Alabama Coasting 2019 - Page 33 • 251-861-2150 Welcome to Dauphin Island…. A Rare Find Come and Enjoy our little piece of paradise, take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, get sand between your toes and just RELAX. Join the Dauphin Island residents who proclaim to be living on “Island Time”. You will surely understand once you experience the serenity of an afternoon sunset or watch sea birds doing their aerial acrobatics. Dauphin Island is always standing guard between Mobile Bay and the vast Gulf of Mexico making it a true barrier island - complete with dunes, maritime forests, salt marshes, tidal flats and two freshwater lakes. Named “barrier” for their role in protecting the mainland from nature’s fury of storm waves, barrier islands also prevent the inflow of salt water from the Gulf into the bays and sounds by forming a physical barrier. This process is essential to maintaining the nursery characteristics of the estuarine ecosystem. The island is accessed from the mainland by a beautiful drive, consisting of a two and one-half mile causeway and a three-mile bridge which opened in 1982. Natural sugar-white, clean, soft sandy beaches adorn Dauphin Island. The south side of the island faces the Gulf of Mexico’s surf, and the north side faces the Mississippi Sound with calm and shallow waters. Both sides experience a forever changing kaleidoscope of sunrises and sunsets throughout the year. A Few of our Many Local Attractions IMPORTANT NUMBERS ❖ HISTORIC FORT GAINES – ONE OF THE BEST-PRESERVED EXAMPLES OF THE CIVIL WAR ERA. LOCATED AT 51 BIENVILLE BLVD (251)861-6992 ❖ Welcome Center (251)861-2150 DAUPHIN ISLAND SEA LAB– ALABAMA’S PRIMARY MARINE EDUCATION AND RESEARH CENTER. LOCATED AT 101 BIENVILLE BLVD (251)861-2141 ❖ ESTUARIUM AT THE SEA LAB - LOCATED AT 102 BIENVILLE BLVD (251)861-7500 ❖ MOBILE BAY FERRY – TAKE A 40 MINUTE RIDE FROM THE DAUPHIN ISLAND LOADING DOCK AT 111 BIENVILLE BLVD TO HISTORIC FORT MORGAN (251)861-3000 ❖ THE LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE – LOCATED AT 1016 BIENVILLE BLVD - HOUSES THE WELCOME CENTER, A LENDING LIBRARY, A HISTORY MUSEUM AND THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. ❖ THE AUDUBON BIRD SANCTUARY - LOCATED AT 109 BIENVILLE BLVD (251)861- 3607 – 137 ACRES OF MARITIME FOREST, MARSHES AND DUNES, INCLUDING A LAKE, A SWAMP, AND A BEACH. ❖ DAUPHIN ISLAND PUBLIC BEACHES – 1. NEXT TO DAUPHIN ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – 2. WEST END BEACH IS AT 3000 BIENVILLE BLVD – 3. FAR EAST END OF THE ISLAND PAST FORT GAINES Visiting the Island Parks ✓ Cadillac Square – 601 Bienville Blvd ✓ Magnolia Park –between the ferry landing, the Estuarium & Fort Gaines ✓ Quarles Skate Park – 1215 Bienville Blvd ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ Town of Dauphin Island (251)861-5525 Emergency Services – Police (251)861-5523 – Fire – Ambulance – Dial 911 Public Works & Animal Control (251)861-5525 ext. 230 Dauphin Island Property Owners Assoc. (251)861-3144 Dauphin Island Post Office (251)861-2702 Dauphin Island Park & Beach Board (251)861-3607 Salt Creek Park – 1305 Bienville Blvd Pryor Park – 1301 Chaumont Ave Green Park – 301 Lemoyne Dr. Indian Shell Mound Park – 830 Desoto Dr. ALABAMA COASTING’S DAUPHIN ISLAND LIFE 2019 33