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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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Great, laid back dolphin tour!

When we planned this trip, we decided on South Padre for the clean beaches and the Dolphins. Our... read more

Reviewed June 30, 2016
Katie E
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great experience!!!! must go!!!

This was our first family trip to the beach. First thing to do on our list was do go on the dolphin... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2016
Jennifer B
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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 June 30, 2016 via mobile

When we planned this trip, we decided on South Padre for the clean beaches and the Dolphins. Our son has never seen a beach or been on a dolphin tour. We were really hoping for a small group, and a personalized tour with lots of...More

Thank Katie E
Reviewed June 27, 2016

This was our first family trip to the beach. First thing to do on our list was do go on the dolphin tour. It was hard for us to schedule a time since we were traveling in from out of town...we picked a time but...More

2  Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed June 26, 2016

We had a wonderful time on this tour. Starting off in the Research center was great. We got to feed a turtle :-) The boat tour was AMAZING! We saw lots of dolphins and it was just super fun to be out on the water...More

1  Thank indigosun4
Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

Relaxed, beautiful, and exciting to see the dolphins! The sunset made it a perfect way to end the day.

Thank Marcii E
Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

For a very reasonable price you get so much more than a boat ride. Captain George, and his first mate Gorgie, know exactly where to go, so it won't be long before you spot your first dolphin! You will depart with wonderful memories, great pictures...More

1  Thank AdventureIsCollin
Reviewed June 22, 2016

The pontoon boat only holds 6 and everyone gets a prime view of the dolphins. It was great seeing them jump in the wakes. The boat driver (George)'s dog comes along and you can bring yours. Make sure you bring your sunscreen!

Thank honolulugirl62
Reviewed June 20, 2016

Nature’s Aquatic Nursery While on vacation in South Padre Island, TX, booked a personalized morning dolphin watch trip with family and friends, a total of 5 nature lovers with high expectations. Captain Scarlet welcomed us on aboard and introduced us to her crew of 2...More

1  Thank watercolorsnsts
Reviewed June 20, 2016

Simply THE BEST! The super nice tour guide! took us on what was a pretty much a private outing, Just the five of us for a special visit with dolphins that on that particular morning were not just feeding but also teaching their babies to...More

2  Thank deardrb
Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Wow it was amazing! I love that it's only six people per boat so it's private time with your family. Our tour guide was amazing definitely worth the price i have been to plenty of dolphin tours in Texas and Florida and this is the...More

1  Thank Isabel S
Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

When you need a break from the hot sun on the beach this is a good place to go. It's a small facility with sea life in tanks and a really old tortoise that roams free lol. My kids were able to feed him or...More

Thank Christina W
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We will be arriving to SPI August 5 2017, a family of 7, my question is... If we decide to go on a tour, do we get to swim with dolphins or is it just an educational tour?
June 6, 2017|
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Response from spisealife | Property representative |
swimming is not allowed with wild dolphins
Ashley S
how much is the research center?
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.
Mike R
ticket prices and duration of dolphin watch
March 6, 2017|
Response from spisealife | Property representative |
i have six spots on my boat , each spot is 25.00