We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

10801 Dolphin Lane, Gulfport, MS 39503
+1 228-896-9182
Website
Update attraction details
Ranked #2 of 20 attractions in Gulfport
Type: Aquariums
7 visitor photos
Write a Review

20 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    14
    4
    1
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Ms Gulfcoast
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This for everyone, young and old. The staff is professional and informative. Hands on sea life, acting and talking birds, performing porpoises and sea lions. This is a fun place to learn about things that live in the gulf.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, TX, United States
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Great venue! Informative and interesting... I wish it had more to do. There were limits of size because of how young this program is, but in time could be a nice addition to this area.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gulfport, Mississippi
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

If you are a lover of marine life, do them a favor and do not visit this facility. The retired Navy dolphins and the "rehabilitated" dolphin that was rescued are made to preform cheap tricks to make the facility extra money. They even have one "painting" for profit now, and it is so so sad. At the risk of sounding... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Gambrills, Maryland
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

This is a review to honor the surviving dolphins of Hurricane Katrina that have been taken to Dolphin Cay at Atlantis Paradise Island in The Bahamas. These fun loving creatures are very lucky to be alive in Dolphin Cay being raised by parent like trainers. I recently met a dolphin named Jill at Dolphin Cay and I think she was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Top Contributor
459 reviews 459 reviews
197 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

The museum is forgettable, but if you pay for the dolphin encounter you will get time to see the touch tank and interact with dolphins doing various tricks. There are a few hidden fees when you book, but touching the dolphin does make up for it.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Joplin, Missouri
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This place requires reservations. I didn't realize this and showed up without them. They were nice enough to let us tour anyway. They have an educational program and you can touch sharks and rays in their pool. They also take you out to show you the dolphins and sea lions that are there. They train them to do tricks and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Joplin, Missouri
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I wasn't aware that we needed reservations to tour this wonderful place. Imagine my disappointment when we were told this! They quickly put us in with the next tour group when I explained they were the reason we were even in Gulfport MS. They are very informative and friendly. The dolphin and sea lion training sessions were our favorite part.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

I took my 17 month old son today and he loved it. Skipper was our guide and he did an excellent job of presenting all the info and explained what they do. We got to pet sharks, sting rays, snakes, and of coarse dolphins. My so loved all of it. The sealiob presentation at the end was an added surprise.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Morgan City, Louisiana
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This place is awesome in every way. The people were very informative, friendly and helpful. Lots of information and hands on for kids. The grand finale was just that GRAND !! Would highly recommend visiting this place if you are in the Gulfport,MS area. We will go back again. The price for the tour is very reasonable. Great place !

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This place is fantastic! We went there just today and I could not believe how much interaction and one on one time you're able to have with the animals. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. My 18 month old daughter had a blast and to be honest, so did I, her nearly 30 year old father. I couldn't... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies also viewed

 

Been to The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing