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SEA LAB’S ESTUARIUM FORT GAINES The Sea Lab’s Estuarium highlights the four key habitats of coastal Alabama with 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. Open daily year-round except holidays. The Boardwalk Talk is a series of informal public presentations by educators and scientists on the first and third Wednesdays each month. Fort Gaines is open all year round and regularly host reenactors for authentic “Day in the Life of ” demonstrations. Thunder on the Bay is an annual “celebration” of the Battle of Mobile Bay which takes place in May and August, while WWII is the focus in October. Living History at the Fort BIKING Biking is synonymous with life on Dauphin Island. With over 8 miles of dedicated paved bike trails running the length of the island, and also a section from the bridge to the main intersection at our unique water tower, makes biking an enjoyable experience here. Additionally, every lane and street is perfect for biking and exploring the charm of this laid back island that reminds many of times past. Biking to the beaches, parks and attractions such as the Estuarium, the Audubon bird sanctuary, and Fort Gaines is a must. You can even bike to the ferry and ride over to Fort Morgan for a perfect day trip to this special area, including beaches almost to yourselves. With several bike rental locations and some rentals that furnish bikes, you will have no problem enjoying the experience biking has to offer on our special island. Discover the wonders of the sea at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Photo: Tad Denson, 18 ALABAMA COASTING’S DAUPHIN ISLAND LIFE 2018