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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
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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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Scarlett is a dolphin whisper!!!!!

Okay first and foremost I would like to say that I don't usually write reviews on how well products or services are. In this situation I am going to make an exception because of... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Okay first and foremost I would like to say that I don't usually write reviews on how well products or services are. In this situation I am going to make an exception because of the outstanding service we received. There are several dolphin tour places in South Padre Island but this one is by far the best. Our tour guide... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went out on the boat a saw dolphins up close. I was nice because it was a personal tour. Not rushed at all. Captain was very nice, and knowledgeable about the dolphins. Good with our small kids. There was even a cute and super friendly dog as the co-captain. We would do it again.

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Thank Ulisa G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What an awesome pontoon ride with Captain Scarlet and her two dogs-the dolphin whisperer took us to see so many playful dolphins! Don't miss it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been to South Padre Island/Port Isabel the past two years, our most recent trip last week. We went out again with George and had another amazing experience. How he and Scarlet and their dogs know and bond with the dolphins is simply amazing. This trip will continue to be the highlight of our trip each year we visit.

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Thank Roberta W
Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was the second time we have gone out with Scarlett and her dogs, and this time was just as amazing as the first time! We did not have to go very far before three juvenile dolphins were playing all around us, jumping out of the water, rolling each other, and just showing off for us! There were other dolphins... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was the highlight of our trip!!! Captain Scarlett and her dolphin spotting dogs, Rizzo and Sugie, were such a pleasure. I was not only fascinated with the connection Scarlett has with the dolphin tribe, but also her knowledge and passion of the ecosystem there. It was so amazing to see the dolphins respond to her and in turn we... More 

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Findlay, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our second tour with Captain George and Corgi (the Dolphin alarm dog). Our first tour was four years ago. This year we wanted to go on a dolphin watch excursion...well there was no other choice for us. We saw dolphins within 5 minutes of leaving the dock. During our 1-1/2 hour event, we saw at least a dozen... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The smaller pontoon gave everyone a chance to see everything, and boy did we get our money's worth and then some!

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Thank Donna R
South Padre Island, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we had dolphin around us all the time !! Captains comments re the dolphins were great and the dog was delightful ..he helped us look in the right spot to view the dolphins

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was my wife's 1st time to the island so I wanted to do something to make it a special and memorable experience. This ranked highly on TripAdvisor and I must say is well deserved of its top ranking. Scarlett was awesome, from her knowledge as we toured the canals in search of the dolphins to her infectious enthusiasm once... More 

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