If you love a good sunset, don’t miss Dauphin Island, the sunset capital of Alabama. Just before nightfall, you’ll enjoy a panoramic vista of rich orange hues that reflect off the glistening Gulf Coast waters. Away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, you’ll be surrounded by nature, including beautiful beaches and migratory birds as well as colorful butterflies and the occasional alligator among the maritime forest and marshes.
The Audubon Bird Sanctuary is a highlight with its picturesque woodlands and walking trails that wind through magnolias, live oaks, swamps and along Gulf beaches. At the wharf, reached by taking a stroll down a 1,000-foot boardwalk, you can gaze at the herons and egrets that lounge around Galliard Lake. It offers something for history buffs too, with Historic Fort Gaines, located right on the Gulf, built in 1821. known as one of the best-preserved examples of 19th-century brick seacoast fortifications in the east.