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Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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We went with our children; ages 8, 10, 11, 14....they all loved it! It was great to touch sting... read more

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V8863DBandream
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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Great place to spend a morning

The weather was scheduled to be cold and windy so we decided to spend our morning at the estuarium... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
wmtip
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Alcoa, Tennessee
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  • Average9%
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A large center for the academic study of marine wildlife.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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101 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528-4603
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We went with our children; ages 8, 10, 11, 14....they all loved it! It was great to touch sting rays and learn about habitats.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank V8863DBandream
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The weather was scheduled to be cold and windy so we decided to spend our morning at the estuarium. It was a great way to spend our morning. Our 4 year old loved to pet the sting rays, horse show crabs, and conch. Great for...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank wmtip
Reviewed 2 days ago

I had to chance to tour the Maritime Forest, Sea dunes and beach with one of my classes. I enjoyed myself we got to enjoy nice weather and learn about the Maritime forest and all the different plants and wildlife on Dauphin Island and not...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Chelsea H
Reviewed 3 days ago

The approach to the Estuarium from the parking lot has many zig-zags as they try to show outside display boards for you to read while you are outdoors next to the Mobile Bay estuary. They have added and improved many since our last trip (four...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank RobertW2h483MD
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very interesting, staff was knowledgable and friendly. Got to touch a sting ray; would recommend that. Great experience, and great place to educate anyone.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank JoAnn G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had teens and tweens with us. Kept kids entertained for about an hour and a half. Almost all inside although there are some outside areas. Kids were able to pet sting rays and then touch horseshoe crabs and conch. Plus they had some preserved...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank jenniferaL9338UI
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The touch tanks were nice and the number of folks that were available to ask questions all around the Sea Lab were amazing. It's definitely a lot of reading, and it's a self guided tour...but it's nice and full of great info. There's quite a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank mommaof4wife2r
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a good time watching the movie, touching rays and watching an active and amazing small octopus. Very much worth the 2 hour visit however facility built to a budget matching the relatively low cost admission.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JUHAJEMY
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had so much fun at the manta Ray tank. Very educational. Fun and great gift shop. They were preparing for a wedding while we were there.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank kdtgmck
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was expecting more due to the 4.5 star rating. It DID NOT live up to that. We visited as a couple (no kids with us) but I can see where kids would enjoy it more than just couples. If you have an hour and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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A year and a half ago the costs were: $11 adults $9 seniors $6.00 Children (5-18) or Students with ID
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