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Make your way to Sea Ranch Marina for a 10:30am or 1pm departure time (please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure), and find a comfortable bench seat on board the wildlife watching vessel. You’re welcoming to bring food and drink to enjoy during the trip, or simply sit back and take in the view: this 1.5-hour dolphin cruise passes some of South Padre Island’s most scenic stretches of shoreline.

The crew will cast a wildlife-safe net throughout the trip, bringing up sea life so you can see it up close, and they frequently catch sea horses, starfish, and sea slugs. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins live in groups, so if you spot one in the water, keep your eyes peeled for its “pod”, which usually consists of 10 to 30 members. After 1.5-hour on the water, the dolphin boat will return to shore, where this tour concludes.
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Watch for the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins that thrive along the coast of South Padre Island on a 1.5-hour wildlife boat tour from Sea Ranch Marina. Cruise past the U.S. Coast Guard Station and Boca Chica Beach, with a comfortable seat on a wildlife-watching boat that’s equipped with a wildlife-safe viewing net so you can see South Padre sea life up close.
  • 1.5-hour dolphin cruise and wildlife tour
  • See native wildlife in a natural environment
  • Spot Atlantic bottlenose dolphins
  • Bring your own snacks and drinks
  • Family friendly
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Fun Dolphin Watch

Good activity for families with children at any age. Something fun to do when you get bored of the beach and the pool.

Thank pjmcnulty
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing ride and funny!

This ride was amazing we saw several dolphins and also got to see sea life brought on board for the kids and adults to touch and enjoy. My 6 year old loved it!

Thank Julia C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One word...AMAZING! Tour was great and the explanations were great! Awesome enviroment and great people!

Thank Josh S
Reviewed 7 July 2018
Just a Nice Boat Ride

I was traveling with 7 people in my party, ranging from 57 years to 2 years old. The ride lasts about 2 hours. it is larger group but it was no problem finding seating and shaded areas and we were free to roam around the...More

1  Thank Toresol
Reviewed 16 May 2018
Lots of Fun. Great for the Family.

Took my wife and 3 year old son. We had a blast. The tour was really fun, and the crew was great. I'm not certain why, but my wife and I noticed that, if you purchase your tickets online through groupon (like we did) or...More

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