The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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's Ocean Adventures Marine Park is open to the public year-round, reservations are not required. The Park is open seven days a week from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. All admission and interactive program proceeds go toward our conservation efforts. 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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Love, love, loved it!!
Jun 2021 • Friends
We loved this experience!! I was able to go to Dolphin experience in Orlando and loved this as much!! We got to do so many things. The parakeets were amazing. Birds are beautiful and not afraid. We could not even see everything in three hours. It was just too hot for older folks’
Planning a trip soon to take the grandchildren!!and wear a fan!
Written June 21, 2021
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Michelle R
1 contribution
Great dolphin experience!
Jun 2021 • Family
We had a great time visiting! Many interactive talks throughout the day. My kids participated in the Dolphin Interaction and absolutely loved it!
Written June 18, 2021
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Rhonda G
Stilwell, Oklahoma, United States23 contributions
A great time!
Jun 2021
Our family had a great time and would recommend this to anyone. We were from 4 years to in our fifties and we all had fun!
Written June 4, 2021
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Lindsey C
3 contributions
EXCELLENT ADVENTURE
May 2021 • Family
This is a MUST if you’re in the area!!
I can’t adequately explain how impressed my family and I is with this establishment!!
The staff is extremely knowledgeable and kind, you can tell they love the animals and treat them well.
The price is so doable and especially for the time you’ll spend there.
We, were there for almost 3 hours and loved every bit of it!!
Written May 25, 2021
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crnazz
Fair Play, SC18 contributions
A fun afternoon
Apr 2021 • Couples
I highly recommend a visit to IMMS - it is educational, fun, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable about out marine animals and birds. The sea lion and dolphin shows are very entertaining and such a small venue that you feel like you are right in the middle of the fun!
Written May 1, 2021
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Mickey
Wisconsin4 contributions
DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE!!!
Mar 2021 • Family
We hadn't planned on coming until last minute.... we're so, so lucky we did! We booked a dolphin interaction and stingray encounter.... both were fabulous!!

Everyone was friendly and helpful....we even got to meet Moby, by chance, and he was a hoot!

The dolphin and sea lion shows were a bit hard to hear, perhaps because of the music or because it's sorta "echo-ee" but we were pretty close to the action.

Overall, this attraction was completely worth it. It had been rebuilt after Katrina so the facility is practically brand new and very clean. Of course, it's the people that can make or break your experience and everyone was incredible! Highly recommend!!
Written March 30, 2021
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Robin R
Murfreesboro, TN2 contributions
Must visit Ocean Adventures!!
Mar 2021 • Couples
We had a wonderful time here. Learning about the history of the area, the water and the rescues was great. The history goes back quite a ways but a good portion of this facility is very new due to the loss during hurricane Katrina. Beautiful facility and friendly staff made our trip wonderful. The shows and talks are must a must do while here. We also enjoyed the pools that allowed for you to touch different species and interact. Live experiences make this very special. Our children were not with us but would have loved this visit probably even more than we did.
Written March 21, 2021
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Jay W
Beaver Dam, WI162 contributions
Our kids had a great time!
Jan 2021 • Family
Our kids did the dolphin activity and they had a great time! It was nice that parents were able to stand nearby and take pictures too. The encounter was on the short side, but they got a lot of value. The ray tank was interesting as was the alligator talk. If the birds are too cold they will hide in their roost, but they sure came out later and were hungry! You won't need more than a couple hours here, but you will remember it.
Written March 12, 2021
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Stacey B
Great Falls, MT4 contributions
Don’t miss this!
Feb 2021
What an experience! You can’t miss this. We went in February, but still had a great experience. Marcus checked us in and walked us to the Dolphin Encounter. He was great. There is a large indoor pool with adult Sting Rays in it that anyone, any age can pet with no fee or booking required. Julie you as the employee in there and she was very nice. It was awesome! We did a Dolphin encounter ($75 each) which was so special! We got to pet the top and bottom of the Dolphin and give it a smooch! The Dolphin did tricks for us. It is apparent that the trainers love the dolphins. We watched a Dolphin show and a Sea Lion show. The shows run throughout the day. In the Discovery Center we got to see tons of fish, seahorses, starsfish, and best of all... baby sting rays! Tyler was very knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend taking the time to visit this amazing place!!!
Written February 10, 2021
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Nikki
2 contributions
Best day ever!
Jan 2021 • Couples
What a wonderful experience! You can’t beat this opportunity to meet the friendly dolphins and staff. I will never forget this experience and I’m so thankful for the tour and fun memories at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies. This organization truly cares about the rehabilitation of sea life, and they give a glimpse of this process to the public in such a unique and personal way. Enjoy the show, pet some sting rays, and go home with a smile!
Written January 31, 2021
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