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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

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10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulfport, MS 39503-3671
+1 228-896-9182
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Not much to it

I suppose this place is good for children but there really isn’t much there. I don’t like seeing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
lindymcd
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Starkville, Mississippi
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Fun place for family

Visited with teen/young adult kids and had a great time. Very knowledgeable staff, dolphin... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rob S
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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 been an active participant of the National Stranding Network since its inception. IMMS is the premier stranding organization in the Mississippi-Louisiana-Alabama region of the Gulf Coast with the capability and expertise to care for sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles. IMMS serves as an important educational resource for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, incorporating programs for conservation, education and research of marine mammals, sea turtles, and their environment. IMMS's Ocean Adventures Marine Park is open for public tours year-round, reservations are not required. The Park is open seven days a week from 9:00AM to 4:00PM, but the last Park admission is at 2:00PM.
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“dolphin show” (32 reviews)
“touch pool” (21 reviews)
“sea lions” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulfport, MS 39503-3671
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+1 228-896-9182

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"dolphin show"
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"touch pool"
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"sea lions"
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"public tour"
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"horseshoe crabs"
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"sea world"
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"all ages"
in 23 reviews
"meet and greet"
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"swim with the dolphins"
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"hour tour"
in 9 reviews
"shark tooth"
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"favorite part"
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"field trip"
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"animal rescue"
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"small museum"
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"touch stingrays"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I suppose this place is good for children but there really isn’t much there. I don’t like seeing animals (sea lions, dolphins) being made to do tricks and don’t think it gives a proper picture to the kids of how these animals actually live and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with teen/young adult kids and had a great time. Very knowledgeable staff, dolphin experience was highlight of the day

Thank Rob S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a nice experience for the kids. Just wished the shows lasted a little bit longer. Also would of been nice to pet a snake or a gator.

Thank Elizabeth B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The IMMS is a great place to visit for family fun. The new ocean adventure area is fantastic. The kids loved the dolphin, sea lion, and bird shows. They loved touching the sting rays and really enjoyed the train ride.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great way to spend a morning. The entire place was clean, lots to see and learn, our favorite was the parakeet area. Next time we may try the stingray pool experience. The food court was a bit slow and pricey but we brought our own...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had visiting IMM twice before, but this was the 1st visit since they added the Ocean Adventure side. This is a small facility in comparison, but there are several activities. We started by feeding the parakeets. The feed sticks are an additional cost ($1.50...More

1  Thank Brandy M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there for my son's birthday so he and his brother and I could interact with the dolphins. That was an amazing experience and we loved it so much. But the rest of the facility was just as awesome. Nearly everything was interactive and...More

Thank Jennifer C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our visit to the IMMS Ocean Adventure was terrific! I had my 4 grands in tow -- ages 6-12, and they all loved it. I did, too. We spent several hours there, and were never bored. The staff members are very friendly and PATIENT. And...More

Thank Marcia S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a nice facility. We didn’t see everything, as it was beginning to rain, and they shut things down. We were only here for half hour due to the weather, we did get a refund.

Thank Jennifer S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter (age 6) and I really enjoyed our visit. The staff were incredibly nice and helpful. We will be back!

Thank chemstreet
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Yari G
14 March 2018|
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Response from Mike M | Property representative |
Our new facility Ocean Adventures Marine Park is now open. General Admission - One Day Pass $14 for Adults $12 for Children (ages 3-12) $13 for Seniors (55+) & Military w/ID Free for children age 2 and under.
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Christine M
21 February 2018|
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Response from Jerry M | Reviewed this property |
Our son loved it
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rysoftballstar
14 January 2018|
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Response from Tranngocthianh | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. We always did the public tour. The tours were guided and at certain times of the day. It was done in groups of anyone who showed up at the time. Last time we went, it included a bird show/talk, turtle... More
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