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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We got there to late to sign up for the dolphin watch but the nature center was fun. They kids were able to touch and hold several different sea creatures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Not like a sterile Disney attraction, this is an up close and personal way of encouraging your kids to appreciate the creatures of the SPI area. This is actually in Port Isabel close to the lighthouse and bridge. We would have liked to have gone on the dolphin tour too - not sure how we missed out on doing this... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Touch tanks, great displays of aquariums. Very helpful explaining things. Cheap! $3 each. They had a large tortoise this year walking around inside! We go every time!

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We saw so many dolphins. On her private boat, we all had places to sit and see up close. It was great to be out on the ocean with just my family. Scarlett seemed to know right where to go. It was definitly the best tour of our vacation

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I called that morning at 6:50 a.m. and woke Scarlet up and she scheduled us that day. The 5 of us (2 adults, 2 teens and a 6 year old) got to ride on her new boat. Very nice! Scarlet is very sweet. Knows exactly where to go to find the dolphins. She truly loves the dolphins and wildlife. I'm... More

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