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South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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New Sites, New Friends

Recommended by the locals, Scarlett put me in touch with Captain Gary who washed ashore promptly... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hope H
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We had a perfect day with Scarlet Colley. Sunny very little wind and semi clear water. First we saw... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2018
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This nature center is a voice for dolphins wild and free, we do not keep them in captivity. Hours for December: Open Daily 10 to 3pm We do have DAILY BOAT tours to take you out to meet our amazing DOLPHINS Our facility has touch tanks and marine...more
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110 N Garcia St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4500
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended by the locals, Scarlett put me in touch with Captain Gary who washed ashore promptly with a wave and a smile. The pontoon seated six comfortably, as well as two dogs. Gary was knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about the bay. Unlike the day before,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

We had a perfect day with Scarlet Colley. Sunny very little wind and semi clear water. First we saw a pelican with a broken wing and she tried to rescue it. She's an avid wildlife rescuer and knows so much about birds and wildlife. Then...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We sailed with Captain Gary yesterday. Thoroughly enjoyed it and saw quite a few dolphins! This boat only takes 6. Would thoroughly recommend for an up close and personal dolphin trip!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank wendhs
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely time with my girlfriend watching dolphins on the boat. They also showed us some sea turtles which was really neat! The husband did the tour and he was really great and had a lot of interesting information. I was asking a lot...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Brad S
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Went with my wife and 3 skids ages 1 , 4 and 7 was just amazing ! Other tours were in large boats packed with people and we were on a small private boat and were able to get very close to the wildlife we...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Yury K
Reviewed August 17, 2018

It was great. The dolphins were fun and playful. I had never seen one pull a boat. The water was gorgeous and our guide was great. I would recommend this dolphin excursion to anyone.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Lisa G
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

We have been dolphin watching with Scarlett and George since 2001 before we had kids. This is, by far, the best way to experience dolphins in their natural habitat. Their operation consists of the Sea Life Center with several animals on display and educational exhibits...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jeff G
Reviewed August 16, 2018

My family and I love dolphins, especially my 15 year old daughter. The 4 of us were in the boat with George, who had a great time talking about the dolphins, his history on the water, and the ships we saw. We saw so many...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Terri A
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

Capt George was full of information, not just about dolphins, but the island, its history, and other fun local stuff. We had a great time chasing dolphins and being together as a family. I highly recommend this over the big outfitters. Much more personal and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 141christip
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

We visited the Dolphin Research Center on our last day in South Padre Island. This was the 1st time that we had ever done anything like this and didn't know what to expect. My husband did not join us because he was afraid of getting...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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November 7, 2018|
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Response from spisealife | Property representative |
you can do either. charter the whole boat or join another group of 2 to 4, never more than six total.
June 21, 2018|
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Response from Ottergirl0 | Reviewed this property |
No age limit I know of; should be no problem with good parental supervision. The place is low key and all on ground floor, so a stroller would work there. You could always call and ask them.
April 21, 2018|
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.