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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
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Don't blink or you'll miss this on the last cornew before the Queen Isabella bridge. The same sweet little girl was on duty the day we went. Exhibits are not fancy but informative and make up in heart what they lack in flash. Next time we are down there, we want to take their dolphin cruise, which sounds like the experience we really want to have.

Thank Randolph R
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

This place is great to take the kids for some hands on interaction with sea life. I have been to many different sea life locations for my kids and nothing beats this place for the price. They only accept donations since the staff runs this place becasue they love what they do they are not in it to get rich. The donations are used to keep the tanks running and feed the sea life they have on display. The second part of the adventure is the dolphin tours they provide. I have taken my family on several dolphin watches around the gulf area of Texas. The boats are always two story with room for tons of people. The captain is talking over a PA and this is a real dolphin watch becasue you can watch the dolphins but only from a distance. The diesel engines that power these boats scare the dolphins. At this place the boats only take 6 people at a time and is a real dolphin tour. The tour takes you out into bay for the most impressive display of dolphins I have even seen. It was great becasue it was only my family on the boat and they actually got to see dolphins so close that they were within touching distance. The boat is not loud so it does not scare the dolphins away and they will actually play right off the bow of the boat. My family had a blast as it was the best dolphin trip we have taken to date.

4  Thank Kurk180
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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Cute place for kids. Shows lots of animals and interesting species. Sweet little girl on the front who helps out the customers. Go to learn more about the species around SPI.

Thank MarelysG
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

At first we thought it was a little corney (small, pictures drawn by kids) but it was OUTSTANDING! There were several displays with live turtles, sea horses, star fish, sting rays, etc. A great video shown about the dolphin rescue too. Wonderful morning, especially when it is cloudy and rainy!

1  Thank Brenda H
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

This was some of the most fun we've had on vacation in a long time! The boat was small, so we could get right up close to the dolphins and Scarlett was so much fun, she really got us and the dolphins excited! Seeing this tribe of dolphins up close was really fun, and much more personal than on a large dolphin watching boat. I would definitely recommend this dolphin watch over big boat ones! The captain was very knowledgeable and funny and her dolphin dog, Rozzi, was absolutely adorable! I would definitely do it again!

1  Thank Emily H
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