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5 things to do on Dauphin Island during Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend is right around the corner and it's time to soak up the last bit of summer (even though the heat won't be leaving anytime soon)! Next weekend there are plenty of ways to keep the family, or even just yourself, entertained. Keep reading to see what fun events and attractions are happening within the 15-mile long island!

1. Listen to Live Music at Dority's

You definitely won't want to miss Dority's last weekend of the year! This music venue is typically only in operation from March through Labor Day weekend and is fun for all ages. It's the perfect weekend night hotspot equipped with a food truck, full bar, and plenty of entertainment.

Labor Day weekend music lineup:

Friday, September 2nd- MidLife Crisis

Saturday, September 3rd- Coastline

2. Historic Fort Gaines

Make sure to explore the beautiful and historic Fort Gaines while you are on the island. According to its website "Fort Gaines is located at Dauphin Island along Mobile Bay, was a crucial site for the south during the civil war. 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. The Fort was recently designated as one of the Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites in America due to on-going shoreline erosion.

The role of Fort Gaines in the Battle of Mobile Bay is detailed in exhibits and signs throughout the fort. On a site where history spans three centuries, one can almost hear the sounds of cannons firing, echoing the distant past, while looking out over the gulf. Today the stories of the fort’s days in battle, and the soldiers encamped there, are brought to life daily. Make this one of your stops on Alabama’s Coastal Connection."

Spend the afternoon taking a step back in time!

3. Sunday Sunset Concert Series

Music and beach lovers are invited to bring lawn chairs, snacks, beverages, a laid back attitude and perhaps a little bug spray.

For the past seven years, Alabama Coasting has produced for the Town of Dauphin Island a series of live music events celebrating the Island’s natural beauty and status as the Sunset Capital of Alabama.

Admission is only $5 per person with free admission for children 12 and under.

The scheduled artist for Sept.4 is The Jollies Band

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Sunset 7:13pm

Location: Fort Gaines

4. Dauphin Island Beaches

You can't forget to pay a visit to our beautiful white, sandy beaches on the island!

"Enjoy the sparkling sand and cool surf of the Gulf of Mexico with beautiful beachfront parks. Dauphin Island is known for having some of the most stunning natural resources and landscapes in Mobile County. Every visit to one of our parks is an opportunity for the entire family to learn and interact with natural and cultural history of Dauphin Island."

5. Audubon Bird Sanctuary

Did you know that Dauphin Island has been listed as "America's Birdiest City" For the third year in a row?

The Audubon Bird Sanctuary boasts, "164 acres of beautiful woodlands with miles of walking trails through pines, live oaks, magnolias, swamps and along Gulf beaches. Especially popular is the 1/2 mile nature interpretive trail loop which includes the fresh water lake, dune systems, Gulf beach and swamp. The trail features educational signs explaining the various animals, vegetation and their interconnection in these eco-systems.

A 1,000-foot boardwalk (handicap accessible) leads from the parking lot to a wharf overlooking Galliard Lake with a breathtaking view. Egrets and herons hang out in the late afternoon.

Dauphin Island is classified as a "Globally Import Bird Area" by the American Bird Conservancy, and is well known as one of the best places in the country to observe "neotropical migrants" – a term for those flying south each fall to the tropics, and north each spring."


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