Friday, August 23, 2013

Mobile Bay Ferry

Gulf Coast residents use the Mobile Bay Ferry to take care of business. Tourists like the ferry because it's a pleasant part of a day trip that gets them and their automobile from historic Fort Morgan to Dauphin Island's attractions and back.

The trip across Mobile Bay is a pleasurable 45 minutes that is especially nice during warm weather. Passengers are free to roam around the ferry, soak up the sun, and take in the sights.

Fare includes a base charge for the motor vehicle, plus an additional charge for each passenger. There is a discount for round trip service.

An extra boat, the Marissa Mae Nicole, has been added to the ferry service from spring until fall. If you're wondering what the main boat is called, it's the Fort Morgan.

To get to the ferry at  Dauphin Island, take Hwy 193 to the three-way stop at the water tower. Turn left and drive two miles.

To get to the Fort Morgan dock, take Hwy 180 from Gulf Shores (Fort Morgan Road) and go all of the way to the tip of the peninsula. Look for the ferry near the entrance to the fort.

Many visitors to the Alabama Gulf Coast take a ferry ride just for the experience. It is not uncommon for a family to load their car on the ferry at Fort Morgan, unload it at Dauphin Island, drive around the island and take the next ferry back to Fort Morgan. Others like to use it as just one leg of a gulf shores day trip.

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