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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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First Class Dolphin Experience

We have been enjoying Scarlet and George for over 15 years. It's an experience you and your family will never forget. Their "relationship" with the Dolphins is unbelievable and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
KandKBeal
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Garland, Texas
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Garland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We have been enjoying Scarlet and George for over 15 years. It's an experience you and your family will never forget. Their "relationship" with the Dolphins is unbelievable and their passion for nature/conservation is something everyone can learn from. Always worth the price and bring your camera for sure. Must see and should be the #1 thing-to-do in SPI !!

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Cost was a higher than the bigger commercial outfits but it's worth it. They have a maximun of 6 people per pontoon-like boat and there were only 4 in our boat. Much better than scrambling with 40 other people to see. Loved Gordy the dolphin finding dog and yes she runs and alerts you to where a dolphin is!! Tour... More 

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Cedar Park, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is a very small nature center that is pretty basic and down to earth so don't expect tours and multiple exhibits. What you will get, however, is opportunities for you and your kids to hold starfish and hermit crabs, and look at a variety of ocean life in small tanks. There is a small room with an educational movie... More 

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Donna, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

As we age, there are few things that can grab us and yank us back to the freedom of our youth. The dolphin excursion with Scarlet Colley was one of these things. The captain of our excursion, Scarlet, placed the boat in neutral, and we sat in awe as the dolphins were drawn to the boat with the mere sound... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

A great day out and absolutely worth it. Scarlet brought us out to hopefully catch a glimpse of a yellow mangrove warbler and sure enough, it didn't take long for her to hear one first and then spot one in amongst the mangroves. Brilliant! I was very impressed with her bird identification skills and her ability to locate dolphins, as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

Love the people it was fun gonna do it again. This weekend was kinda foggy but still fun. I would definitely do it when the skies are clearer and water is clearer too.

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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

George took us out and there were Dolphins absolutely everywhere. We were gone for an hour and a half, and we saw lots and lots of Dolphins. It costs $25 per person and it is well worth the money. George is very knowlegeable about the gulf and where to find the Dolphins.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Wonderful dolphin tour. Small group and up close on a very nice pontoon. Very knowledgeable captain who knew how to find them and knew how to be respectful of them in their natural home. He took a good long time on the water and we never felt like we were being rushed. Highly recommend this tour. Tom & Charlene from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

This was by far the best dolphin tour we have ever been on. Small intimate setting with 6 passengers on a nice pontoon boat with very knowledgeable captain. We watched the Dolphins playing and frolicking for a long time! I would recommend this small venue over a large tour boat any day!! Sharon, Carla, Nancy, and Donna from Chicago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Awesome trip seriously saw hundreds of Dolphins and birds. Support small businesses and go on this tour if you are considering it. we saw a lot more action and the driver took time to follow the Dolphins as the bigger boats just rushed by.

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