Dauphin Island Day Tour

The Dauphin Island Day Tour is a great day of Civil War forts, a ferry trip across the Mobile Bay and a Sea Lab Educational Center on Dauphin Island.

Dauphin Island

 

This tour starts at the tip of the Fort Morgan peninsula with a tour of Fort Morgan, takes the Mobile Ferry to Dauphin Island, visits the Dauphin Island’s Sea Lab (Estuarium), visits Fort Gaines and finishes with a return trip on the Mobile Ferry back to Fort Morgan

 

 

First stop – Fort Morgan

Fort Morgan

Getting to Fort Morgan is easy, take route 59 north from the beach to Fort Morgan road (maybe 2 mile) and turn west. 16 miles later you will be at the tip of the Fort Morgan Peninsula and Fort Morgan.

Fort Morgan was ccompleted in 1834 and was active during four wars the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World Wars I and II. The fort is most famous for its role in the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay. Union Admiral David Farragut damned the torpedoes and went full speed ahead to win the battle. The massive fort contains more than 40 million bricks and pays tribute to the skilled masons, many of whom were enslaved African-Americans.

Fort Morgan is open daily 8:00am to 5:00pm and take 40-50 minutes to see everything.

Second Stop – Mobile Bay Ferry

This Ferry is located right next to Fort Morgan and runs between Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island. It is a lot of fun on a warm day. The trip takes about 40 minutes one way (you have to take it back to Fort Morgan). They serve food and beverages aboard which you might take advantage of because restaurants are hard to find when you are walking on Dauphin Island. Packing a lunch can be fun. You can take a car on the ferry but for this trip you can leave you car parked at Fort Morgan.

Fort Morgan Ferry

The trip between Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan at Mobile Point provides wonderful views of the two historic forts that have long guarded the entrance of Mobile Bay and is a great way for passengers to view birds, sea life and other boats and ships. Here is their schedule:

Depart Fort Morgan

8:45 A.M. | 10:15 A.M. | 11:45 A.M. | 1:15 P.M. | 2:45 P.M.  | 4:15 P.M. | 5:45 P.M. | 7:15 P.M.

Third Stop – Dauphin Island Sea Lab (Estuarium)

Dauphin Island Sea Lab

When the last time you petted a stingray or an octopus? The Dauphin Island Estuarium is the place where you can try it out. Dauphin Island Estuarium is located on the east shore of Dauphin Island and is within walking distance of the Mobile Ferry dock. It is a great place to visit with many interactive exhibits both in and out-of-doors that can give you a better sense of the aquatic and plant life of the area.

The museum focus on the four habitats found in and around Mobile Bay. Each habitat has specific exhibits highlighting the things that you will find in that habitat as well as going over some man-made threats to their existence. I would give this stop 1-2 hours

Forth Stop:  – Fort Gaines 

Fort Gaines

The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The Fort was recently designated as one of the Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites in America due to on-going shoreline erosion.

Fort Gaines is located within walking distance of the Mobile ferry dock and the estuarium. I would give this 40-50 minutes

Final Stop – Take the return Ferry back to Fort Morgan. Remember everything is dependent on the weather. Make sure to check that the ferry is running the morning you are getting ready to take this day tour. Here is the ferry schedule coming back to Fort Morgan.

Depart Dauphin Island

8:00 A.M. | 9:30 A.M. | 11:00 A.M. | 12:30 P.M. | 2:00 P.M. | 3:30 P.M. | 5:00 P.M. | 6:30 P.M.

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