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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Claim

5.00 / 5

Dauphin Island Sea Lab is located on the eastern end of Dauphin Island,It is a 17-mile long barrier island approximately three miles from the mainland and thirty-five miles south of Mobile, Alabama. It is surrounded by Mobile Bay, Mississippi Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. The 35-acre campus is bordered by Mobile Bay to the north and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. Dauphin Island Sea Lab provide wise stewardship of the marine environment through education and research. The foundation provides funds to sustain the activities of the Sea Lab and promotes awareness of the Sea Lab and its environmental issues.

The Estuarium: The Estuarium is an exciting educational public aquarium highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, a 7,000 gallon sting ray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Estuarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the Estuary and its surrounding marine habitats.

The Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab hosts a number of events for the public. The free, twice-monthly Boardwalk Talk program offers the public a chance to engage with the experts at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The Summer Excursion program takes visitors into the habitats studied by our marine scientists, researchers and students at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

Through beautiful visual exhibits and engaging interactive exhibits, the Estuarium will leave you with a broader understanding of the interactions that take place in Mobile Bay, the fourth largest estuary system in the United States.

Research Vessels: The Dauphin Island Sea Lab maintains two research vessels, the R/V E.O. Wilson and the R/V Alabama Discovery.

Discovery Day is the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s open house for the public. Once a year, the public is given a tour of our research facilities to learn about our coastal environment and the research our team is working on.


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  • Address 102 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, USA
  • Mary Curtis

    Rating: 5 / 5

    We enjoyed it. They gave an insightful view of the local aquatic sea life. I learned a few things myself. Met a few species of fish I didn’t know lived in the gulf. Yes it is small place but, with alot of information. The gift shop was cute with local art and not to over priced. Considering all the over priced tourists traps in the region, this place was reasonable. I would recommend this place for small kiddos.

  • Mark Brown

    Rating: 5 / 5

    This is a great way to spend 1-2 hours on Dauphin Island. Both adults and kids will get a crash course on the unique qualities of an estuary. In addition to aquariums and glass tanks with the environments that occur in the area, there are several hands on exhibits to get even closer to nature. It’s small, with zero filler space, so it’s easy to keep track of little ones.

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