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Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center

110 N Garcia, South Padre Island, TX 78578
+1 956-299-1957
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: This nature center is a voice for dolphins wild and free, we do not keep them in captivity. We do have daily BOAT tours to take you out to meet them.... more » Owner description: This nature center is a voice for dolphins wild and free, we do not keep them in captivity. We do have daily BOAT tours to take you out to meet them. Our facility has touch tanks and marine exhibits to help all who visit understand how we can help save our oceans. « less
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Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Enough of touristy things. This is the real thing. If you love nature, and animals and want to really experience Dolphins as they live, you have to spend some time here and take the dolphin tour. I had no idea what to expect. We were there for the water and the beach and came home with another wonderful dolphin experience.... More

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Cedar Park, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We stopped in here as something to do since it was pouring rain outside. Turned out to be a cool place to visit. Kids loved playing with Domino the large tortoise and the hermit crabs. Wish they had more hands on stuff for them but overall it was a good stop.

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San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

We came to take the dolphin cruise--it's just a max of 6 people on the boat. These people know their dolphins and want to help them. Loved how the dog "talked" with the dolphins. The center is nice--some interesting critters. They should also expand their gift shop offerings to entice people to buy things and help support their existence.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

My mother, my 2 kiddos and I all got the pleasure of going out and seeing the dolphins with scarlet as our guide. It was wonderful, and my kids found a new love for the sea and passion to protect these gorgeous creatures.

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Port Isabel, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Took my grandson and he loved it. Was enjoyable to watch him ooh and ah over all he saw. Nice enjoyable to step out of the heat and have a little AC activity as well.

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Houston, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was the highlight of our family's trip. The owner took our family of six out for a fun, exciting, and educational tour. We interacted with five dolphins for almost an hour while also watching sea turtles, learning about the native birds, and hands-on observations of the sea weed and all the crab and shrimp that live within! Two days... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We only did the center, but really enjoyed it. My kids had a great time and loved all the animals. They expecially loved Domino the turtle.

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Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

If you want to see dolphins up close, you need to go to the Seal Life Nature Center. We went out with Scarlett. She is very knowledgable and has been doing this for 20 years. There were only 5 passengers, which made it very nice and personal. The other dolphin watch boats seemed to follow Scarlett to the dolphins. She... More

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Houston, Texas
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It was a great experience! We would have stayed all day if Scarlett would have let us! My 3 kids and I were on the boat alone with Scarlett. She took us out of the bay into the ocean exactly where the dolphins were. I would estimate that there were probably a total of 20 dolphins approaching us, encircling the... More

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South Padre Island, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you want to see Dolphins, you need to go to The Sea Life Nature Center; and go out with Captain George or his Wife Scarlett (the Dolphin Whisperer). You will see more Dolphins in an hour than with any other Dolphin Watching company.

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