Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature CenterCurrently 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 Museum, Aquarium, Educational Site, Family And Kids
Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature Center - Review
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 Information
- 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.
Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature Center Ticket Prices
- 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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Things to Know Before Visiting Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature Center
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
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Dolphin Research And Sea Life Nature Center, South Padre Island Reviews
Such an amazing experience. Very knowledgeable, friendly and sociable boat crew ( in a good way). Isaiah was sociable and definitely would've tipped if I could. You can bring snacks and drinks! I figured with such a large crowd that the boat would be packed and wouldn't find seating but it turned out the opposite/ so the boat was comfortably roomy. I've been dolphin watching in Florida and so I def would rate this 5 stars! Thank you guys for helping making this family adventure worth it!
Dolphin tour was awesome. It was a bit humid. Went in the evening, so was able to enjoy the dolphin show as well as the sunset in Gulf of Mexico. Be alert to watch the dolphins. Sometimes, you'll be able to see 4-5 dolphins in a line. It was a nice trip. Recommended
Wow! This is so affordable everyone should do it! They dragged a net behind the boat. They picked up crabs, fish, puffer fish, starfish, a sting ray, and the kids got to touch everything. They narrated the the tour with interesting facts about the area. They even let the kids drive the boat if they wanted to! There were so many dolphins to see!!! They followed our boat. Even when we were pulling back in the harbor, they stopped to let us see the dolphins again. It was wonderful!!
Are there any bargains left out there? You bet! A three hour tour for $25! The fireworks show was awesome and the crew was pure perfection. They were more than helpful and very kind. Although this was advertised as a Sunset/fireworks show, the crew provided dolphins ( a ton of them) as well as an eco-tour (sea life interaction). The parking spot for the fireworks was super close. Well done gentleman, well earned praise.
The original dolphin watch is an incredible experience for the whole family. Their attentive staff is on top of everything, and the captain will make every effort to ensure you will not be disappointed. I enjoy the presentation and the demonstration and display of the different sea creatures in South padre island. This tour is very affordable and worth every penny. I highly recommend, dont leave South Padre without experiencing this tour. I really enjoy it and I know you will.