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The Gulf Coast's most scenic drive


Photo by Cheryl Erickson

Southern Alabama is often known for its sugar white sands and rolling white-caps atop the turquoise waters. You'll see sandling birds running in the receeding tide and pelicans diving the waters for food. It’s a place where the sweet scent of magnolias and azaleas meet the airy smell of saltwater. Breezy, warm, lazy  afternoons often bring to mind the idea of a leisurely Sunday drive or stir up thoughts of the open road. Modern road trips have fast become a hobby for many.  Road tripping, as a means of vacationing, has become a familiar American pastime and for others, known as road enthusiast, it is truly an art. Whether it’s finding the paths less traveled or seeing familiar tourist sights, coastal Alabama has something for everyone. Aside from the beautiful coastal beach road drives, filled with rolling dunes and blanketed with beach goers. Alabama has an added twist sure to bring enjoyment to vacationers and road enthusiasts, alike.


Photo by Owen Reed
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Known as the Gulf Coast's most scenic drive, the Mobile Bay Ferry connects two of the Gulf Coast’s most beautiful and historic landmarks. The Fort Morgan and Marissa Mae ferries offer a scenic and enjoyable experience from either Dauphin Island or Fort Morgan.

Dauphin Island, a barrier island located on the western edge of Mobile Bay; is home to beautiful public beaches, historic Fort Gaines, the Audubon Bird Sanctuary, the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and much more. Fort Morgan, located on the eastern edge of Mobile Bay; is home to historic Fort Morgan, most famous for its role in the Civil War battle where Admiral David Farragut issued the infamous command "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" Both islands offer an eclectic mix of sights, including easter egg colored houses and restaurants serving up tantalizing local favorites.


Photo by Owen Reed

The Mobile Bay ferry is a vehicle/passenger ferry that operates daily year round with two ferries running in the spring and summer, dependent on weather conditions. Always check the schedule before making the trek to the departure sites. Entry on board is via a ramp and once on board passengers can enjoy the ride from either their vehicles or get out and walk the deck. There are also observation platforms where you can take in the scenery, view wildlife up close through the telescope and enjoy the salty Gulf air. Seagulls snag a ride across the bay atop the ramp and often dolphins are seen playing and fishing in the warm waters. Giant oil rigs that tower the waters, diving pelicans, Blue Heron and live, working shrimp boats are among the many interesting things to see. The 45 minute trip is packed with sights sure to please all.  

The Mobile Bay Ferry offers an affordable, scenic twist to the great American road trip. Kids, nature enthusiasts and vactioners alike are sure to love this scenic drive across Mobile Bay. Deckhands Steve or Owen can answer any questions you may have while on board. Call the Dauphin Island Ferry office at 251.861.3000 for up to the minute scheduling information.

One Way Ticket Prices

Autos, Pick-Up Trucks & Vans with one driver

$16.00

Motor homes with one driver

$35.00

Motorcycles with one rider

$8.00

Each additional passenger per vehicle

$4.50

All trailers and boats

$10.00

Children under 12

FREE

Round-Trip Ticket Prices

Autos, Pick-Up Trucks & Vans with one driver

$30.00

Motor homes with one driver

$60.00

Motorcycles with one rider

$8.00

Each additional passenger per vehicle

$4.50

All trailers and boats

$10.00

Children under 12

FREE

Pedestrian Charges - Walk On

Adults

$5.00

Children under 12

FREE

  Prices and times subject to change.

For more info: Details and scheduling information can be found at www.mobilebayferry.com/

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