South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, South Padre Island

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With the goal of educating the public about the bottlenose dolphins off the Gulf, South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center organizes boat trips for people to meet dolphins in the wild. Boat trips for groups of up to six people per boat, where you have an option of a fully private tour, provide an intimate way to watch marine life. There are no age restrictions, and dogs are allowed on the boats. On land, the sea life center allows you to observe marine animals in aquariums and interact with them in touch tanks. It showcases numerous sea creatures like fish, starfish, snails, and octopus. Work out when and for how long to visit South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center and other South Padre Island attractions using our handy South Padre Island trip generator.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The day was beautiful, we saw plenty of dolphins that came right up to the boat. I got some great pictures! Captain George was a lot of fun and very informative. Gorgi the dog was a great dolphin spot...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Thank you Scarlet for fitting us in on short notice! We loved the small group setting for this tour & enjoyed the pontoon boat experience. Plenty of sightings & we were able to get some great photos a...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We have been 3 or 4 times with Captain Scarlet and George. They are wonderful guides and know the dolphins as individuals. We've also gone on one of the big tours on the giant boats, and there really ...  more »

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Where to stay in South Padre Island

As with most tropical destinations, room rates in South Padre Island increase the closer you get to the beachfront, especially if you arrive at the height of tourist season. If you’ve built in a big budget for accommodations, stay at one of the town's high-rise luxury hotels or private seaside cottages. To stay near the water without spending too much, avoid the expensive spring break season. Consider one of the island's inns or developed campgrounds with easy beach access.
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