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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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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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Best dolphin tour

I have taking various dolphin tours along the Gulf Coast over the years and this one has by far been the best. I have never been that close to them in the wild and it seemed like... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I have taking various dolphin tours along the Gulf Coast over the years and this one has by far been the best. I have never been that close to them in the wild and it seemed like they were enjoying our visit as much as we enjoyed watching them and at one point one of the females appeared to be... More 

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Edinburg, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Looking for a personalized, friendly, knowledgeable dolphin tour? The tour provided by George and Scarlet and their dolphin dog Gorgi are the best. My family of four toured with one other person on board a pontoon boat to see lots of dolphins in the Port Isabel Harbor and Intracoastal Waterway. Fantastic trip! Don't miss this unique opportunity.

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Baton Rouge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We really enjoyed our dolphin boat trip. The tours were running a little behind, but the kids had such a great time visiting all of the sea animals at the center, it was no big deal. We all loved seeing the dolphins, and we even got to see one leap out of the water! A fun and educational time for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

See life nature center was a great spot the $3/per person fee was worth it. Very informative. Was nice to be able to hold some of the animals. They have a huge tortoise roaming free. You are able to feed him.

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The nature center is interesting and gives you some perspective on why it is so important to understand how we impact the environment that the dolphins inhabit. And for the kids, they have touch tanks to get close to a variety of marine life. They also have a large Sulcata tortoise. Its a small facility and takes about an hour... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The dolphin research center has no Dolphins ( and by law they are not allowed). I knew that before I came and that was a major reason I was not disappointed. I guess they will take you out in a boat to try to see some but we did not do that. It cost only $2.00 to get in. They... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Fantastic experience! Enjoyed learning about the conservation efforts and seeing so many dolphins playing in their natural environment. I also appreciated the friendly captain who also let me take my dog along on the boat ride.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I rarely write reviews (this is only my second) but I highly recommend this experience. The owner seemed to enjoy the cruise as much as we did! You could tell he certainly cares for the subject, also noted that he owns a shop at the foot of the Padre bridge that works to help dolphins as well. We have a... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Great family experience. I've done this in places like Cabo and Puerto Rico, but nice to be able to take the kids to some place right here in Texas. S Padre really worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The guide's enthusiasm, and her obviously deep caring for the animals was contagious. We saw many Dolphins and we were even splashed by one.

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