Fort Gaines was named after General Edmund Pendleton Gaines, a hero of the War of 1812. It was here where Admiral Farragut shouted his now famous order, “Damn the torpedoes! Take a self guided walking tour and enjoy panoramic views.
Things to Do on Dauphin Island
Play on 7 Miles of Dauphin Island Beaches
Dauphin Island activities include beach-combing, swimming, fishing, shelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, crabbing, surfing and just plain relaxing. At West End Beach, you can find parking, restrooms, and a variety of vendors offering food, drinks and other beach services.
Ride the Mobile Bay Ferry
Spend the day at nearby Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping or visit the Hangout, Lulu's or the Wharf. There are many popular restaurants and music complexes.
Visit Historic Fort Gaines, the Sea Lab Estuarium or Audubon Bird Sanctuary
More information on Dauphin Island activities can be found on our website with a directory of local attractions.
Evenings on Dauphin Island
Most of our Dauphin Island rentals have gas or charcoal grills available. Grill your favorite foods followed by family activities like night crabbing, board games and more. All of our Dauphin Island beach rentals have either Cable or Satellite TV and Wi-Fi Internet.
This exciting educational facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. There is a living Marsh Boardwalk and sting ray touch pool. A good diversion while waiting for the Dauphin Island ferry.
Considered the Gulf Coast’s most scenic drive, you will save hours of driving time using the ferry. The trip between Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island and Mobile Point has exceptional views and takes 40 minutes each way.
Walk through 65 acres of botanical gardens and enjoy the historic mansion on your tour. There are many gardens to enjoy and a river cruise. Bellingrath Gardens lights up in winter with 3 million lights. Located on the Fowl River in Theodore, Alabama.
The Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island has been cited as one of the ten most globally important sites for bird migrations. It consists of 164 acres of maritime forest, marshes, and dunes. Bring water and enjoy the easy trails that are also bike friendly.