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“You owe this to your kids”

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium
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Owner description: A large center for the academic study of marine wildlife.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is an attraction that you can take your kids to, & find plenty of things of interest to both them, & yourself.

They have exhibits geared to all ages.

The one thing it's definitely not, is a tourist trap.

It's well worth your time, & your money.

1  Thank dwdawg
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

We visited this facility on the same day as we toured Fort Gaines, and sorry to say, we ran out of time before the ferry departed. The aquarium, which they call an estuarium, is excellent, and you should not rush your way through all of the exhibits, because it takes time to read the descriptions of what you're looking at and to understand the significance of it all. I personally think you should take at least an hour at minimum, and more time would be better.

2  Thank ThorneBirdGT
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

This aquarium is small compared to the big ones (like the Baltimore Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium) but the displays are great and this is a great way to see the marine life that lives in the Bay and in the Gulf. The tanks were very clean and all the fish and invertebrates seemed healthy. There is a lot of information and we spent 2-3 hours reading everything and watching the short videos. You could whip through the place in less than hour if you want to just glance at each display, but we loved taking our time and learning everything we could about the area. Only criticism is that the signs on the displays were not always up to date (i.e., there were animals in some tanks that were not identified on the signs). The fish feedings in the large tanks were fun to watch. Price is a little steep for a small aquarium but I figure it is for a good cause, as this is a great educational opportunity for kids and adults alike.

Thank Doctagon
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

What a great little jewel of a place. It isn't large and exotic, but if you want to learn about the environment of south Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico, this is the perfect place to go. You can then walk on the beach and wander in an old Civil War era fort that has been restored and protected.

1  Thank Howard W
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

My husband, 4 year old son, and myself made a trip over for a "homeschool day." The estuarium is not very large but it is probably the perfect size for a young child. We bought a Groupon and so we only paid $10 total for 2 adult tickets (I believe regular price is $10 for each ticket). Our 4 year old was free (under 5 is free). There were several hands on exhibits, which the little one loved. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. It was a fun AND education experience. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Thank MommyofIan
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