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“Better than I expected” 4 of 5 stars
Review of South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
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Owner description: 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
Bismarck
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135 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Better than I expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

When we first walked into this place, I didn't expect much, but it has lots of great stuff. You can pick up live starfish and crabs, and they have lots of other cool sea creatures to see.

Visited February 2013
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Quebec City, Canada
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10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“To observe dolphin in the best way!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We were with Georges on his boat to do dolphin observation.We were 6 on boards, everything was really comfortable. While it was a windy day and my wife is prone to sea sickness disease, the whole trip was easy and smooth and she never get any problem. This was amazing and we have seen a lot of dolphin playing together. They were recognizing the boat and reacting to George dog barking. That was a really good experience and respectful of nature. Anybody should do it if they go to Port Isabella or South Padre Island.

Visited February 2013
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McAllen, TX
1 review
“VERY EDUCATIONAL”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We took our 3rd Grade classes and the whole experience was fantastic. Michelle did an excellent job educating our students on sea life in the laguna madre. She also explained how important it was to have them learn how to help these animals and keep our environment safe for the sea life. Our students enjoyed holding some sea life and getting to see some that they may have never had the opportunity to see before. Perfect place to take any chid or adult to learn more about the sea life in the SPI area.

Visited February 2013
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Sweet Home, Oregon
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40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Highlight of our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

When we scheduled a trip out to see the dolphins, Scarlet was not available to go. We had a very kind knowledgeable gentleman (and his dog Tawni) that took us out instead. That was an experience of a lifetime! We learned so much, and got to be up close & personal with watching the dolphins. Tawni was hilarious when she was talking with the dolphins- pretty cool. We went with another couple & it was well worth the money! We WILL do this again when returning to the area. Thank you for a wonderful memorable experience!!!

Visited April 2012
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Dolphin watch with the dolphin whisperer the only way to go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Thank you to Scarlet for her refreshing tour to visit her "tribe"of dolphins in the Laguna madre. We boarded her small boat, only seats six including Rozzi the dolphin dog, and she brought us out into the water to meet her family of dolphins. After she convinced us that the dolphins really do love it when you hoot, holler, bark and get excited, the tribe revealed itself to us! We saw at least 30 dolphins who played in our wake, swam up to the boat, even a few leaps. As an animal lover and amateur naturalist I truly believe that Scarlett's tour is the only sustainable, safe, respectful way to view the wildlife of south padre. The most obvious sign of Scarlet's hard work, respect and energy was that when the large "dolphin watch" boats from port Isabel came by the dolphins literally disppeared. In her own words, how can you be a dolphin watch specialist if you don't even know the dolphins names, habitat and locations. Let alone love and respect them. Thank you thank you thank you scarlet for your hard work and unforgettable day

Visited February 2013
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