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“Make sure you know your prices.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Theater of the Sea

Theater of the Sea
84721 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 84.5, Islamorada, FL 33036
+1 305-664-2431
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Ranked #2 of 48 things to do in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Our mission is to provide a wonderful home for our animals while sharing them with visitors in ways that inspire awareness and sensitivity towards animals, the environment, and conservation issues. At Theater of the Sea watch up close and personal DOLPHIN SHOWS, sea lion shows, parrot shows, and much more! A pioneer in animal interactive programs, at Theater of the Sea you can... SWIM WITH A DOLPHIN... SWIM WITH A SEA LION... Wade, Meet and Paint with a Dolphin... Meet and Paint with a Sea Lion... Swim with the Rays... Swim with the Sharks... And Meet the Sea Turtles! Our 30 minute dolphin swims include BOTH trained behaviors like dorsal tows, kisses, and hugs as well as swimming and snorkeling with dophins. We offer a variety of animal interaction programs for various ages and prices. Programs are available daily and include admission to our dolphin, sea lion, and parrot shows, guided marne life tour, lagoon-side beach, and bottomless boat ride. Theater of the Sea is family owned and operated since 1946 and one of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world. The lagoons and lush, tropical gardens are home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, sea turtles, tropical and game fish, sharks, stingrays, alligators, marine invertebrates, and birds.
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Cape Coral, Florida
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“Make sure you know your prices.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Took my grandchildren and their parents to this and the children loved it but some how I wasn't told or was not specific enough on the prices for wading with dolphins for 4 people. Did not see the receipt since I was just a spectator but was shock when I did see the credit card bill when I was charged $175/person or ($850) for the day. By that time it was too late and would not have planned this if I knew the cost. Really wasn't worth it since the children were under the age of 10.
I don't like surprises nor would I have mentioned anything to my grandchildren. But its too late now. Will know better for the next set of grandchildren.
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Visited February 2013
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“Nice way to spend the afternoon.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

It is a little pricey. The shows wasn't long enough. The attendant said that the show started at 3:30.....but really it had started at 3:00. They said that it was a 2 1/2 hour show more like 1 1/2. Still worth stopping and taking in the shows.

Visited February 2013
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Islamorada, Florida
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“Small but Cool”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Much smaller than zoos and theme parks we are used to, but not $80 admission either. Dolphin show. Seal show. Parrot show. Little boat ride. Stingray interaction. And for extra $ you can schedule swim with dolphins. We didn't but I watched others do it and looked amazing.

Visited January 2013
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Marathon, Florida
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“Hands on Fun!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I always take my out of town folks to this place! They love being able to touch some of the fish, birds and the seal! There is a place to swim and a boat ride with a dolphin that jumps thru the hoop in the center of a boat! The shows are just long enough and the tour guides are very knowledgeable and always stay after the show to answer any questions. It is a little pricey but well worth it!

Visited July 2012
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“Wonderful Way to spend Last Day in Islamorada”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Had a fabulous time, very active and interactive day. You were constantly busy, from the Nature tour, to the Bird show, to the dolphin show and the Sea Lion Show, all was up close and very informative and enjoyable.

Visited February 2013
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