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South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center

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Address: 110 N Garcia St, South Padre Island, TX 78578-4500
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+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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On a recent trip to SPI, this stop was on our list. As 2 biologists with 2 young kids, we have to hit up all the nature centers on our trips. The kids had the chance to feed the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sara W
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On a recent trip to SPI, this stop was on our list. As 2 biologists with 2 young kids, we have to hit up all the nature centers on our trips. The kids had the chance to feed the puffer fish, which they thought was incredibly cool, and our youngest loved the touch tank. But we really enjoyed visiting with... More 

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1 Thank Sara W
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the boat ride our guides were fantastic! Kept us all entertained and was even able to see the dolphins.

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife, 17 yr old son and his girlfriend, 13 yr old son and 26 month old son went out on the Dolphin Whisper last week. They enjoyed it very much, we have done other dolphin tours so when the boat only held 6 I stayed back with our 16 month old son... guess I made a mistake because each... More 

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1 Thank Pam R
New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's easy to see why this fantastic tour is so popular with visitors. We had a truly amazing dolphin watching trip with Captain George, the delightful husband of the famous Dolphin Whisperer Scarlet Colley. Captain George and his dolphin dog Gorgy met us with warm smiles and laughter. George helped my disabled sister and the rest of our group of... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This couple is fantastic! We had George as our guide. The dolphins were quite cooperative this day. We got up close and personal with the dolphins! George is very friendly and personable, even if the dolphins are not cooperating, the boat ride is amazing!!! It was a fantastic price for an hour and a half boat ride. Definitely recommend.

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Hays, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

She is very knowable about Sea life they take out small groups lots of one to one time . Bring your dog or she will bring hers the Dolphins love the dogs! Kids will enjoy the see life she has on hand ..she has been studying sea life for 20 years and is very knowable

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1 Thank Mj D
Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

George took us out about mid-day. It was a beautiful sunny day and we saw about 40 dolphins in total, including 3 baby dolphins. For us there were continuous sightings of dolphins for the entire trip. The dolphins came within a few feet of the boat and appeared to play with us and enjoy our company. It was very exhilarating... More 

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South Padre Island, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place. small with a hands on tank that the kids will enjoy but the best is the dolphin watch. there are many on the Island but not with Scarlett (locally known as the dolphin whispers) knowledge. she has studied our dolphin tribes for over 20 years and knows them all personally and they love her. you are... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were out for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours and saw the dolphins in their natural habitat. We saw so many it was amazing. Several jumped in front of us but one jumped right in front of our boat landing about ten feet from us. We saw several babies with their mothers too. George was very informative and was... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I personally did not find this activity that great. We didn't see any dolphins very close and never their eyes. I guess I was expecting more, like the dolphins lingering around the boat to check us out? Instead it was just a sighting here and there. The dolphins could care less that we were there. These are... More 

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