Mobile Bay: Dauphin Island, Bayou La Batre, and USS Alabama

Driving to the West 2019 – Mobile Bay: Dauphin Island, Bayou La Batre, and USS Alabama

In today’s video we visit the Mobile Bay area. This is the second installment of my 2019 trip to the west.

Camping

I decided to stay at the Escapees Rainbow Plantation, which is located in Summerdale, near Fairhope, on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. It is priced right at $23 for members which ends up being about $25 after taxes.

Video

Here’s a link to the video.

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Mobile Bay Ferry

After missing the Mobile Bay Ferry the last time I was here, this time I decided to do proper research. The ferry costs $15 for passenger vehicles, and in the winter time runs every 90 minutes. The schedule and more information are available at the website.

Dauphin Island

On the other side of the bay we encounter Fort Gaines and Dauphin Island.  Here I had an early lunch at the Sunset Grill. I had a very substantial and tasty shrimp po’boy. It is a lovely beach town that I hope to visit some day again, in the summer preferably. From here I decided to go a little further north. I stopped briefly by Bayou La Batre, filming location where one Forrest Gump became a shrimp boat captain. Time was passing me by rather quickly, so I decided to make a beeline for Mobile and visit Battleship Park.

USS Alabama

The pièce de résistance here was the USS Alabama. The World War II legendary battleship is nowadays a museum. It is exquisitely presented with sound effects, props, somewhat creepy mannequins, and lots of historic information. This self guided tour is a must if you are in the area. I think I would recommend it even if you are not into this sort of thing. The park also features the USS Drum, a submarine, also from the World War II era, also not to be missed. There is an aircraft pavilion and several planes, tanks, and other exhibits on display outdoors.

This is when time ran out, and I decided to drive through the heart of town as day turned in night.

Map

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4 thoughts on “Mobile Bay: Dauphin Island, Bayou La Batre, and USS Alabama”

  1. Here we go, the trip out west this year has begun, with this great installment including a flight along white sand beaches, and a neat trip around the USA Alabama! Very cool, high Robert style attitude, and a great trip. I can’t wait for more installments of this huge trip driving to the west…love it…Thanks Robert!

  2. The Mobile Bay Ferry crosses beautiful Mobile Bay, Alabama and connects SR 193 at Dauphin Island on the west side with SR 180 at Mobile Point on the east. Considered “the Gulf-Coast’s Most Scenic Drive”, the ferry saves travelers hours of driving time plus the high cost of fuel by providing a travel link across the mouth of Mobile Bay.

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