Let’s take a ride on a boat – in your car!
When you map your daily itinerary on Alabama’s Coastal Connection Scenic Byway, you’ll notice the southernmost point of the byway takes you across the mouth of Mobile Bay. That dotted line from Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan isn’t a bridge, it’s a ferry, and one of our favorite ways to travel between Mobile and Baldwin counties.
The Mobile Bay Ferry journeys between Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan during daylight hours several times a day. Amazing views of the water and wildlife keep you enthralled during the 40-minute ride. You might even catch a glimpse of a cargo ship or cruise ship as you cross the bay. If you’re staying on the island or on the Fort Morgan peninsula and just want to explore, you don’t even have to have a vehicle to ride the ferry. Reduced rates are offered for pedestrians and bicyclists.
The ferry operates year-round with at least one vessel. During the busy summer months, two ferries – the Fort Morgan and the Marissa Mae Nicole – are in operation to accommodate the heavy traffic from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Fees and the operation schedule are seasonal. You can find live updates and more information on the Mobile Bay Ferry website.
While traveling through, don’t forget to check out the Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Fort Gaines Historic Site on Dauphin Island, as well as Historic Fort Morgan on the east side of the bay.