Dolphins Plus Bayside
Swim with Dolphins
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Welcome to Dolphins Plus! Here, our guests have the exciting opportunity to observe and interact with our marine mammal friends in a unique and stimulating environment. Our guests can experience our dolphins in their natural seawater homes on the Gulf of Mexico (Bayside) in Key Largo, Florida. Along with getting to interact with our marine mammals, guests will learn all about these amazing creatures, and the importance of marine conservation, from our knowledgeable and well-trained staff of trainers and instructors. Our dolphin swims are available to the public throughout the year and are a great addition to your Florida vacation. Meet and interact with our dolphins in our hands-on Structured and Shallow Water Dolphin Swims or snorkel freely alongside the dolphins in our Guided Natural Dolphin Swim program for the dolphin encounter of a lifetime. Our dolphins are always happy to meet new friends. So, come on over and jump on in. We’ll see you at Dolphins Plus.
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Katherine M
Rockmart, GA53 contributions
Jun 2021
My husband and I participated in the shallow water experience. Directions leading up to our encounter were very clear and informative. From the moment we arrived on location, every employee we encountered was friendly and helpful. Our group of participants was diverse: adults, teens, families with small children. Jackie, one of the trainers, split the group. Half went with another employee down to the lagoon while we stayed with Jackie. She gave us a preliminary introduction to the program and facilities before we headed down to a covered porch area. We received our life vests and more facts about dolphins and what we were gong to experience. She further divided our group and "assigned" us to certain dolphins. She asked if another couple and my husband and I would mind going last. We were going to be with Samantha, the matriarch of the dolphin pod, and Jackie would be our trainer. We were able to watch as the other groups engaged in the signature swim and could take pictures. When it was our turn, Jackie led us down to the lagoon where we waded out into waist deep water. While Samantha was our primarily dolphin companion, we were lucky enough to interact with her daughter as well as two other females who were just curious about what we were doing in our corner of the lagoon. Jackie shared fastinating facts as we were able to spend considerable up close, hands on time with the dolphins. I have no idea how long we were in the water, but I certainly didn't feel rushed...although I could've stayed all day! I had prepaid for the picture package, and the link for the pictures was emailed to me by the end of the day. Our photographer had done a wonderful job of capturing so many amazing moments. It was by no means an inexpensive activity, but I can say without hesitation that our experience was worth every penny!
Written June 29, 2021
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DebbieJ4567
Leeds, UK3 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Amazing experience
We did the swim with dolphins and as a group of 4 we had the trainer and two dolphins to ourselves for approx half an hour which made it feel personal and wonderful. We started with some dolphins kisses stroking their front and back and watching them jumping over the pole they brought us. We then got pushed out into the lagoon by the dolphins and swam back holding onto their fins. After our session we were able to stay and watch the other groups, the trainers were in no rush for us to leave encouraging us to ask questions afterwards and take more photos of the dolphins swimming in the lagoon after all the sessions
Thank you
I do feel the sessions were dolphin lead if one of them wasn't interested the other took over we had luna who was very up for showing us what she could do.
Written August 15, 2022
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kerry L
5 contributions
Apr 2021
This is the second time we've experienced the Signature Swim, and the dolphins truly love visitors and performing for swimmers. They come to the edge to say hello and eye the people who will enter their waters. The trainers adore these animals and treat them with respect, care, compassion and enthusiasm
Written May 1, 2021
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Terry L
Liberty Township, OH244 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
It gets 1 star because zero wasn’t an option!! Staff was rude on arrival. We paid $210 per person for a 35-45 min “swim with dolphin” encounter..........yeah right!! Each person was actually “in“ the water for approx 5 min and the trainer never entered the water at all. Whole thing was rushed and very disappointing. Complained to management but have yet to hear back with a resolution. NEVER AGAIN
Written July 20, 2020
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Hi Terry, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Without knowing the date and time you were hear it makes it challenging to look up any details on that day. However, I would like to take a moment and address your concerns mentioned above. First, I want to apologize if you felt anyone on our team was rude to you. We take great pride in our level of guest services and certainly would never want our guests leaving our facility feeling this way. As we explain to all guests who inquire about timing, the expected time from arrival to departure is approximately 1 and ½ hours, this includes the check-in process, the educational briefing, the in-water portion of the encounter and then the check-out process. We do not time the in-water portion of our interactive dolphin programs as they are based on a set or series of behaviors rather than time in the water. This allows our dolphins to be active participants and make the decision on whether or not they choose to participate in the behavior we are asking of them. Our trainers do not typically enter the water in the Structured swim. Standing or kneeling from the floating docks give them a much better vantage point over the lagoon. This allows our Animal Care staff the opportunity to watch the participants as well as the dolphins to ensure the best safest program results possible. I apologize if you feel we did not communicate this well to you. We are always looking for opportunities to learn and grow and I would appreciate the chance to speak with you in person regarding your experience. If you would like to speak with us in more detail or if you simply have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 305-451-4060. Warmest Regards, DP Management
Written July 25, 2020
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Swede83
Rochester, MN47 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Our family booked the shallow water swim with high energy add-on and photo. It was pricy but really worth it and less than you would pay at other venues. I have dreamt of doing this at other places and it always seemed cost prohibitive. We were lucky to afford to do this with our 7-year old and all had a great time. He is a new swimmer but the life jackets will float you in the lagoon. It was amazing to see and touch these incredible creatures. I think we all would like more down time to just hang out with the dolphins but I think we had just the right amount of time to watch them swim, touch and greet them and get to experience their power. After all I’m sure they need down time too! We got to stay a few minutes after to ask questions and watch Samantha and her baby Luna swim together. We had a really memorable, unforgettable experience.
Written February 16, 2020
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Dawn C
12 contributions
May 2021 • Family
The shallow water swim is a complete waste of time if you are over 12 yrs old. The Signature Swim which takes place simultaneously and in view is much much better. In fact if you book Shallow Swim and you have older kids ( or if you are doing it yourself) and you see the Signature Swim going on you will be very disappointed.
Written May 22, 2021
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Taylor N
West Dundee, IL6 contributions
Nov 2020 • Friends
Fantastic experience here!! Covid safe and all that which put my mind at ease. They offer a lot of cool things but it’s all pretty pricey, which isn’t surprising. Luckily, 100% of that money goes back to the dolphins which is why I chose Dolphins Plus Bayside. Definitely a once in a life time thing to check off your bucket list! One thing I’d recommend is having someone to take pictures of the group, it was just me and my friend so we both went in and had to pay $90 for pictures (though they turned out great!)
Written November 29, 2020
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Cynthia M
Hampstead, MD, United States11 contributions
Aug 2021
My twin 14 year old boys chose to do the Signature Swim while visiting the Keys. They both admit that this was their favorite activity on vacation. On the day of our visit they worked with Samantha and Luna. The trainers were patient both with my boys and most importantly the dolphins. They asked the dolphins if they wanted to participate and gave Samantha time as she was socializing with the other dolphins. The smiles that we saw that day made it worthwhile, as you know how hard it can be to get smiles from a teen. Wonderful set up for the spectators to view and take pictures. Thank you to the entire staff at Dolphin Plus.
Written August 22, 2021
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michelled0388
Gainesville, FL70 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
I've always wanted to have a meeting and greet with dolphins and decided to go ybe Dolphin Dockside Experience since this was my first time every doing something like this and I am not a strong swimmer. For this experience I had the mother daughter dolphins Samantha and Luna. I learned how to do hand signals and the dolphins did them, I received a present from one of them (leaf), and got to shake both of their hands. You sit on a raft to have this experience and you do get wet but I'm so glad I did this, had tears in my eyes and was reasonably priced. I got a link of all of the pictures they took and will be ordering them soon. I also brought a painting from one of my dolphins in the gift shop to have that from my amazing day.
Written November 3, 2020
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HarryLeon
Arlington Heights, IL183 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
My wife and I are on the “more mature side” but always wanted to swim with the dolphins. Trainers gave a good orientation and we really enjoyed the contact with the dolphins. Areas of improvement was the one restroom in the waiting area was inadequate with a long line. We purchased the $89 photo package - we received a zip file that we had great difficulty working with unfortunately.
Written April 16, 2021
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