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South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center

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110 N Garcia St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4500
+1 956-299-1957
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Fun family mini vacation

While we were at the sea life center, I contacted Scarlett via text about hopefully getting on a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HolliBernal1
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San Antonio, Texas
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Dolphin watch

We took our kids ages 5 and 6 and had the best time! It was great to be on a smaller boat, and we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nicole S
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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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110 N Garcia St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4500
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+1 956-299-1957
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"their natural habitat"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While we were at the sea life center, I contacted Scarlett via text about hopefully getting on a boat to check out dolphins. She replied immediately and we set itup for the same day (yay!) we were in the boat, the gentleman was our guide,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our kids ages 5 and 6 and had the best time! It was great to be on a smaller boat, and we definitely saw a lot of dolphins! The kids really had a blast, and the adults did too! Captain Gary was very...More

1  Thank Nicole S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the dolphin tour with Captain Gary and his little dog Gorky. It was wonderful being in a small group in a smaller boat. We were able to see quite a few dolphins, closer up than the larger boats can provide. Having done...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My dad husband and I took our two kids, ages 3 and 5, on the personal Dolphin Tour with Captain Gary! He is extremely knowledgeable and kept our kids attention by seeking the various Dolphin pods. At one point we came across a Pod and...More

Thank Traci T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My 10 year old Granddaughter and I were on a girl trip to South Padre and she mentioned 'wish we could see some dolphins! ' seeing the other positive reviews made me wonder if we could get a reservation same day and since it was...More

Thank Susan S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic time on our tour with Captain Gary! He was very informative and we saw several dolphins up close! We have been on several of the larger dolphin cruises but this one was the best one we’ve done so far. We will...More

Thank Amy D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the dolphin tour associated with the center and had an amazing trip. Scarlet, the Dolphin lady was out of the country when we went but we went out with Captain Gary and had an amazing time. There were loads of dolphins to see...More

Thank Deb F
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

On our first day, visited the sea life museum. Our son got to see the tortoise. We also saw several types of fish, iguanas. It is a small place for a small fee. Took about 30 minutes to walk through everything.

3  Thank Maxim D
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Reviewed April 12, 2018

My daughter and I were able to go on a dolphin tour yesterday and it was an absolutely amazing time on the water. It was a gorgeous morning to be out on the water. Being able to see the dolphins up close was thrilling and...More

4  Thank Elizabeth V
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Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our 9:00 tour and appreciate the comfortable boat and pleasant guide Gary and of course the dolphin dog, Gordi. The tour was well worth the price and we left satisfied with the dolphin viewing. We highly recommend.

1  Thank Cynthia N
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gilmerredneck
June 21, 2018|
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Response from Susan S | Reviewed this property |
Make sure you have life jacket , they provide but not sure if they have really small ones. They have shade in back of boat where Captain sits and drives. The railing had wide gaps so make sure you are right there when your... More
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madcovilla
April 21, 2018|
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Response from MGWILD | Reviewed this property |
For the research & sea life center you can just show up. You will need a reservation for the dolphin tour.
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snowedunder
January 14, 2018|
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Response from MGWILD | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest at least contacting them ahead of time. Weather is always something that has to be taken in to account, so not sure about the reservation, but at least make a tentative date.
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