Welcome to Gulf Coast


The main city in the area is Mobile, which boasts scads of French-Caribbean architecture and a noticeable military presence. Fairhope is a picturesque small town, while Gulf Shores appeals to the beach resort crowd.


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$29 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Gulf Coast Ducks Triple-Splash Duck Boat Tour

On this 70 minute tour you will visit Battleship Memorial Park, a military history park and museum located on the shore of Mobile Bay in Mobile, Alabama. This incredible museum has a collection of notable aircraft and museum ships including the USS Alabama, which is the winner of nine battle stars in World War II, as well as the Gato-class submarine USS Drum.  You will also get to see a Mach 3 A-12 Blackbird super secret spy plane, the B-52 stratofortress Calamity Jane, and an original plane that was used by the Tuskegee Airmen, plus 22 other aircraft and weaponry from all branches of the military.  After we visit Battleship Memorial park, we switch from land to sea by splashing down into the Mobile River. The tour continues sharing incredible facts about the 9th largest port in the USA, Navy defense warships being built on the Mobile River, and much more. We then come ashore in Downtown Mobile, where we will share all of the exciting things happening in the City - both new and old! We will include details of the first skyscraper in the South, how Mobile is the place to be to celebrate Mardi Gras, details on GulfQuest Maritime Interactive Museum, Mobile's beautiful Downtown Parks, and much more! Then, it is back to the USS Alabama and another splash in Mobile Bay to enjoy the beautiful views of the USS Alabama from the water. This 70 minute tour is the ultimate way to explore both land and sea in South Alabama while being thoroughly entertained by our expert tour guides.

$23.87 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Delta Wildlife Eco Boat Tour

You'll be treated to a comfortable boat ride with experienced guides and captains.The boat has full cover and enclosure (seasonal) with soft, cushioned seats and backrests, PA System and restroom on board. The knowledgeable staff will narrate the tour and interact with guests through questions and commentary. The varieties of wildlife, mixed with engaging guides ensure that no two tours are alike, you'll want to come back again and again. In addition, these tours depart and return to the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Alabama. This 81 acre nature center boasts nature trails, picnic areas, theater, museum and gift shop. All of these amenities are available at no additional charge.

$20.88 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Alabama Gulf Coast Dolphin Cruise

Once you arrive at Sportsman Marina, you will be greeted with a smile at our check-in booth just outside of Pleasure Island Tiki Bar. As you board the 50 foot Ann-Sea, the deckhand will welcome you and assist any children with life-vests. Find your favorite spot on our upper or lower decks and make yourself comfortable. You are free to move around the boat during the cruise. When the cruise is leaving the dock, Captain Scooter will give you some instructions on safety during the cruise, tell you a little bit about the area and also talk to you about how to spot the dolphin. Relax and enjoy the cruise to the back bays or out into the Gulf Of Mexico. When the dolphin are located, they will usually come swim up beside the boat and put on a pretty spectacular show for us. Video is the best way to capture these fascinating mammals but we have had some customers get some amazing still shots as well. On the return trip from the back bay we will stop to pull a crab trap and see what it may hold. We have found everything from blue crabs, to stone crabs to star fish!! We will remove what is inside and show you how to safely hold it, if you choose. On our daytime cruises, we may also encounter pirates!!! Never fear, we will have a water gun battle to the death! Well, not really, just to the soaking! ;) If the pirates are too scared to be out that day, we have other boats that we do battle with as well. So, bring a towel and be prepared to get refreshed! If you don't care to get wet, we do have a cabin where you can hang out until the battle is won! Speaking of the cabin, ours air conditioned during the summer and we have a snack bar and restroom for your comfort. We have a variety of snacks and drinks in our snack bar along with a few souvenirs. You are welcome to bring a small cooler and we do allow alcohol but we do ask that you be responsible and remember that we are family friendly. We also ask that you not bring glass containers if at all possible. Upon return to the marina, Captain Scooter will tell you about all of the locals favorite restaurants and thank you for joining us. Our deckhand does work for tips so please be prepared to tip 10-15% of your trip total. Being a family owned business we rely on repeat customers, customer referrals and customer feedback to help future visitors make decisions, so we ask that you please rate our company on the sites listed in our followup email. We greatly appreciate our customers and strive to show it!Thank you so much!!

$160.16 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Orange Beach WaveRunner Dolphin Tour

The tour starts at our marina were we give our guests an safety orientation and instructions on the jet ski equipment they will be using. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your reservation time to allow for adequate time to go through paperwork and a safety orientation. The guide will then lead the way out of the marina and into the bay to search for dolphins and other marine wildlife. We have a lot of success finding dolphins so it's best to keep a close eye on the waters. It's not unusual to see dolphins so make sure to keep a safe distance. After the first 60 minutes, the guide will give everyone some free-time to explore on their own and zip around the bay!

$71.50 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Dolphins & Wildlife Kayak Tour

Experience a dolphin encounter like none other - watch for and learn about Gulf Shores’ Bottlenose Dolphins in their natural environment from the intimate, unobtrusive, and non-threatening vantage point of a kayak while exploring optimal Bottlenose Dolphin habitat. Like all wild animals these dolphins can be elusive, but there is nothing like the thrill of seeing these magnificent creatures up close when they choose to show off. Either way, you will come away with an appreciation, understanding, and new found knowledge of dolphins as you learn about their life history, ecology, feeding behaviors, and communal nature. If your a birding enthusiast, we will also visit a portion of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge that no driving tourist can reach, as it is accessible only by kayak (or helicopter - not included :->). Join us in exploring this extraordinary haven for migratory birds, nesting Loggerhead and Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles, and the endangered Alabama Beach Mouse. Named as one of the 10 natural wonders of Alabama, the BSNWR refuge serves the additional benefit of comprising one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the Alabama coast - its dunes are a reminder of the Gulf Coast, as it once existed. This tour is definitely a MUST DO for any true eco-tourist! Regularly observed birds in BSNWR: Belted KingFisher, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Great Egret, Cormorant, and Brown Pelican. In addition to dolphins and the wildlife of the BSNWR, parts of the Bon Secour River, Oyster Bay, and the Intracoastal Waterway are also home to various commercial vessels, so keep on the lookout for cool shrimp boats, crab boats, tug boats and barges, also covered by the tour. Led by experienced Coastal Nature Guides who will introduce you to the fauna, flora, and history of Gulf Shores and its local waterways. Please Note: This tour was previously known as the "Dolphins at Sunset" or "Bon Secour National Wildlife Kayak Tour."

$30.80 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

The Secretly Awesome Tour

You will board the boat at the downtown Mobile waterfront and head out on a unique and fun filled cruise.  You'll get an up close look at the working waterfront with cargo ships loading and unloading, tug boats and barges moving freight, huge vessels lifted out of the water on incredible dry docks, state of the art vessels being built for the US Navy and so much more!  From there you'll enter Mobile Bay and pass the USS Alabama and get to see it from a unique water-side perspective. Learn about the battleship, Mobile Bay and all it's naval history before exploring the southern edges of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta where we'll look for abundant wildlife including many species of birds and everyone's favorite.....the American Alligator.  From there we'll circle back to downtown. Like the city it's named for, it's often a secret, AND it's awesome. Perfect for children of all ages.

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