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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, Outdoors
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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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Our family had a good experience and saw more dolphins than we could count! While I understand Scarlet's love for animals, having Penelope the pot bellied pig on board was a distraction at times and scared our 2 young kids (especially when Scarlet made her squeal really loud). Penelope also wasn't shy about taking the kids' food and tried to... More

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Only $3 to get in. Arrived when George was feeding the marine life and I got to hand feed the starfish-super cool. He gave a lot of good information. It's small but you can stay as long as you want. Very enjoyable.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Very interesting! So many ecological aspects to experience on SPI. There's something for everyone on the Island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

We had the most amazing experience on our Dolphin cruise with Scarlet. Penelope the pig and Rozzi, the sweetest Dolphin dog hung with us too. We saw so many Dolphins! This was the highlight of our trip. There is no other cruise we would choose on the island. The Dolphins really love the Colleys. When Scarlet says to cheer the... More

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Greentown, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 via mobile

Such an amazing dolphin viewing! Great personal service. George was fantastic and passionate about the dolphins. He maneuvered around the dolphins and they circled his boat the whole time. I would take this tour again with this boat. Highly recommend this company!

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Buffalo Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This was my 2nd time going out with Scarlet and George, and it was so wonderful! We saw mama Dolphins with their babies, and 25-30 dolphins at one time! They came right up to the boat, and showed off for us by splashing around and slapping their tails. One little guy was so excited he leapt into the air several... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We had a fabulous vacation in SPI and did a lot of wonderful things. However, our dolphin cruise with Scarlett was THE BEST experience we had! Scarlett is extremely knowledgeable about the Gulf and Laguna Madre wildlife and gives a lot of great information about it as well as the history of the area itself. She is great friends with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Advise - 1) Call ahead for reservations. This tour is on a pontoon boat that holds 6 guests only (plus a driver, dog and pot-bellied pig - no I'm not making that up). 2) Do not go on the bigger-boat-at-a-cheaper-price tour. You'll regret not taking this one. 3) Take a drink with you. With drive time it'll take every minute... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

It is a tradition to go out on the boat with Scarlet annually during my SPI vacation. This year I went in October and we decided to go out twice! It's more than an attraction - It is an experience. A beautiful ride on a private boat and an intimate look into the communication and life of these dolphins. Never... More

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Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Me, my wife and in-laws had a wonderful time with Scarlett and George. This tour was one of my best vacation experiences ever. We started with Scarlett and her dog, after a while the group was separated and we boarded to George's boat (and his dog). Both of them are amazing persons, the tour itself is very, very nice... and... More

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