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South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center

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Address: 110 N Garcia, South Padre Island, TX 78578
Phone Number: +1 956-299-1957
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This nature center is a voice for dolphins wild and free, we do not keep...

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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Captain Brandon was awesome

This is our 2nd trip to see the Dolphins with the Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. We all enjoyed the trip immensely with Captain Brandon. We saw so many dolphins, we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is our 2nd trip to see the Dolphins with the Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. We all enjoyed the trip immensely with Captain Brandon. We saw so many dolphins, we stopped counting. Our 5 year old son loved the dog who joined us as well. Captain Brandon did an excellent job of talking with us about the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a veteran of many whale and dolphin watches, I can attest that this was THE BEST dolphin watching trip I've ever done. The boat is small - you are not crammed in with a lot of other people, but sitting on cushioned seat in a comfortable small boat. Scarlet knows Laguna Madre like the back of her hand, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My daughter (6) and I went on a trip with Scarlett yesterday to meet her tribe of dolphins. We saw up to 20 dolphins; mothers, babies and fathers and sons. It was one of the coolest experiences in my life! They came up to the boat and swam around us, played, and even jumped as we were leaving. I can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A great opportunity to see the dolphins up close. The captain was informative and knew how to find the dolphins. I will go again! Just our little group... nice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had heard many good things about this tour so we finally decided to do it. Captain George took our group of six out along with his dog. The dog was just as excited about seeing the dolphins as we were because he would bark and get excited when he saw them. George was very friendly and informative. We were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic trip. Just got off the boat with Scarlet the dolphin whisperer. You don't get any closer to the Dolphins. The boat is low ( like a flat bed ) with thick comforts white leather cushions...the Dolphins swims right up next to the boat where you can almost reach and touch them.....we had so much actions and camera moments from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! Wow! Wow! What an amazing adventure! I cannot say enough wonderful things about this experience. It was so good that I had to experience it twice. First, the company supports the dolphins and other wildlife in south padre. When you visit the sea life center you will see some of the animals. Captain George and Captain Scarlet are extremely... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately the weather was bad so we didn't ask to go out and see the bay dolphins. But the young man talked to us about all the sea life they have inside. He was very informative. We even talked about fish they DIDN'T have. It was so worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is by far the best dolphin tour you will ever experience!! Scarlett, George and the dolphin dogs live, love, love these dolphins and it shows!! You will learn so much and get so much more for your $$ than going g on the big boats!! We will never go with anyone else! Truly love these folks and their fur... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Had a great time and learned a lot about local dolphins and there activities. Had a great time and everyone on board was encouraged to participate.

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