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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Nice way to spend two or three hours especially with kids

Me, my wife, daughter, son-in-law, a friend and our 4 year old granddaughter were at Ocean... read more

Reviewed yesterday
David R
Petal, Mississippi
best birthday present ever!

It was great - this was a birthday present for myself and my daughter - they were very nice and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Slidell, Louisiana
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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1984 for the purposes of public education, conservation, and research on marine mammals and sea turtles in the wild and under human care. IMMS has...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulfport, MS 39503-3671
+1 228-896-9182
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Reviewed yesterday

Me, my wife, daughter, son-in-law, a friend and our 4 year old granddaughter were at Ocean Adventures Marine Park on a rainy October Saturday. Quick overview: This place is easy to find, clean, the staff is very friendly and helpful, everything is centrally located and...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

It was great - this was a birthday present for myself and my daughter - they were very nice and professional and we also learned quite a bit. This was a bucket list life goal of mine to swim with the dolphins - we did...More

2  Thank taliseninja
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is one of our favorite spots to spend time in Gulfport. The animals are amazing and the staff and trainers are some of the best we've seen. The park itself is bright and clean and the dolphin/sea lion shows as well as the individual...More

1  Thank kevboy313
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our family did the dolphin interaction. It was GREAT!!! My daughter with Down Syndrome has been wanting to do this for her 40th birthday. So we made it a family trip and she had her brother and sister in the water with her. The trainer...More

1  Thank bagley005
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our family had a great time visiting The Institute. The dolphin and sea lion shows were awesome and the interaction with the animals was terrific.

1  Thank Quiltladypr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We brought our two kids ages 5 and 7. It was well worth the trip!! We love dolphins and the show they put on was well worth the drive. Me and the wife plan on going back just us two so we can swim with...More

2  Thank Eric A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was only in town for a couple days. Couldn't get a trip out to the islands. Found this awesome marine park/educational center on TripAdvisor, and we're so glad we went! We were there on a Thursday afternoon, and there were only a handful of...More

1  Thank Kristina S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am ready to load up my family and move to the coast and get a job here. I absolutely fell in love. I have been wanting to go to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for years but had no idea there was a facility like...More

1  Thank TopperTeacher
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took a friend here and this was her first time. I purchased the options and she got to meet Maddie the dolphin and Maya the sea lion. She had so much fun getting to see everything. The people that work there are amazing and...More

1  Thank mkhebert2002
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my little great niece (4 years old) and we both had a fabulous experience! The facilities were very clean, and all the animals seemed very well cared for. I highly recommend this for young and old alike!

2  Thank tennis664
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Wendy D
15 October 2018|
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Response from Kara R | Reviewed this property |
They don’t have a calendar posted for December so I am not sure.
28 July 2018|
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Response from gndwoods | Reviewed this property |
It's brand new now and it's not a lot of walking, everything is covered and close and there's a train down to the other touch pool and shark tooth excavating.
Denise B
19 July 2018|
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Response from Rob S | Reviewed this property |
At least a half day, more if you do any of the interactive activities