Alabama Aquarium

The Alabama Aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab formerly named the Estuarium, is an exciting educational venue highlighting the four key habitats of coastal Alabama: the Mobile Tensaw River Delta, Mobile Bay, the Barrier Islands, and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. It includes the 10,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, a 7,000-gallon stingray touch pool, and the Living Marsh Boardwalk. This facility has 31 aquariums totaling over 30,000 gallons with more than 100 species on display. The Alabama Aquarium showcases the plants, animals, and other natural resources found in the estuary and its surrounding marine habitats.

Through beautiful visual exhibits and engaging interactive exhibits, the aquarium will leave you with a broader understanding of the interactions that take place in Mobile Bay, the fourth largest estuary system in the United States.

Aquarium Hours
Monday through Sunday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Please purchase tickets online before you arrive.


*All unvaccinated visitors are required to wear a mask when touring the Alabama Aquarium. The CDC recommendation is for 2 years old and up to wear a mask if not vaccinated.

*Please maintain your social distance from others while visiting the Alabama Aquarium and in lines. Tickets are timed in 10-minute intervals to allow for proper social distancing. 

*Please purchase your tickets prior to arriving. Click here to purchase tickets. Please remember to arrive at your designated ticket time. 

*Some exhibits are adjusted to allow for minimal contact when touring the aquarium.

*At the current time, we are unable to accept discount coupons online. 


Adult $12.00
Children (5-18) or Students with ID $6.00
Seniors (60+) $10.00

Ask about military and AAA discounts.

For more information, you can always call 251-861-7500.

*Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Group rates are available by reservation with at least 48 hours' notice. To schedule, contact Amy Hannah at  251-861-2141 x7070 or fill out the online reservation form.

The Alabama Aquarium is closed on the following days:

  • Easter Sunday
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve Day
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Eve Day
  • New Year's Day

Pet Policy: No pets are allowed in the Alabama Aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. However, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Alabama law, a service dog that is trained to perform tasks or do work for a person with a disability will be allowed to enter.

Shirts and shoes required.  No bikini tops. No open containers allowed.

Ask the Aquarist

Boardwalk Talks

The Boardwalk Talk series is a free, public program on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at 11:15 a.m. Currently, Boardwalk Talks are scheduled virtually and air live on the DISL YouTube Channel

Talks give you a chance to participate in a dialog with the experts, including researchers, graduate students, post-docs, educators, aquarists, and technicians. These informal chats encompass a broad range of science topics.

Check out our Boardwalk Talk library.


Fun for the whole family!

The Alabama Aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab offers three excursions for the entire family. The excursions take visitors into the habitats studied by our marine scientists, researchers, and students at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Children 18 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 

For questions and reservations: E-mail or call (251) 861-2141 ext. 2127. (DISL reserves the right to cancel in case of inclement weather or if there is insufficient participation.)

As a protective measure against COVID, all participants two years and older are required to wear a mask. Please ensure that each person in your party comes prepared with a suitable mask. Please conduct a health assessment on everyone in your party before leaving home on the morning of the Excursion. If anyone is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please cancel by phone, and we will issue a full refund. Everyone will be screened for symptoms upon arrival. We will not take a party if anyone in the group is symptomatic, but we will issue full refunds. Please help us safeguard everyone's health.


Upcoming Dates:
Reservation Form

Thursday, February 24- 2:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Friday, March 18- 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 21- 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Location: Alabama Aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab 

Program Cost:  $12 per person. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Please note that your reservation will not be secure until you purchase your tickets through a link you will receive by email using a code provided in the same email.

DISL reserves the right to cancel in case of inclement weather or if there is insufficient participation.

Salt marshes are not monotonous expanses of grass; they’re fascinating coastal wetlands that are critical to our estuary system. Be a marine scientist for a day, and use seine nets, buckets, shovels, and sieve boxes to collect samples, including crabs, snails, and fish (we’ll release animals back to the marsh). You’ll learn about the important role salt marshes play in the Gulf of Mexico and how they support the seafood we enjoy.

After meeting at the Alabama Aquarium, you will travel to the Dauphin Island salt marsh to explore this vital ecosystem. Please be advised that you will get wet and muddy, so you may wish to prepare your vehicle accordingly.

What to wear:  Proper footwear is very important for your safety and enjoyment. Because of sharp oyster shells, participants are advised to wear closed-toe shoes that tie or strap on, such as old tennis shoes. Please no flip-flops, Crocs, or rubber boots as they get ‘eaten’ by the marsh mud. Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy. Showers and changing facilities will be available after the marsh trip.

What to bring:  hat, sunscreen, water bottle, change of clothes and shoes, bag for muddy items


Upcoming Dates: 
Reservation Form 

Thursday, January 20- 2:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Friday, February 18- 2:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 10- 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Friday, April 8- 9:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Location: Alabama Aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Program Cost:  $12 per person. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Please note that your reservation will not be secure until you purchase your tickets through a link you will receive by email using a code provided in the same email.

There’s more to a barrier island than sand and water – the beach is a thriving habitat with a dynamic dune system and fascinating plants and animals, and higher elevations are covered by lush forest. We’ll walk through the maritime forest, then on to the dunes and beach.

You will learn about plants that Indians and colonists used and the benefits of an intact dune system. You’ll see many coastal animals; occasional highlights include osprey, alligators, and dolphins. You’ll dig for mole crabs that live in the surf zone and chase scuttling ghost crabs. We’ll bring hand nets and critter containers so we can get an up-close look.

What to wear:  Comfortable walking shoes for the beach and forest. Light-weight clothes for hot summer temperatures. If you’re eager to get wet, feel free to dress accordingly, though getting wet can be avoided.  

What to bring:  hat, sunscreen, water bottle, bug spray, change of clothes and shoes, bag for wet items


Upcoming Dates:
Reservation Form 

Friday, February 11- 2:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 17- 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, March 25- 2:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 7- 2:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, April 22 (Earth Day)- 9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Alabama Aquarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Join a professional Dauphin Island Sea Lab Educator for a two-hour boat trip in the waters surrounding Dauphin Island, where you’ll learn how estuaries such as Mobile Bay feed the seas. Mobile Bay is a thriving nursery ground that supports a vast array of animals. A short trawl will produce a sampling of some of these animals for you to examine, and a plankton tow will give you a look at the microscopic organisms at the base of the food chain. Other kinds of wildlife, including pelicans, gulls, dolphins, and sharks, can often be seen from the boat.  
The minimum age for participation is 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


  • $30 per person. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Please note that your reservation will not be secure until you purchase your tickets through a link you will receive after submitting the reservation form. This program is limited to 25 participants (based on Covid distancing guidelines, and subject to change). A minimum number of tickets must sell before the scheduled Boat Excursion for the trip to run.
  • Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for their supervision and safety. 

What to wear: Proper footwear is required for your safety. Wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes. Please note that you will not be allowed to board the vessel without proper footwear. Layers are advised for variable weather conditions.
What to bring:  Hat, sunscreen, water bottle, binoculars, snack, camera, your curiosity, and your mask

Rays of the Bay Webcam

Our Rays of the Bay exhibit currently features three species of rays: Atlantic Stingray, Bluntnose Stingray, and Cownose Stingray. Sharing the tank with our rays are Permit, Mojarra, and White Mullet. 

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Marine Educator-led Aquarium Tours

Expand your journey through the aquarium with a guided tour led by DISL's Discovery Hall Programs’ Marine Educators. Group size is limited to 15 people. It is $50 in addition to the admission cost for the Aquarium. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

You can take the adventure outside the aquarium with one of our other Discovery Hall Programs offerings. 

Science Fridays
Ocean Explorer Saturdays
Family Camp
Scout Badge Program
Summer Programs

Mobile Bay Webcam

Our Mobile Bay webcam gives you a live look at the large tank in our Mobile Bay exhibit inside the aquarium. The exhibit area features drum, pipefish, the diamondback terrapin, and more species who call Mobile Bay home. 

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Dauphin Island Weather

Click a link below to view the current weather at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

Curricula for School Groups

Estuarium Activity

Estuarium Activity Keys

Specific Activity Sheets

All documents are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. 

Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary to open and print these files.


From Interstate 10, take Exit 17A to Dauphin Island.  Once on the Island, take a left at the water tower; the Alabama Aquarium is 2 miles on the left. Parking is free.  The address is 102 Bienville Blvd. Dauphin Island, AL 36528.

You can also ride the Mobile Bay Ferry from Fort Morgan. See details and times here.

Want to Volunteer at the Estuarium?

For people who enjoy meeting a wide range of visitors, and who love to share their enthusiasm for the environment, the Alabama Aquarium provides a wonderful opportunity to get involved. Show eager students and visitors how ticklish horseshoe crabs are, talk to the public about important marine problems, guide school groups around exhibits, and much more. Volunteers will receive extensive training, numerous benefits, and the chance to meet and greet visitors from right down the street to across the country.

To become an Alabama Aquarium docent volunteer, contact Jamelle Roy at (251) 861-2141 x7545 or email:

Download Volunteer Application

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