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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

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10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulfport, MS 39503-3671
+1 228-896-9182
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Excellent Dolphin Experience

We had a great time at IMMS! My daughter participated in the dolphin encounter and had a wonderful... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kara R
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Great place to visit

Really cool place to visit lots of animal shows and great information. Not a ton to see but more... read more

Reviewed yesterday
wfarrell1
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Covington, Louisiana
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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1984 for the purposes of public education, conservation, and research on marine mammals and sea turtles in the wild and under human care. IMMS has been an active participant of the National Stranding Network since its inception. IMMS is the premier stranding organization in the Mississippi-Louisiana-Alabama region of the Gulf Coast with the capability and expertise to care for sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles. IMMS serves as an important educational resource for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, incorporating programs for conservation, education and research of marine mammals, sea turtles, and their environment. IMMS's Ocean Adventures Marine Park is open for public tours year-round, reservations are not required. The Park is open seven days a week from 10:00AM to 5:00PM, but the last Park admission is at 3:00PM.
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“sea lion show” (24 reviews)
“touch pool” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulfport, MS 39503-3671
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+1 228-896-9182
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"dolphin encounter"
in 26 reviews
"sea lion show"
in 24 reviews
"touch pool"
in 16 reviews
"bird show"
in 15 reviews
"public tour"
in 10 reviews
"sea turtles"
in 9 reviews
"marine life"
in 14 reviews
"horseshoe crabs"
in 9 reviews
"sea world"
in 7 reviews
"shark teeth"
in 6 reviews
"field trip"
in 7 reviews
"meet and greet"
in 4 reviews
"all ages"
in 18 reviews
"hour tour"
in 8 reviews
"favorite part"
in 5 reviews
"animal rescue"
in 3 reviews
"small museum"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a great time at IMMS! My daughter participated in the dolphin encounter and had a wonderful time. The staff was friendly, the dolphin and sea lion shows were educational and fun, and the facility was very clean! We will be back.

Thank Kara R
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Really cool place to visit lots of animal shows and great information. Not a ton to see but more then enough with the shows to need a couple hours to visit. Seems geared toward animal encounters, though they come with a hefty price tag for...More

Thank wfarrell1
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a fun visit, and the fact that they help the animals makes it worth while. Getting to power sting rays was fun and I'm doing to swim with the dolphins. Such beautiful creatures at IMMS.

Thank Rachel W
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited on the last day before school started. It made for a fun little getaway. We purchased our 13 year old the $55 package to meet/interact with a dolphin for 10 minutes. It was well worth it. He really enjoyed it and we got...More

Thank nolabass728
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had a great time but y’all really need to become more accessible to wheelchairs before y’all get sued. Just having ramps isn’t enough. All the doors are way too heavy and I couldn’t reach to pet any of the animals that were meant to be...More

Thank Kaity G
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We really enjoyed this place!! We signed up for the dolphin "dip" interaction, and we were not disappointed!! You could tell that all the animal trainers genuinely cared about the animals in the park!! Very educational!! I would go again!!

Thank Mary L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this place. We lived in the area from 2010-2015 and were frequent fliers and it is even more wonderful in 2018. My niece and a family friend both decided they wanted to work with marine life after our recent visit and my spoiled...More

Thank Lillie E
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I cannot gush enough about the altogether entertaining and educational trip we had. This was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life. All of this is very worth the price of admission, and it all comes without any guilt on your...More

Thank BrokeCollegeKid
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 8 year old daughter loved it - we did the extra dolphin encounter and that’s all she has talked about since. The facility does some really great things rehabilitating and educating. Everything is well laid out and organized. We will go back next summer!!!

Thank Leslie R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter absolutely lives being in the water with dolphins Bo and Apollo. The rest of the Park was nice too, big nothing compared with hugging a dolphin. 😁

Thank dearamey
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disfam15
July 27, 2018|
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Response from gndwoods | Reviewed this property |
It's brand new now and it's not a lot of walking, everything is covered and close and there's a train down to the other touch pool and shark tooth excavating.
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Denise B
July 18, 2018|
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Response from Rob S | Reviewed this property |
At least a half day, more if you do any of the interactive activities
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coconut1989
June 26, 2018|
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Response from Arlina S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, this facility is handicap accessible.
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