Perched where the shore meets the ocean is Alabama's Gulf Coast and Orange Beach. With its silky white sand beaches and gorgeous blue-green water, Orange Beach is a mecca for spring break and summer family vacationers. Here you'll find an incredible culinary scene, ocean to table dining, adventure, and of course water activities for the whole family.
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Cold Mil Dolphin Boat Tours
Offering a selection of tours, from morning through sunset, there is a cruise to fit everyone! We chose the morning Double Surf dolphin boat cruise to keep the grandkids busy, and it was an excellent choice. Two of the boats in the fleet cruise side-by-side, and create a perfect wave to beckon dolphins.
Meeting at the Bear Creek Marina, check-in is at the small store to the right of the marina. After check-in, it was time to board, with a deckhand assisting. Once seated the deckhand passes out the life jackets to the kids and goes over the safety instruction. As we cruise out of the marina and into the waterway, the excitement is building as we learn about the habits of the bottlenose dolphin.
Dolphins Sighted on the Dolphin Boat Tour!
Suddenly a shout arose, “Dolphins! Look over there!” and it was all heads turned and eyes searching for the dolphins. As we searched, a family of three dolphins suddenly appeared, surfing the wave created by the boats cruising in tandem.
The dolphin raced beneath the waves, gaining speed, and then shot out of the water, flipping over the waves. The smallest dolphin, our guide said was a little over a year old, was jumping and playing in tandem with one of the older dolphins – it was amazing to see. Under the water they twisted from side to side, racing, gaining momentum, keeping pace with the boat. I could see one of his eyes clearly – they seemed to speak right to me, “Watch this!” And with that, he leaped out of the water again and again.
As the boat cruised along the waterway, and between dolphin watches, the guide invited the kids to use scoop nets and “fish” for small fish and crabs in the boat's live well. Plenty of little “shiners” and small blue crabs, minus their claws, kept the kids busy.
Dolphin Boat Tours are a Great Way to Start the Day!
Sadly our 90-minute cruise was over too soon, and we headed back to the dock. Everyone wore looks of wonder on their faces, mesmerized by the delightful dancing, playful dolphins.
About The Cold Mil Dolphin Boat Tours
Touring the gorgeous inland waters along Gulf Coast, the fleet uses 50-foot boats, offering smooth, comfortable rides for the 90-minute tours. Contact 251-943-3510 for more information.
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By Marla Monk
Marla Monk & Melanie Pollard are the duo behind Grans On The Go. We are two grandmothers who want to embrace life through travel and see where it takes us. I am a married mother of three sons and have three grandchildren. Family is my top priority, and I look for interesting ways to enjoy life! I grew up as a Marine Corps child and experienced living in different places. I enjoy learning about history, local culture and meeting people when traveling. I make my home in Birmingham, Alabama.