Dolphin watching is a great way to spend an afternoon. Because dolphins are thinking mammals, they can put on quite a show for onlookers. Dolphins are actually small whales and the most common type of dolphin found along the Alabama Gulf Coast is the bottlenose dolphin. They can be seen just off shore in the Gulf of Mexico, Mobile Bay and in the back bays that surround Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Dolphins are a protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, so getting too close to them in not advised.
However, we know 5 Great Ways to Watch Dolphins Play in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan without causing them any harm:
- From the Sunny Lady
The Sunny Lady, docked at The Wharf in Orange Beach, offers dolphin tours daily. With wheelchair accessibility, the Sunny Lady is a great option for anyone to get a close up view of dolphins in our back bays. The Sunny Lady is 65 feet long and has three decks for viewing. There are also restrooms and indoor and outdoor seating. The crew of the Sunny Lady will offer snacks and drinks during the cruise. Cruises last an hour and a half. The Sunny Lady departs two or three times daily from The Wharf. Be sure to check out their website for times and prices.
- From the beach at Fort Morgan
Did you know you can watch dolphins right from the beach at Fort Morgan? That’s right! After taking a tour of the famous fort located on Mobile Bay, be sure to walk the beautiful beaches that wrap the fort. Keep an eye out toward the horizon and you’re sure to see a few dolphins schooling and playing in the waters of the bay. If you’re staying with Sunset Properties at one of the wonderful beach homes located in The Dunes subdivision, you may be able to sit on your deck or balcony and watch dolphins right from there.
- From the Mobile Bay Ferry
How about visiting Dauphin Island on board the Mobile Bay Ferry? This trip takes around an hour and leaves from Fort Morgan. While you’re riding the ferry across the bay, be sure to watch for dolphins. The dolphins are familiar with the ferry’s path and often swim right alongside it. Keep your camera handy because you will certainly want to snap a few pictures to share on your favorite social media outlet. When you reach Dauphin Island, don’t forget to visit the Mobile Bay Estuarium. You will love seeing all the marine life housed there. And on your way back to Fort Morgan, you’ll get a second chance to see dolphins in their natural habitat.
- From the Gulf State Park Pier
Great for more than just fishing, the Gulf State Park Pier is a wonderful place to observe sea animals. With almost 2 miles of rail space from which to watch sea life, the pier is a local favorite for family outings. Dolphins can often be seen in the warm waters of The Gulf of Mexico just off shore near the pier. While you’re out on the pier, be sure to visit the concession stand and treat yourself to some ice cream or a soda. Snacks always make dolphin watching more fun!
- From a personal watercraft
Ever rented a waverunner while you’re vacationing along the Alabama Gulf Coast? Did you know you could take a dolphin tour right from one? Yep! This is one more great ways to see dolphins. Alabama Extreme Watersports offers a dolphin tour from a Waverunner. You can take a guided tour of the back bays or Orange Beach. Viewing our local marine life from a safe distance, you should be able to get some great pictures. Contact the good folks at Alabama Extreme Watersports for schedules and tour times. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to view dolphins.
As locals, we at Sunset Properties, love giving quick hints to our guests and potential guests. We love dolphin watching and we know the suggestions we listed here are great ways to watch them. We also love helping guests find the perfect vacation home to fit both their wants and needs. We have vacation rentals available to fit almost any budget and we can house almost any number of guests. From two to twenty folks, we are ready to help you find your perfect vacation home or homes. We have homes with WiFi and many are pet friendly. We have beach front homes and homes nestled along a quiet golf course. We have one bedroom condos and penthouses and all in between available. We are pretty sure we can help you locate your ideal beach vacation home.
As you make your vacation plans, give us a call at 251.543.1370 or contact us right from our website www.sunsetproperties.com and we will do our best to help you get your vacation stay planned. And after you’ve finished watching the dolphins in the way that appealed to you, drop us a line and let us know how your experience was!