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South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center

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110 N Garcia St, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4500
+1 956-299-1957
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Just the best! Garanteed. Scarlet and her husband run the best tour in that area! I garantee it! perfect!

Went with my wife and 3 skids ages 1 , 4 and 7 was just amazing ! Other tours were in large boats... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Yury K
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Great time with dolphins

It was great. The dolphins were fun and playful. I had never seen one pull a boat. The water was... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lisa G
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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, Port Isabel, TX 78578-4500
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went with my wife and 3 skids ages 1 , 4 and 7 was just amazing ! Other tours were in large boats packed with people and we were on a small private boat and were able to get very close to the wildlife we...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

It was great. The dolphins were fun and playful. I had never seen one pull a boat. The water was gorgeous and our guide was great. I would recommend this dolphin excursion to anyone.

Thank Lisa G
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We have been dolphin watching with Scarlett and George since 2001 before we had kids. This is, by far, the best way to experience dolphins in their natural habitat. Their operation consists of the Sea Life Center with several animals on display and educational exhibits...More

Thank Jeff G
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My family and I love dolphins, especially my 15 year old daughter. The 4 of us were in the boat with George, who had a great time talking about the dolphins, his history on the water, and the ships we saw. We saw so many...More

Thank Terri A
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Capt George was full of information, not just about dolphins, but the island, its history, and other fun local stuff. We had a great time chasing dolphins and being together as a family. I highly recommend this over the big outfitters. Much more personal and...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited the Dolphin Research Center on our last day in South Padre Island. This was the 1st time that we had ever done anything like this and didn't know what to expect. My husband did not join us because he was afraid of getting...More

Thank Annabel Z
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I seldom write reviews but this experience was too magnificent not to share. Scarlet and George were the most perfect tour guides. They know the dolphins and the dolphins clearly know them. We watched as dolphins swam away when the big tour boats came by...More

Thank Niecy B
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Phoned and texted a week before my trip. Guide texted back to text her when we arrived in Port Isabel on the date I indicated, and she would take us out on the boat at that time. Arrived and texted, waited around 30 minutes for...More

Thank MemaMelissa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Scarlet accommodated us the morning of and we had a wonderful experience!!! The 4 of us and our dog had the boat to ourselves! I can’t imagine a better choice for a dolphin cruise. A bit more expensive than a big boat but........I’ll just say...More

Thank Brad C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the best experiences I have ever encountered with dolphins🐬 the lady was amazing super sweet and having my family along was the best my son who is disabled had one of the best time ever he loved it and my 1...More

1  Thank Erica C
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gilmerredneck
22 June 2018|
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Response from Ottergirl0 | Reviewed this property |
No age limit I know of; should be no problem with good parental supervision. The place is low key and all on ground floor, so a stroller would work there. You could always call and ask them.
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madcovilla
21 April 2018|
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Response from MGWILD | Reviewed this property |
For the research & sea life center you can just show up. You will need a reservation for the dolphin tour.
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snowedunder
14 January 2018|
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Response from MGWILD | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest at least contacting them ahead of time. Weather is always something that has to be taken in to account, so not sure about the reservation, but at least make a tentative date.
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