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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium

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Open Now: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Interesting place

We enjoyed a couple hours here looking at the exhibits and learning about the Deep Water Horizon... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jefferson City, Tennessee
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Great spot

What a great place to see. They educate you about ocean animals in fun and different ways. You... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wichita, Kansas
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea life”(59 reviews)
“octopus”(16 reviews)
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A large center for the academic study of marine wildlife.
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101 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528-4603
+1 251-861-7500
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I took our almost 2 year old. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our daughter loved looking at the fish and exhibits. It was a small aquarium and didn’t take us long, but it was perfect for a rainy morning we...More

Thank mrsburn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a couple hours here looking at the exhibits and learning about the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Price was reasonable since youth tickets go to age 18 and are $6. Adult tickets are $11.

Thank rnjennysue
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to see. They educate you about ocean animals in fun and different ways. You learn a lot about the Gulf waters. For this Midwestern girl it was fantastic

Thank calex1956
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with family & even as adults we loved it. Nice to learn about the history of gulf shores. Especially loved the outdoor area where we were able to touch the jellyfish. Lovely view where this is located as well

Thank Gabby J
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

Great place to spend a couple of hours and take kids. Lots of information about the gulf. Plenty of hands on stuff for kids. The staff there are very informed and like to answer questions.

Thank nick c
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Live exhibits, history, and friendly people. Found it perfect for all ages, adults enjoyed, little kids were thrilled, and pre-teens were enjoyed exhibits as well. Great educational offering!

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Great little aquarium.i love the petting area, and staff were very friendly and showed us lots of cool stuff

Thank j M
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Kiddos will like petting the sting rays. Small but informative museum and probably the only thing worth seeing on Dauphin Island.

Thank jlwright2018
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Though nice, I was disappointed at the lack of displays and living sea creatures at the estuarium. I was alone, so it wasn't that big of a deal. If I had spent the money to take children or grandchildren, that would have been a different...More

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We go here every year. We usually go on a bad weather day. Our kids really enjoy it and so do the adults.

Thank Christopher B
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9 August 2018|
Response from Terry P |
A year and a half ago the costs were: $11 adults $9 seniors $6.00 Children (5-18) or Students with ID
24 June 2018|
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Response from customtruckgirl | Reviewed this property |
We chose to drive because it was hot out but it is in walking distance. There is what looked like an ice cream shop while waiting in line to board the ferry.