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South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center

#2 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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Cannot miss if you are visiting South Padre!!

Captain Scarlet was the most friendly and hospitable guide I have ever had! We had called her... read more

Reviewed today
Highland Village, Texas
We had the best time!

The day was beautiful, we saw plenty of dolphins that came right up to the boat. I got some great... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tomball, Texas
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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 today

Captain Scarlet was the most friendly and hospitable guide I have ever had! We had called her earlier the same day to see if she had any availability, and she fit my family of 5 on our own tour! Immediately, you could tell her passion...More

Thank sgulick23
Reviewed 3 days ago

The day was beautiful, we saw plenty of dolphins that came right up to the boat. I got some great pictures! Captain George was a lot of fun and very informative. Gorgi the dog was a great dolphin spotter! If you want to see dolphins...More

Thank CynB007
Reviewed 3 days ago

Thank you Scarlet for fitting us in on short notice! We loved the small group setting for this tour & enjoyed the pontoon boat experience. Plenty of sightings & we were able to get some great photos and close up go pro footage of the...More

Thank CazLC
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have been 3 or 4 times with Captain Scarlet and George. They are wonderful guides and know the dolphins as individuals. We've also gone on one of the big tours on the giant boats, and there really is no comparison. Captain Scarlet's boat is...More

Thank yellowhelicoptor
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The best experience on our visit to South Padre. My girls and I appreciate the attention of our guide Scarlet. She was so attentive to us. The ride lasted an hour and a half. It was beautiful! We saw more than 7 dolphins so close...More

Thank Yatzyri
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our family of 4 went on the Sea Life Center Dolphin Tour 8/6/17, excellent tour, captain was very knowledgeable, took us to area dolphins were hanging out, first dolphin made a straight line towards the boat and then slapped its tail to greet us. We...More

Thank billmac56
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a fabulous time with Captain Scarlett and her 2 dolphin whisperer pups! We got to see so many dolphins, and so close to the boat! Being that we were on a private pontoon boat tour (just our family of 5 on board), she...More

Thank Lindsey W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Where to begin....Scarlet, George & their dolphin dogs are in a league of their own! We make sure to schedule a trip every summer. We are never disappointed.....this is an experience to be treasured! Scarlet is most definately the Dolphin Whisperer not to mention an...More

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a MUST do if you are in South Padre. My husband and I took our 8 and 9 year old sons. My dad also came along. We went on the 9am tour. We saw many dolphins and they came right up to the...More

Thank Lauren D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Scarlet and her husband have been leading these tours for decades. They each take a boat that seats only 6 people. So if you want to get "up close and personal" with the animals and learn about them in a small group setting, avoid the...More

Thank Christopher D
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MaryLou L
29 July 2017|
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Response from mommaburk | Reviewed this property |
We went around 10. Seemed very active in the morning. Not sure in the afternoon when the heat is high
28 June 2017|
Response from cocobandit | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is better to call her before hand, it is most like a private party
7 June 2017|
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Response from spisealife | Property representative |
swimming is not allowed with wild dolphins