Dauphin Island vacation!

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