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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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Great dolphin and birding experience

Spectacular dolphin sightings shared by one of the world's great dolphin enthusiasts! We have been on several of Scarlett's birding and dolphin tours. Each has been filled with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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Mount Pleasant, SC
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Mount Pleasant, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Spectacular dolphin sightings shared by one of the world's great dolphin enthusiasts! We have been on several of Scarlett's birding and dolphin tours. Each has been filled with dolphin sightings where the Dolphins clustered around Scarlett's boat clearly displaying trust and reciprocating the love Scarlett sings and radiates at them. They will often play with the boat and us lucky... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Last week we visited South Padre Island for the first time with a relative and our 13-year-old son. When my husband was searching for dolphin tours, he was really impressed about the promise to be respectful of the dolphins and the eco friendly views of the owner of the Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center. The price is a... More 

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Haven't toured the center itself but we took the 6-passenger boat tour with Scarlet, the Dolphin Whisperer. Amazing experience! It was Scarlet's birthday and the dolphins came out to play. We saw at least 50 dolphins, most playing and leaping close to the boat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

This was an amazing time! I decided to take the tour for my birthday and am soooooo happy I did!!! Scarlet is so knowledgeable and her energy and spirit made the tour that much more enjoyable. We saw many dolphins and she knows each one by name. Was a great time; HIGHLY recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

An excellent experience! Scarlet is amazing and has a wonderful and magical relationship with the dolphins. We saw plenty of dolphins jumping and playing next to our boat, and enjoyed the company of Rozzi, Scarlet's dog, on the trip as well. Very friendly, educational, and magical. A must on your to-do list.

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

As Winter Texans, we had heard of Scarlet Colley (the Dolphin Whisperer) her Dolphin Dog Roxie and the wondrous experiences with Dolphins that could be had on her tours. We finally took a tour when our children visited during their Christmas Break, 2014. WOW!! Scarlet called to the Dolphins (by name) while Roxie beckoned them with her special bark. The... More 

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Oklahoma City, OK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We weren't sure if we were at the right place as it seemed small. But, I was impressed with the touch tanks and the emphasis on teaching ecological responsibility.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We went out on a private tour with Scarlett and her daughter and the dogs. We had the best time ever, the dolphins respond to her voice, she knows them by name. They come to her boat, we didn't have go looking for them. It is an amazing experience.

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Aurora, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We had a fantastic time! My wife, my parents and I went out dolphin watching with Scarlet. We had such a good time that we went out again! We are recommending that any of our friends who visit South Padre Island/Port Isabel spend an afternoon with you (or two!) This dolphins clearly love you as much as you love them!... More 

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Wilsonville, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Scarlet introduced us to many of her friends! The dolphins clearly love her as much as she loves them. We had a wonderful time on this tour. It is much more personal than other tours we have done. The dolphins played and danced around the boat, coming to Scarlet as soon as they saw her. We had so much fun... More 

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