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The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies

#1 of 38 things to do in Gulfport Features Animals
10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulfport, MS 39503-3671
+1 228-896-9182
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2 hour tour

My husband and I visited and we very much enjoyed our tour. It's definitely a hidden gem. The bird... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Chatsworth, GA
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We were visiting the gulf coast from Alaska and had one day in between activities to drive along... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Natalie 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 is open for public tours year-round, however reservations are required.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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10801 Dolphin Ln, Gulfport, MS 39503-3671
+1 228-896-9182

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I visited and we very much enjoyed our tour. It's definitely a hidden gem. The bird, dolphin and sea lion shows were very fun. The staff was very friendly and informative.

Thank HappyCamper040
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were visiting the gulf coast from Alaska and had one day in between activities to drive along the coast. We chose to come here based on great reviews but I suppose I didn't research enough. When we showed up we didn't see anyone in...More

Thank Natalie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time with our family of 5. The entire presentation kept our kids of 5, 8 and 10 entertained. Plan for 2.5 to 3 hours. They need to have better signage off the streets, though. We would have missed it if it...More

Thank Z5489SOrobertn
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was able to take my two children ages 13 and 11 for the DIP experience and meet a dolphin up close and personal. The total experience was first class as we were treated like VIP's, escorted by knowledgeable and kind staff that educated us...More

Thank Scott H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I took our 2.5 year old to IMMS and we had a wonderful time. The tour and programming are appropriate for people of all ages. We will certainly visit again!

Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful experience for a family trip with two children under the age of five years. We all enjoyed the dolphin and sea lion encounters as well as the touch pool of sea creatures. The children were thrilled and we learned a lot...More

Thank amloup7
Reviewed 1 week ago

Full 2 hours of interactive learning experiences. Very knowledgeable educators who love what they do. Great information, well presented. Fun for the whole family!

Thank duparker2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

A little pricey for the dolphin encounter but I know the money is going for a good cause. Nice facilities and very informative. I recommend this place.

Thank Paladine5
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent program. The educators and trainers are wonderful. Great mix of animal shows, museums, hands-on experiences. My 5-yr old had a great time. I did too!

Thank lmhendes0
Reviewed 1 week ago

The institute is a wonderful experience for individuals of all ages. I have been twice, once for the tour, and once for the meet and greet with the dolphins. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, a definite must do as long as you are not...More

Thank 2000retired
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Laura H
18 June 2017|
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Response from IMMS-Contactus | Property representative |
$12/adult, $11/seniors & military, $10/child (ages 3-12). Reservations are required and may be made on our website.
Sue D
9 May 2017|
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Response from IMMS-Contactus | Property representative |
The in-water Dolphin Interaction, which will be offered again in June is $95/person. The Dolphin Encounter (dry), which is currently offered is $65/person. Please see our website for complete details.
Sheila G
27 November 2016|
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Response from IMMS-Contactus | Property representative |
IMMS currently has three resident dolphins, all of whom have been classified as non-releasable by the U.S. government. Our two oldest dolphins, Bo and Buster came to us after serving for nearly 30 years in the U.S. Navy. Our... More