Nothing compares to the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Gulf Coast. From the birds that fly in the skies to the fish that swim in the seas, we’re lucky to be surrounded by so many of Mother Nature’s finest creations along Alabama’s Coastal Connection. There’s no better way to learn all there is to know about our unique ecosystem than visiting the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

The Estuarium highlights the four main habitats of coastal Alabama (the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the barrier islands and the Northern Gulf of Mexico) and highlights the plants, animals and other natural resources found in our estuary and the surrounding marine habitats.

Take a spin around the 10,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall for beautiful visual displays and engaging activities designed to educate guests on Mobile Bay, one of the United States’ largest estuary systems.

If you’re the type who has to see to believe, get up close and personal with stingrays at the 7,000-gallon touch pool, take a stroll down the Living Marsh Boardwalk or check out the 31 different aquariums displaying more than 100 different species.

Starting in September, the Estuarium’s hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $6 for children and students, $9 for seniors and $11 for adults.

Aside from the Estuarium, there are plenty of stops along Alabama’s Coastal Connection teeming with opportunities to learn about and explore the beauty of the Gulf Coast. Where will you stop next?