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South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center

#1 of 46 things to do in South Padre Island Features Animals
110 N Garcia St, South Padre Island, TX 78578-4500
+1 956-299-1957
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Amazing Family Activity

We took a family vacation to Padre and my niece had a dream of seeing dolphins up close. Scarlet... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Austin, TX
Believe in Dolphins & Ask Them to Come

My husband & I , our daughter, and two granddaughters age 11 & 13 were on vacation and went to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Patricia C
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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, South Padre Island, TX 78578-4500
+1 956-299-1957
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We took a family vacation to Padre and my niece had a dream of seeing dolphins up close. Scarlet made this possible with her excellent knowledge of the dolphins and located them immediately. We cruised with the dolphins, talked to them, and even got some...More

Thank texhansel
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband & I , our daughter, and two granddaughters age 11 & 13 were on vacation and went to South Padre Island. We had read about the Nature Center and the Dolphin Tour by Captain Scarlet on the pontoon boat that carried 6 plus...More

1  Thank Patricia C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wow! Scarlett is truly the "dolphin whisperer". We had a fantastic trip. Her dog Shugie came along to point out the dolphins. We were fortunate enough to see a dolphin lead a bird to a fish and the bird took it. We also saw the...More

1  Thank 25MarsC
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My friends and I came here this morning & we got lost on our way, thankfully Scarlet waited for us & was able to help us get there. She knows where the dolphins hang out and has a great attitude. She also has two dogs,...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The dolphin tour was amazing, unlike other ones in the area the ship will only hold six people so it's a closer and more intimate experience with the dolphins. Scarlett was amazing! We were nearly 20 minutes late because of difficulties finding the area and...More

Thank Bronwync32
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a fun little location we found for the kids. They were able to see the local Aquatic Life Touch some of them get their questions answered and the staff was very attentive and knowledgeable

Thank Joe E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hospitality was great. Thank you to the Capitan and his crew awesome attitudes. Thank you beautiful creatures for showing off your bueaty.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with Scarlett this time and have been with George, (who was just as fun and adventurous and had a lot of great stories)before and each time was amazing. We saw a lot of Dolphins which was the highlight. Got to see a boat...More

Thank 5beavers
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Who doesn't love a private dolphin tour! We have been to South Padre Island several times and been on several different tours! This was our first private tour and we got to see things that we had never seen before. Captain Scarlet took our family...More

Thank luvlu333
Reviewed 1 week ago

I brought my wife and 4 kids on a dolphin watching tour. We were treated to probably 6-8 different dolphins traveling in groups, including a mother and calf, all very close to the boat. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and the co-captains (two...More

1  Thank Tristan T
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June 28, 2017|
Response from cocobandit | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is better to call her before hand, it is most like a private party
June 6, 2017|
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Response from spisealife | Property representative |
swimming is not allowed with wild dolphins
Ashley S
April 2, 2017|
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Response from MGWILD | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is $3 to go in to the research center. The dolphin tour is different than the sea life center.