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Nags Head Dolphin Watch

7517 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 449-8999
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Ranked #3 of 14 activities in Nags Head
Type: Tours
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Boone, North Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Our 9 year old girls are obsessed with dolphins. This is an awesome, all age adventure to take when you are visiting the OBX. A couple had a newborn and my 70+ year old parents went. NC has strict no harassment laws for the dolphins so we are only able to observe them. The Captain John and Jess the Marine... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The tour is guided by a knowledgeable captain and a graduate marine biologist Jess. This IS NOT just dolphin watching, this is a scientific adventure. Once you find the dolphins, (we must have seen about 25 total) , the children on the boat will help Jess record data about the air, salinity of the water,and water temperature at which they... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

An awesome activity to do with children! Very kid friendly, but also informative and interesting for adults. It was a wonderful afternoon outing.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Captain John and his first mate, Jess were friendly, knowledgeable tour guides. We found the dolphins and watched them for as long as we were allowed (so as not to harass them). Jess let our daughter and the another child on board help her take environmental data for the ongoing research. Don't miss it!

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This is a must do for families or couples. My wife and I enjoyed the knowledgeable Marine Biologist and our bot captain. We were fortunate and spotted pods early. We were able to remain with a couple of groups for almost 45 minutes and saw a couple of younger dolphins in a group. Bring binoculars for an extra close look... More

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Nags Head, North Carolina
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The marine biologist on the boat was great. She was informative and great with the kids – and adults – answering all our questions. We saw many dolphins during the cruise and our kids (6 and 8) could even identify Moe and Curly (male dolphins) by the end.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Great marine biologist explained all that you'd ever want to know about these dolphins and you get to see them up close. Great for kids as well as adults of any age. Smooth sailing and amazing views.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Took the Dolphin Watch trip with our family and grandchildren, age 3 & 5. Saw lots of dolphins. Well worth it. We especially enjoyed the hands on session at the end of the watch given by Jessie. She was quite knowledgeable and allowed the children to be involved in the science of the research of dolphins. We originally chose this... More

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Riverhead, NY
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

The tour started off a little weird, waiting at the dock with the captain sitting out on the boat not looking at anyone or saying anything, and then we all had to go to a different dock at the last minute because the water at the main dock was too shallow to load everyone. But once the tour got going... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We had a lovely time on this dolphin watch. I had booked the trip mostly for an activity that would be good for my elderly mother. I was looking for a nice boat ride on a stable craft, and was considering seeing any dolphins as a bonus. We didn't see any for almost an hour into the trip - but... More

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