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South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center

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Address: 110 N Garcia St, South Padre Island, TX 78578-4500
Phone Number: +1 956-299-1957
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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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Great, intimate experience!

I found out about this dolphin tour because I had looked some different companies up before my Padre trip, trying to figure out which one to go with. I ended up choosing this one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Hayley M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I found out about this dolphin tour because I had looked some different companies up before my Padre trip, trying to figure out which one to go with. I ended up choosing this one because it got the best rating on Trip Advisor out of most of the tours I looked at, and I can see why! I also chose... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a blast watching the dolphins swimming around and learning about them and how they live in the bay

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Last minute booking and i went by reviews scarlett colley is the real deal andhas the best reviews. she litterally has a connection with the dolphins and if u dont believe me look her up on youtube or facebook. the dolphins will b about 5-10 feet from u for a majority of the trip its as if they know her... More 

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New Braunfels, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I went on this Dolphin tour not knowing what to expect. I called at the last minute and so glad I did. It was only the 4 of us so it seemed like it was our own private tour. We saw so many dolphins and close up and Captain George was so great and told us amusing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a wonderful daulphin watching tour. Perfect for our family of 4, we we the only ones on the boat and the boys, 6 and 13 years old loved it! The experience was very touching.

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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on a boat with just our family of four, which means the excursion was completely customized for us! We saw, up close, too many dolphins to count and learned about them and marine life in general in the area. It was truly the highlight of our visit to South Padre Island! The trip was an amazing value and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Scarlet Colley was the best guide for dolphin tours we have ever been on. She seems to have the touch and the sense of communicating with these beautiful creatures. Enjoyed and would recommend to all ages.

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The most friendly & very educational visit. Seth is awesome at what he does. Dominos is almost a 40lb creation from above that is amazing & our dolphin tour with George & Rozzi (the dog) was of most personal and felt like we've know these guys all our lives... 2 thumbs up..!!!

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South Padre Island, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Could not have asked for a more personalized tour of the dolphins. Scarlett really does have that magic touch. Not to mention the knowledge of marine life she gave us was invaluable. Can't wait to go back, much more personalized than the massive sized boats. We were really able to see the dolphins up close and personal. Amazing day!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This one was one of my favorite place while in South padre island, at first wasn't unsure if I was going to like it and I was wrong , the staff had us laughing all the time while our stay in the boat , they explain every detail of the trip definitely would recommend to anyone

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