While most associate a trip to the beach with a sweltering summer day, the fall can be a great time to visit Dauphin Island!
In October, the temperature of Dauphin Island averages from 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. These mild temperatures make for a nice, comfortable day on the island! Whether you relax on the beach, adventure out on a bike or kayak, go deep sea fishing, or walk the trails, Dauphin Island has a lot of fun to offer year round.
With the more mild weather, you can also enjoy the trails of the Audubon Bird Sanctuary! The Sanctuary consists of 137 acres of maritime forest, marshes, and dunes, including a lake, a swamp, and a beach. Recently, the 3-mile trail system within the Sanctuary has been designated as a National Recreational Trail.
October is when fall bird migrations take place and Dauphin Island is one of the best places in the world to witness this! Dauphin Island’s Audubon Bird Sanctuary is a large, protected forest on the island and is the first stop for neotropical migrant birds on their return flights to Central and South America. The Bird Sanctuary has allowed Dauphin Island to be recognized by the National Audubon Society as being “Globally Important” for bird migrations. Dauphin Island is also the first place of landfall for these birds after their flight across the Gulf from Central and South America each spring.
Fort Gaines is another year-round fun activity on Dauphin Island! The well-preserved ramparts of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. Now a historic site, the Fort stands at the eastern tip of Dauphin Island where it commands panoramic views of the bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
For more information on Dauphin Island, please visit http://dauphinisland.org/