Island Dolphin Care

Island Dolphin Care, Key Largo: Hours, Address, Island Dolphin Care Reviews: 5/5

Island Dolphin Care
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Island Dolphin Care is a not-for-profit organization seeking life-changing solutions for children and families with special needs as well as veterans living with PTSD. Funded entirely by grants, donors, and visitors, IDC is a place where people facing challenges come to experience joy and thrive!
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Amy M
5 contributions
Nov 2019
My daughter and I shared a dockside experience. It was just magical. One of the veterinarians was our dockside guide and really took time to answer all of our questions. I love the mission of this group, helping those who are differently abled and their families as well as educating others about these beautiful mammals.
Written March 3, 2020
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Chris S
Victor, ID17 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We love informative, historical tours wherever we go. This was amazing. It is rare to find a person totally suited to and happy with his job. This is Joe, our guide. He spent a ton of time with us, educating us on every aspect of Island Dolphin Care, including its history, therapy, dolphin care, grounds, facility and staff. There was a small tank that had crustaceans and other small sea life which a person could touch and observe. We were fortunate enough to observe a therapy session with the dolphins and speak with a staff member about their approach to therapy. Watching the response of the participants helped us comprehend what a joyful impact this opportunity could have on anyone, not just those challenged by disabilities. One dolphin even gave a belly ride, where an individual lays on the belly, and the dolphin swims on its back to take the rider to the dock. Were were there over an hour. Great opportunity for all ages.
Written January 17, 2020
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625eileenb
Chesapeake, VA6 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
We did the dolphin float which was an unstructured free form float with the dolphins. The dolphins pushed us around the lagoon with our feet, gave us kisses and even sang happy birthday to me. What an amazing experience of a lifetime. We will never forget it. Everyone was so helpful and friendly and made our experience there great.
Written June 25, 2020
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Susan
1 contribution
Feb 2019 • Couples
We left the facility 5 minutes after we arrived when we realized the facility was not a rehab for dolphins but a cage for trapped wildlife that had been ripped away from their family in the ocean. My mother in law had bought the tickets and we were mislead about what the dolphin care center was about. I do appreciate that they are trying to do good in the world for children with disabilities but it is at the expense of another living thing. When we asked how the dolphins came to the center our tour guide tip toed around the question (I don’t blame her because she was probably told lies from the owners) but she did announce that dolphins in captivity live longer. This is completely untrue and a full blown lie. Have you ever seen Black Fish or done any research on dolphins or whales in the wild vs captivity? These bold statements are fabricated to make the people working here to feel ok about keeping wild animals trapped in a small swimming pool to perform for treats. I feel bad that so many are duped into buying tickets and continuing the cycle of hunting sea life to trap them in a pool until they die.
Written January 7, 2020
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Hi Susan, And thank you for your response. We understand your sentiment and we are absolutely in alignment with what you are saying. We feel exactly the same about animals being taken from the wild and are 100% against those practices, which is why we have spent our lives trying to come up with solutions. This is our primary focus and we do everything in our power to avoid exploitation of animals in every manner. It has been a long journey to achieve what we have achieved and there is a long way to go. To clarify how our dolphins came to the center so you can better understand what we are working to achieve, over the course of the last decades we have successfully removed these 8 dolphins from being used in "swim with dolphins" programs and we DO NOT offer these experiences to the public. Our goal is to give these dolphins the best possible lives and working to raise the funds with other collaborative partners to create an open ocean sanctuary. That said, this requires an immense amount of support and working to acquire the $10+ million is very challenging as you can imagine. So along the way, to care for these animals at the highest level is also a significant cost that we work relentlessly to raise. The manner that we have been able to stay afloat without opening ourselves to the public and charging exorbitant amounts for dolphin rides is by creating therapy programs for children with special needs and PTSD veterans, and using these efforts to justify fundraising. More than half of our families receive scholarships to come to our program and no veteran has ever paid to participate. We didn't create the problem that exists. We are dedicating our lives to making it better for the animals until we solve the problem, and it has become our lives work. No animal should be taken from the wild and no animal should be exploited for the entertainment of humans. So as we agree with your sentiment, it seems that our efforts were obviously not articulated clearly while you were briefly visiting. The practice of hunting sea life to place them in captivity should be abolished globally and in most countries already is without federal permission. Again, we didn't capture these animals, we are dedicating our lives to improve their situation.
Written January 11, 2020
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Samantha M
1 contribution
Nov 2019 • Couples
Island dolphin care is a dolphin-assistir therapy facility that does a beautiful job for people with special needs and veterans. The dolphins are very well taken care in a natural environment. They provide tours for tourists that explain their beautiful story, educate about dolphins and their therapy service. Definitely a great opportunity to learn more and enjoy nature and its wonders.
Written January 18, 2020
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Jimmy
2 contributions
Jun 2020 • Friends
Special thanks to everyone involved our day at IDC!!! Danielle was great with our orientation and grabbing some amazing pictures. Krystal and Mo were great with the dolphins, and we loved the fact that we got Tashi! Also thank you to Brittany for setting everything up and making the day possible.

My mom is still talking about how amazing of a time she had and how it was one of her best birthdays ever.

We will for sure be back with the rest of the family! Great company
Written June 23, 2020
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Joshua B
Takoma Park, MD3 contributions
Feb 2020
I visited IDC for a tour this past week. Joe was my tour guide and gave me a detailed and in-depth tour of the facilities. Everyone we encountered was very friendly and welcoming, from the husband and wife team that run IDC to all of the trainers and therapists... and of course the Dolphins themselves! This is a very special place that is truly changing people's lives and it is clear that everyone working there believes in the mission and finds meaning in the work they are doing. A tour of IDC would be well worth your time to see and learn about their 8 beautiful dolphins and the great work they and the humans of this facility are doing to help some of those who are in the greatest need.
Written February 11, 2020
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Judy S
4 contributions
Jun 2020 • Solo
It was my first time in the keys and with all the beautiful places to see, Island Dolphin Care was by far the most wonderful! My guide Joe Cianciolo was an amazing wealth of information and so personable. It is clear that this place is truly special and the staff genuinely care about the dolphins and the people. I cannot say enough, i highly recommend everyone to stop in and experience the love for yourselves! I already can't wait to visit again 🥰
Written June 21, 2020
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Brandi L
3 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
This is hands down the best thing we did in the keys!! What an amazing experience. I cannot day enough about it. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable and they went way above to make sure that we had the very best time, which we did!!
Written June 11, 2020
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Barb S
Clinton, OH3 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
The work this organization does is absolutely wonderful! Everyone was so nice and so knowledgeable. The dockside experience was something I have longed to do – be up close and personal with the dolphins. Was happy to see the dolphins are well cared for. And the story of how this organization came to be is absolutely amazing! I bought the book the founder wrote and it will bring you to tears. Please support them and visit them if anywhere near Key Largo. Well worth it!
Written March 17, 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM