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South Padre Island Dolphin Research & 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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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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AMAZING

my husband and I went here while on our honeymoon as was blown away at how beautiful the area is and how nice the crew are.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Hannah L
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

my husband and I went here while on our honeymoon as was blown away at how beautiful the area is and how nice the crew are.

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1 Thank Hannah L
Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The sky was blue. The tide was low. We spent a fabulous morning with Scarlet, the birds, and the dolphins. As birders, 3 new life birds - the Gull-billed Tern, the Piping Plover, and the Mangrove Warbler. At least a dozen dolphins came to visit. Scarlett's enthusiasm for, love and knowledge of her surroundings made the trip. We'd do it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I, along with our 10 year old Golden Retreiver (first time on boat), had a blast with Scarlett, the "Dolphin Whisperer. " A truly unique experience in which we saw lots of dolphins, up close. Highly recommended this boat tour to everyone.

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Thank Tim M
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First, the passion that Scarlet has for dolphins cannot be matched by any other tour. .. she truly believe in dolphins!! She is not rushed. ..she makes sure you see and learn about dolphins. .. the dogs on board are an amazing plus... We saw many dolphins. ..some jumping following a shrimp boat or others in calmer waters... amazing

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Thank Luchowa
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A beautiful ride for our annual dolphin watch with Scarlett. We saw many, many Dolphins - more than ever before! Especially fun was the young dolphin who jumped out of the water over and over, as if practicing a new skill just learned today. As always, the best close up experience possible as the dolphin respond to the passion, respect,... More 

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Thank Ruth F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Scarlet was great. Went with family and saw lots of dolphins. They came close to boat and we got excellent pictures.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trip was great! We had never seen wild dolphins so close before! Captain George was a great tour guide and was very knowledgeable. Our only issue was that the Sea Life Center seemed dated and had a funny smell.

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Thank Kevin P
Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the Dolphin Tour with Scarlet, Rozzi & Sug's. It was amazing, we saw so many Dolphins. It was like they knew Scarlet & were happy to see her. Highly recommend this activity.

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Thank Munkiz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a awesome experience. Scarlet was amazing. She knows the Dolphins and is great at finding them. I actually think they come find her. A must do

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Weston, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an outstanding excursion where you saw lots of dolphins and Scarlett's enthusiasm for the dolphins was contagious. It was wonderful that the maximum group size is six taking you out on a very nice pontoon boat. This is a must do excursion for any age.

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