Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Enjoy Dauphin Island and Sea Lab in Gulf Shores

A stay in Gulf Shores vacation rentals will mean a lot of time near the water. But what do you do when you want to get off the beach? We told you about the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in an earlier post. You’ll find plenty of shopping and great restaurants. And, of course, there’s a lot of fun water sports to enjoy.

But there are a few other activities you should consider: a visit to Dauphin Island and its Sea Lab.

Dauphin Island is a must-see, mainly because the island is home to native wildlife and one-of-a-kind species. SeaLab offers many interesting and informative insights into marine life around Gulf Shores. You can see historic Fort Gaines, an Audubon bird sanctuary, several parks, sightseeing on the pier and plenty of beaches.

Ferries offer a great way for people staying in Gulf Shores vacation rentals to visit two great sights in the area. The ferries transport foot passengers and vehicles between Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island. The most popular ferries that route between the Island and Orange Beach vacation rentals are:
  • The Mobile Bay Ferry
  •  Fort Morgan Ferry
  • Marissa Mae Nicole Ferry
Sea Lab is one of the largest Estuariums in the nation, and is just a few minutes walking distance from where the ferries anchor. Visitors can explore over 10,000 square feet with lots to see and do, including:

Living Marsh Boardwalk -- If you're looking for a quick adventure try the Living Marsh Boardwalk. It's just off the parking lot and an easy to navigate boardwalk takes you through a beautiful salt marsh.

Billy Goat Hole -- When you get inside the Estuarium, check out the Billy Goat Hole Gallery. You'll see the Discovery Ship, a reproduction of a French sailing ship. It's great fun for kids, and provides a hands-on learning experience.

Gulf of Mexico -- Since you're staying on the Gulf of Mexico, the Sea Lab offers an excellent chance to understand this vitally important body of water. Check out saltwater tanks that show conditions on the seabed, as well as its occupants: octopus, lobsters, sharks, jellyfish and more.