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Parks & Recreation

Dauphin Island is truly a place like no other. Away from the hustle and bustle of city life, you’ll feel the difference as soon as you step foot on the Island and take in a breath of fresh Gulf air. A historically significant location, Dauphin Island’s Historic Fort Gaines, was active in the Civil War. The fort, now retired, stands guard overlooking Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Nowadays, Dauphin Island thrives upon it’s emphasis on low-key, family oriented vacations. Forget road congestion, water parks and outlet malls, the island doesn’t even have need for a traffic light. Instead, envision bike paths, walking trails, miles of white sandy beaches and simplicity center.


Enjoy the beauty of Dauphin Island from our Campgrounds.

This 155-acre park offers an abundance of exceptional recreation offerings and natural beauty. The Campground is uniquely positioned so that guests have access to a secluded beach, the Audubon Bird Sanctuary and the public boat launches.

Call the Campground: 251-861-2742

Tour historic 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.

Call the Fort: 251-861-6992


Explore the Audubon Bird Sanctuary.

Surround yourself with nature of all types! Watch the migrating birds drop in for a visit in the 137 acres of the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Discover butterflies, fish, unique fauna and even an alligator throughout the maritime forest, marshes, and dunes, which include a lake, a swamp, and a beach.

Visit our sandy, white beaches.

Enjoy the sparkling sand and cool surf of the Gulf of Mexico with beautiful beachfront parks operated by the Dauphin Island Park & Beach Board. Whether you are looking to reel in the big one or just exploring the waterways of Dauphin Island, the possibilities are endless.

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