Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature Center431 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 110 N. Garcia St. (Not Accurate for GPS or Navigation) Port Isabel, South Padre Island, Texas, 78578, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-9562991957
- Ticket Price: 3 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Science Museums, Aquarium, Educational Site, Family And Kids
Located at Port Isabel, at the base of the bridge heading to South Padre Island, the Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center is a non-profit that is out there with a mission to educate the public about the bottleneck dolphins native to the Gulf of Mexico and South Padre Island in addition to promoting public support for aquatic animals and birds in the area. They offer visitors an opportunity to have an up-close look at various locally indigenous sea creatures, as well as daily educational nature presentations. Various aquariums showcase live fish, octopus along with a host of other exciting creatures. Also, there are children friendly touch tanks showcasing local species like star fish and hermit crabs and many more where one can hand-feed the starifsh.
The dolphins here are not kept in captivity, they are let out wild and free. There are daily boat tours that take you out to meet them. The center has Dolphin whisperers who, along with dogs, call out to the dolphins for visitors to interact with them.
Many people regard the Dolphin Research and Sea Life Nature Center as the highlight of their trip to South Padre Island (children love it more).
Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature Center Travel Tips
- Insufficient parking may result in lengthy walks during peak times.
- They have only two boats for the dolphin tours, so it is advisable to call before 8am on the day of your visit. There are 8 trips of the dolphin tour everyday.
- They’d love it if you bring your dog along.
- Sumer period is the busiest as South Padre Island is a popular destination among students for spring break holidays.
Entrance Ticket Details For Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature Center
- The center is open daily.
- One can feel free to donate to the center.
- For the indoor fun and educational programmes, visitors have to purchase a ticket for $3/person.
- For the Dolphin tour boat ride, the charges are $25/person.
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95% of people who visit South Padre Island include Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature Center in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
91.08% of people start their Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature Center visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature Center
91.55% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature Center
Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature Center Reviews & Ratings
The Captain and crew member did not disappoint! It was even better this time. Not crowded and the crew member went around offering to take pictures! A smooth ride. We saw many dolphins. Fish taken around so all could see. A great reasonably priced outing.
Great guide. The Sunset time has always been my favorite time during summer times. Not only do they provide some dolphins sighting but they also brought on board sea creatures for passenger to see.They caught a Sea slug, starfish and what seem like a small sting Ray when we went. Guides are so nice to take pictures too. Very peaceful and fun experience. No complains😁 you're able to bring food or drinks. Is not a long ride so I don't think it's necessary plus you'll be too busy trying to catch some great pictures.
We went on the late afternoon cruise. All the boat crew were super nice, they brought around some crabs and a starfish for us to see and touch. We saw a total of 6 dolphins on our tour. In addition to the sealife our captain gave us information about different places we passed. The cruise left and returned on the scheduled time. If visiting the area this a great activity.
Exciting boat ride with a good amount of people. Friendly staff and many dolphins, pelicans, fish, and seagulls were in the area. We had a great time and it's definitely worth your time to sea the ocean and animals.
Loved it! We took the sunset dolphin watch cruise and it was perfect! You can take an ice chest with drinks and snacks just no glass allowed. Friendly staff, inexpensive cruise, and you are under the shade with the wind blowing. Perfect!