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“Great pictures of dolphins” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dolphin Racer

Dolphin Racer
3400 Pasadena Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33707
7274622628
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$145*
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Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: Take an exhilarating tour on the Dolphin Racer!Watch as acrobatic bottlenose dolphin surf and dive alongside!This high-speed tour lasts between 1-1.5 hours beginning with a narration by the Captain and then leading into a breathtaking chase with nature as the speedboat picks up speed and looks for dolphin.The huge wake created by the Dolphin Racer attracts jumping dolphins.It's sure to be an adventure you will remember for a lifetime. Don't forget to bring your camera.
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“Great pictures of dolphins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

At first we were doubtful we'd have many photo opportunities. We saw dolphins distantly but they didn't seem to want to follow us. Captain Dennis stayed out longer than required and we ended up with 3 following the wake of the boatand getring closer than I could believe. At times they were only 10 feet fromt he back of the boat. It really felt like we were all playing together. A great experience.

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StarLiteFlorida, Manager at Dolphin Racer, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
We're usually good for some great photographs of the dolphins! Thank you for sharing your experience, we are glad you enjoyed it. Feel free to share any photos with us on our Facebook page. We will see you again soon!
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Houston, Texas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Exhilarating Despite Questionable Weather”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We were doubtful that we'd actually see dolphins, as the day was overcast, and rain was threatening. Even the captain admitted that the dolphins don't like cool weather and sometimes will move to warmer waters. However, we saw LOTS of playful dolphins and thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Captain Dennis pointed out pods of dolphins and told us where to look. Got a GREAT photo of a large dolphin jumping high out of the water, turning over belly side up and splashing back down into the water. I can't describe the dolphins' behavior as anything but JOYFUL!! They are amazing animals and more like humans than we would think. Don't miss this great activity. It has been the highlight of our visit to the St. Petersburg area.

Visited November 2013
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StarLiteFlorida, Manager at Dolphin Racer, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
It is great to hear that the we (and the dolphins of course!) highlighted your trip to the area! Please feel free to share any of your photos with us on our Facebook page. We will look for you during your next trip here!
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“Beyond cool!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Such an awesome time on Dolphin Racer! We had numerous dolphins jumping in the wake 5 minutes into the trip and several more times throughout the cruise. So wonderful to be able to admire these beautiful creatures in their own habitat, playing happily. Captain Dennis and first mate Brittany were knowledgeable, accommodating and entertaining. It was obvious that they both know what they're doing, know these waters very well, and clearly have a such respect for all its amazing wildlife. Highly recommend this -- don't miss it if you're in the Tampa area. Our eight-year old thought this was the coolest thing ever and so did we!

Visited November 2013
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StarLiteFlorida, Manager at Dolphin Racer, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Thank you for giving us a try! Captain Dennis and Brittany sure do know what they are doing, and we have been in business for a long time. We are glad your whole family loved it! Please come back and see us and the dolphins!
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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“The proper way to see Dolphins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

This boat is clearly designed to create just the kind of wake that the dolphins like to play in. They didn't disappoint. At one point there were five jumping out of the water all at once and really close to the boat. The captain was amusing and very knowledgeable and his first mate was a marine biologist and clearly knew her stuff when it came to the dolphins. They didn't rush us back to port (we were out nearly two hours) and we covered a lot of water.
We enjoyed it so much we went back the following week!

Visited October 2013
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StarLiteFlorida, Manager at Dolphin Racer, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Thank you for coming to see us - not once, but twice! We really do appreciate the dolphins and all of their beauty, we are so glad to share it with you! Please come and see us again soon!
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“Reputable Operation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

It was a beautiful day of weather. We did not see very many dolphins compared to similar boat rides like this in the past. Still, we were enjoying ourselves. Before the boat returned to where we departed, the staff announced that everyone would receive free passes to return at a later date because they guarantee the dolphins will swim in the wake of the boat and follow it. This was completely not necessary but speaks to the integrity of the people running it. Again, we did see some dolphins. The only suggestion I would make is that when there are days like today when the dolphins aren't around, the staff needs to be more engaging with the passengers to help sell the overall experience. In other words, there is a lot more to hype about the day than the dolphins despite that they are the main attraction and reason people probably came in the first place. Just trying to be helpful here.

Visited November 2013
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