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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We had a great Dolphin tour while we were in South Padre on vacation. Captain Jim took us out and he was very knowledgable about the area, history, plants, birds, and of course the dolphins! We learned not just about the Dolphins but of the history and wildlife in and around Lower Laguna Madre. Since we had a small group... More

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Texas
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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Lot of sea life to see. There is a variety here inside and out. Even some talking parrots. Nice little gift shop! Would visit again!

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Calgary, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This tour is rated #1 for a reason. We were priviledged to be on the maiden voyage of Scarlet's new boat. My girls loved hanging out with her sweet dog! Scarlet was informative and the dolphins definately knew who she was. We have taken a larger dolphin cruise in Florida and it was just a big boat and we could... More

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Shreveport
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

My mom, sons and I went to South Padre Island in July 2014 and this was hands down the best thing we did while we were there! The dolphins were nowhere to be found at first but we still enjoyed just riding around seeing the area, which was beautiful! Scarlett was such a joy to be with and she really... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We loved the variety of sea life to view in habitat and the lessons the girls learned from listening to the staff tell all about them as we went through the center

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We went on the Dolphin tour with Scarlet and Rizzoli. It was 4 adults and 2 toddlers. Scarlet was very knowledgeable and great with the kids. We saw more dolphins then I could count. The Dolphins seem to know her boat. I would definitely do it again.

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Mount Sterling, Kentucky
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is the highlight of our trip!!! We arrived early before the dolphin tour so we viewed all the touch tanks and even a big turtle walking around in the floor!! Each dolphin tour seats 6 people per pontoon boat and it $25/person, last 1hr-1.5 hrs. My boat captain was Scarlett and she was VERY in touch with her inner... More

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neverneverland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Terrific learning center, and loved the touch tanks! Also, there was a giant turtle walking around that was really cool! Great place to visit!

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We didn't take this tour for our dolphin tour but the non-profit facility was small, and very fun. My whole family enjoyed being able to hold some sea life, and walk around to see what native species we might see when we went on our tour the day after. My girls took such an interest in making sure that they... More

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Highland Village, Texas
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

They didn't promise we'd get to view dolphins but we saw several up close - including a momma and baby. We arrived early to tour the non profit facility and were pleased at the amount of sea life available. The boat ride with Scarlett was very educational and fun. You can tell her and her husband George truly love the... More

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