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

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#3 of 40 in Wildlife Areas in Texas Gulf Coast
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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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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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  • Honestly, I'd be happy paying $25 for just a boat ride. But we also met some nice people, saw a lot of playful dolphins (and baby dolphins!) and it was so much nicer than a huge tacky dolphin-watching...  more »
  • Our family of 5 went on a dolphin watch on my birthday. We have been to South Padre the last 3 years and I finally made it on the Dolphin Whisperer watch. We went on one of the big boats the first yea...  more »
  • We were able to see cool animals including dolphins. many were seen on the side of the boat and during the tour they shoe you other animals as well.  more »