Dauphin Island Vacation Rentals

The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo is the largest fishing tournament in the world, and it happens right here on Dauphin Island! Every summer, thousands of anglers and tens of thousands of spectators flock to our island for three days of exceptional fishing! This summer event offers fun for the whole family, with 30 fishing categories, live entertainment, awards ceremonies, and more. 

Visit Dauphin Island the third weekend in July and choose Boardwalk Realty to host your family during the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo!

A Brief History of the Fishing Rodeo

It all started with a fishing trip in the summer of 1928 with a group of businessmen from Mobile, Alabama. After the trip, an idea began to bring a competitive fishing tournament to Dauphin Island. By the following year, the first Alabama Fishing Rodeo was up and running, garnering immediate success. The original destination for the rodeo was Fort Gaines Pier before moving to the location on LeMoyne Drive. Discover more rodeo history on the ADSFR About Us page!

2023 Events at the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament: July 15th

Every weekend before the rodeo is the annual Roy Martin Young Anglers Tournament. Plan your getaway a week earlier and bring the family together through sportsmanship. Around 1,500 young anglers participate in this event annually in over 30 different categories. 

Liar’s Contest: July 20th

The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo kicks off every year with the Liar’s Contest. This unique contest brings anglers to the stage to tell their best tall tales! Following the Liar’s Contest, Bruce Smelley Band will take the stage from 8-11 pm. 

Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo: July 21st-23rd

The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo attracts over 75,000 spectators and over 3,000 anglers annually! One Master Angler is awarded every year, along with cash prizes for King Mackerel, Speckled Trout, and Big Game. A cannon blast starts the Friday competition, and three days of epic fishing commences! Make sure to catch the free live music during the rodeo, including:

Follow the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Facebook page for regular updates leading up to the event, including the 2023 schedule and ticket information!

Vacation Rentals for the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

Are you looking for places to stay during the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo? Boardwalk Realty has you covered with our collection of over 50 vacation rentals on Dauphin Island! Ranging from two to six bedrooms, we offer a wide range of accommodations for your family to choose from this summer. Join us this July for the world’s largest fishing tournament!

After spending time soaking up the sun on the white sand beaches of Dauphin Island, refuel from the day’s adventures at one of our local eateries. Whether you are craving freshly caught seafood, delicious Southern BBQ, or hearty breakfast platters, there is something for everyone’s taste buds at our Dauphin Island restaurants. And for the days you want to save on eating out, Boardwalk Realty has the perfect place to hang out and prepare meals together in your vacation rental kitchen!

Pirate’s Bar and Grill

Pirate’s Bar and Grill offers authentic Southern food in a scenic waterfront setting. They are the perfect place to enjoy fresh gulf seafood, world-famous wings, live music, drink specials, plus pool and beach access. Don’t forget to order the Original Dauphin Island Bushwacker, made with a delicious blend of ice cream, rum, and chocolate!

Islanders Restaurant

Witness a picturesque sunset from the outdoor patio at Islanders! This Dauphin Island restaurant is the place to be to enjoy freshly caught seafood, live music, trivia, and late-night bites at the tiki bar. 

Dockside Seafood Restaurant

Enjoy seafood with a view of the bay at Dockside! Their menu keeps it simple and delicious with options like shrimp, po’boys, tacos, burgers, and seafood baskets.

Reel Deal BBQ & Seafood

If you are craving some Southern-style BBQ, head down to Reel Deal. They offer BBQ pork, brisket, ribs, and chicken served as sandwiches, plates, or by the pound. Then pair your meal with mouthwatering sides like baked beans, okra, and hush puppies. 

Skinner’s Seafood

Stop at Skinner’s Seafood and pick up a delicious dinner to enjoy in your vacation home. Their steamer take-out menu includes crab claws, scallops, shrimp, crab legs, and oysters. Choose your favorite sides for the perfect meal, including coleslaw, corn on the cob, red potatoes, or andouille pork sausage. 

Miguel’s Beach’n Baja

Miguel’s Beach’n Baja is known for its fresh tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and homemade salsa. This hole-in-the-wall eatery combines West Coast flavor with the soul of the Gulf Coast to create tasty dishes for every palate!

Lighthouse Bakery

Stop for breakfast at the Lighthouse Bakery for fantastic coffee and freshly made sweets like cinnamon rolls, muffins, turnovers, and cookies. In addition to sweet treats, bakery visitors can also enjoy sandwiches on freshly baked bread and delicious three-egg omelets served every Saturday. Celebrating a special occasion while on the Island? Call ahead to order a beautiful custom cake!

Captain Snapper’s Marina Bar and Grill

Located at the scenic Dauphin Island Marina, enjoy a variety of delicious eats at Captain Snapper’s, including crab legs, fresh half-shell oysters, ribeyes, burgers, and more. 

Dauphin Island Alabama Beach Vacation Rentals 

After enjoying fresh seafood at Dauphin Island restaurants, return to your vacation home with Boardwalk Realty. We offer a wide selection of Dauphin Island vacation rentals for every group, whether you are looking for a beachfront oasis or a home with a private pool. Regardless of where you stay, you will have access to a fully-equipped kitchen complete with cooking basics, dishes, silverware, a stove, a coffee maker, and a dining table. Book your Alabama beach vacation today!

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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