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Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center

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Address: 110 N Garcia, South Padre Island, TX 78578
Phone Number: +1 956-299-1957
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Description: This nature center is a voice for dolphins wild and free, we do not keep...
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. Our boats still go to meet our dolphins when the large tours do not have enough people to go we go for just four people
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So fun!

Scarlett was great! We enjoyed our time on her boat immensely. She is passionate and knowledgeable about her dolphin "Liebchens". We loved the small group atmosphere, and her... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
Marcy W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Scarlett was great! We enjoyed our time on her boat immensely. She is passionate and knowledgeable about her dolphin "Liebchens". We loved the small group atmosphere, and her little dogs added to the fun, barking and wagging their tales when they spotted the dolphins.

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Bruce, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

We chose this tour because of the great reviews on TripAdvisor. It did not disappoint. We saw dolphins within the first three minutes. Scarlett is so knowledgeable and knows all the dolphins by name. The tour after us canceled and she kept us out an extra 1/2 hour at no charge. The dolphins seemed to know her pontoon and played... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I would recommend taking the trip with Scarlett over any other company you might see. She is so energetic and excited about the dolphin groups, you will not experience a tour like this elsewhere. She knows where and how to find the groups, knows them all by their characteristics, is very informative, and cares tremendously for the dolphins. The tour... More 

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South Padre Island, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful trip! We saw so many dolphins including a new baby just a few days old. Capt. Scarlett is so fun, friendly, and knowledgeable. Consider this to be a must do if you are anywhere near SPI and Port Isabel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

As a kid it was awesome with so much to do they had a turtle that just walks around and you can feed it and they had a lot of fish.

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Jackson, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Enjoyed Capt George taking the time with us to find the dolphins. His dog Gordi always barked when the dolphins were coming. Great trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

This is a must do activity for everyone! It is $25 per person for a 1 1/2 hour boat ride with up to 6 others plus your guide. Plus one of their dogs. You WILL see dolphins right next to and in front of and behind your small boat. It is unreal the way the Dolphins respond to the voices... More 

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South Padre Island, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

They call Scarlett the Dolphin lady for a reason! The trip was wonderful. We saw so many beautiful dolphins and watched them play by the boat. Our son is in a wheelchair and although we weren't able to get the chair on the boat, we were a short walk to the boat so we were able to carry him on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We took our two teenagers to this small (3 rooms) nature center. It is attached to a seafood restaurant building. There is a suggested donation of three dollars per person which is a good bargain for something to do when it is too hot or rainy to be outside. There is a petting area where kids can touch a starfish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very friendly and helpful staff. The woman working was happy to help and answer any questions we had about the wide variety of sea life available. Super fun for the whole family! Only 3 dollars to see the touch tank areas and feed all the non aggressive fish and the friendly turtle that roams the shop. Very cool experience.

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