Things to Do Dauphin Island

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!

If you are looking for a kid-friendly Alabama destination to take the family this summer, look no further than Dauphin Island! This beautiful barrier island off the Gulf of Mexico is a paradise for families, offering laidback wholesome fun for all ages. Whether you are interested in spending time at the beach, exploring the island, fishing the Gulf, or learning about marine life, there are endless things to do on Dauphin Island to keep everyone entertained!

Choose Boardwalk Realty to host your island getaway and stay in a family-friendly vacation rental just steps away from the beach!

Visit the Alabama Aquarium Together

One of the top things to do on Dauphin Island with kids is at the Alabama Aquarium. This is an excellent place for the kids to learn something new and see fascinating marine life simultaneously. The aquarium features a 10,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a stingray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. Learn about our aquatic ecosystems with a day at the aquarium!

Gather the Kids for the Ultimate Beach Day

The island offers seven miles of sugar sand beaches, where families often swim, fish, walk, and shell hunt. If you want to kayak or paddleboard with the kids, reserve your gear with Blue Heron Kayak & Sup Rentals, and they will deliver your equipment anywhere on the island!

Embark on a Family-Friendly Fishing Charter

If you are looking for a local fishing charter that the whole family will love, choose a trip with FinAtics Fishing Charters. They offer inshore, offshore, and private fishing charters with a knowledgeable captain with years of experience working with kids!

Spot Wildlife at the Audubon Bird Sanctuary

Surround yourself with nature at the Audubon Bird Sanctuary and stroll through three miles of trails. Keep an eye out for butterflies, fish, birds, and alligators! Download this Dauphin Island birding checklist to see how many species you can spot during your visit.

Play a Round of Mini Golf or Spend an Afternoon at the Pool

Fun for the whole family awaits at the miniature golf course, Island Golf. Then head over to Pirate’s Bar & Grill for great food and entertainment! The restaurant also offers access to a pool, where the kids can splash around while the adults take in the view of the Gulf with a drink in hand.

Family-Friendly Dauphin Island Vacation Rentals

Now that you know more about things to do on Dauphin Island with kids, you may be wondering where to stay. Boardwalk Realty has you covered with our collection of over 50 vacation rentals for every family’s budget. 

If you are a small family, two-bedroom properties like Beachy Keen and Foresight are perfect for your group. Or bring the extended family along and indulge in our Bout Time property, complete with a private lagoon, boardwalk, and pool! Plan your Alabama family vacation on Dauphin Island today!

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