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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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Great Place... Great Staff

Our daughter participated in a job shadow with IMMS.. their staff is top shelf, and their new... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jeff3002018
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Dolphin meet & greet is a must see!!

We didn’t wanna spend a fortune on this place, so we opted for the cheaper dolphin package. It was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lenora S
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Crayne, Kentucky
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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 10:00AM to 5:00PM, but the last Park admission is at 3:00PM.
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“dolphin show” (43 reviews)
“touch pool” (24 reviews)
“sea lions” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 3:00 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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"dolphin experience"
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"shark tooth"
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"all ages"
in 28 reviews
"swim with the dolphins"
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"meet and greet"
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"field trip"
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"their job"
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"small facility"
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"hour tour"
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"train ride"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our daughter participated in a job shadow with IMMS.. their staff is top shelf, and their new facilities (Ocean Adventures Marine Park) are phenomenal. Our family love the dolphin and sea lion shows, and the encounter opportunities are great.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We didn’t wanna spend a fortune on this place, so we opted for the cheaper dolphin package. It was $55 per person and worth every penny. My 7 yr old girls absolutely loved it, and it’s including price of admission so you can spend all...More

Thank Lenora S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We purchased an encounter with the dolphin (Apollo is who we had) for my Daughters 10th birthday. It was a Birthday surprise. They made the whole experience easy from getting the tickets on the phone to driving away. The whole experience was wonderful. The interaction...More

Thank Tammy W
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed watching the dolphin show and touching the sting rays. It was a small place but the kids enjoyed it.

Thank Janell S
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was an awesome day with the kids at an amazing Nonprofit organization! We were able to see a sea lion show, dolphin show, bird show, feed parakeets up close an personal, pet stingrays, and enjoy seeing other types of marine wildlife. The food and...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Me, my wife, daughter, son in law, and 4 grandchildren went here. It’s 15 for adults and 13 for kids. The dolphins were great but the show is short. You stand outside in the son for 15 minuets waiting to get in. Completely not worth...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took our 3 year old to this and had a great time! She loved seeing the animal shows, especially the dolphin show. Great way to spend a morning or afternoon in Gulfport. They have a playground designed for kids aged 5-12 that looks like...More

Thank mbcallegari
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Took two of my grandchildren to IMMS and we all participated in the Stingray Encounter. Both the guides were excellent. They took time to answer both children's questions and the classroom talk before getting into the pool was very interesting. Shelby did a great job...More

1  Thank REW135
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the 4th time that we have been to IMMS Dozing with Dolphins event. Our troop always enjoys the event. We are a multi-level Girl Scout troop of Kindergartners thru middle school girls. The activities keeps the attention of all the girls. Very educational...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I brought my kids there this past week. I was really impressed! The Sea Lion encounter was awesome! And we got to see the sea lion show! My daughter and son both want to become marine biologist now!

Thank Magen C
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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
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coconut1989
27 June 2018|
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Response from Arlina S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, this facility is handicap accessible.
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bearybear83
21 June 2018|
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Response from Teresa L | Reviewed this property |
They have a website where you can book online (or pay when you go): adults $15; ages 3-12 $13; seniors +55 & active duty military $14.
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