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The Original Dolphin Watch

33256 State Park Road 100
South Padre Island, TX 78597
Phone Number
(956) 761-4243
The Original Dolphin Watch - (956) 761-4243

The Original Dolphin Watch has been providing Winter Texans with dolphin watch tours for thirty years. Our staff is friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable in South Texas wildlife. We have three exciting tours to offer you this year as well as customized group trips.

Dolphin Watch Eco Tour:

The Dolphin Watch and Ecology Tour combination begins with the crew of the Double Sunshine dragging a net along the floor of the Laguna Madre and bringing up live specimens of marine life. The sea life is then put into our living salt water laboratory where a Crew Member gives a presentation on what has been brought up in the net before the specimens are returned to the water. After the Eco Tour presentation the Double Sunshine continues the excursion following the dolphin pods along the Devil’s Elbow. A must do trip on South Padre Island!!

Dolphin Watch Sunset Tour:

Tour the Lower Laguna Madre aboard our 50-foot double deck catamaran. The finest dolphin watching vessel on South Padre Island. Cover 12 miles in the Brazos Santiago Pass and the Inland Intercoastal Waterway. Pass through one of the oldest swing bridges left in operation and travel under the New Queen Isabella Causeway while enjoying beautiful views of the Port Isabel and South Padre Island skyline. Watch the sun go down and catch the breeze on the Double Sunshine.

Port of Brownsville Industrial Tour:

This is a half day trip through the Port of Brownsville by water. See giant oil platforms of the Gulf of Mexico and the wide array of international flag ships that ply their trade through the Port of Brownsville. See how oil platforms and jack up rigs are built at the largest platform production yard in America.

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Driving Directions

Take the Bridge onto South Padre Island; at Padre Blvd. you will turn Right – Drive 1/3rd of a mile South and you will see a BLUE sign on the Right side of the road that says “ Sea Ranch Marine Center” turn Right into the parking lot there. STAY TO THE RIGHT when you pull into the parking lot –Look down the parking lot and you will see a Large BLUE FLAG beneath the BLUE flag is a large wood deck with a BLUE Cover with a sign across the front of the deck that reads THE ORIGINAL DOLPHIN WATCH there will be someone in a BLUE shirt that will have your reservation. Look for the blue tin roof with big white letters that say.

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