Estuarium Dauphin Island
Where are we going today?
The Estuarium is a great aquarium in the public area of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and it's a great way for kids to explore what is in the waters of Alabama!
The aquarium itself highlights the four key habitats that you can find along the coast of Alabama. Kids - do you know what these are? If not, all the more reason for you to get on out to the Estuarium!
The habitats that you can explore are Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands, the Mobile Tensaw River Delta as well as the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
There are also fascinating experiences to enjoy right through this family look under the waters. The 10,000sq ft Exhibit Hall is filled with engaging interactive exhibits and displays that can teach kids all about the wildlife found under the water, as well as plants and biology!
If that isn't enough, kids can check out the 7,000 gallon sting ray touch pool, as well as the Living Marsh Boardwalk. In fact, the Estuarium has 31 aquariums that total over 30,000 gallons that feature over 100 species on display!
For kids that love boats, don't miss the Billy Goat Hole Gallery where you will find a replica of an old French sailing ship called The Discovery Ship. It's full of fun and interesting treasures that those small, inquisitive hands can explore. They will also love the Miss May May interactive galleon!
So, who's ready to explore underneath the waters of Alabama - without actually getting wet! We certainly are - so let's go see...under the sea!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 4 years.
When can we go?
9am - 6pm Mon - Sat / 12pm - 6pm Sun (Mar 1 - Aug 31). 5pm closed Mon - Sat / 1pm - 5pm Sun rest of
Closed Dec 31/Jan 1, Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas
They have activity curriculums for K thru 12, with activity keys and activity sheets. Give them a call to arrange your trip!.
Grab something to eat in the area before you head on over so you can enjoy the day on a full tummy!.
Any Top Tips?
They host a number of FREE public events across the year, so keep an eye out and make sure they go in your diary!.
Doing our bit
The Estuarium is part of the Sea Lab who work tirelessly to research and monitor areas within oceanography and ecology help the environment and ecosystem.
Need a little extra help?
The facility is handicapped accessible, so everyone can enjoy it!.
Can I get one of those?
Bring that pocket money because there is a Gift Shop and Bookstore where you can pick up great gifts, educational items and souvenirs!.
Make sure you wear shirts and shoes, and no bikini tops. .
What people are saying?
by Anecia Price
We spend hours @ the Estuarium. Plenty of opportunities to get up close, even touch, the local wildlife! So educational, yet fascinating! The Sting Ray pool is a must-see & you can even hold a love horseshoe crab! All of the employees are super nice and ready to answer questions. We love this place! I just wish I had more pics on my phone to upload... there's so many fascinating things @ the Estuarium that I cannot even begin to describe it throughly!
by Lauren Rex
What a great way to spend a few hours and learn about the ecology of the estuary. The facility is not large (it's no Sea World or Atlanta Aquarium) but has a number of interactive exhibits that we really enjoyed. The only drawbacks were a few accuracy issues (a few items were mislabeled) but overall a great place. We got there by 9:30am on a Saturday and had the place to ourselves.
by pete yokel
I'm a bit partial to this place. I grew up on Mobile Bay and the Gulf Coast. I had to take my kids out to the Estuarium so they could see some of the neat things I learned about in Marine Biology class field trips to the Bay/Gulf.
The Estuarium has some well thought out aquariums and displays, it has some touch tanks, you can get up close and personal to a horseshoe crab, hermit crabs and some rays and skates.
We spent about an hour and a half there but we could have spent more time, we were hurrying through to catch the ferry.
by Thomas Hunt
Several Exhibits were closed for cleaning, but over all everyone had a very enjoyable time and learned some new info on Alabama Sea Life.
by A Google User
This place was huge. Considering it is one of the largest aquariums in the world there is so much to do. All the staff/ volunteers were very knowledgable and answered all questions. I would recommend this anyone who have yet to visit. Great place to spend a few hours. best ever.