Island Dolphin Care
Island Dolphin Care
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10:30 AM - 3:30 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
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
About
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!
Duration: 1-2 hours
Does not meet animal welfare guidelines
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  • Emily N
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it!
    Loved our tour at IDC. The staff was so welcoming, and we adored seeing all of the dolphins. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered any question we had. This is a great way to support an amazing local nonprofit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Merav d
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Affordable and fun experience, must do!
    What a wonderful experience. We paid $20 per person. They were flexible with the time of the tour. They told us how they use the space for training the dolphins. Learned a lot about these beautiful animals. Plus saw them being trained. Highly recommend doing this when in the area. Great for all ages!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 28, 2023
  • Gigliola M
    Hollywood, Florida1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    Amazing experience, such a lovely and caring place. We did the tour. My wife's dream was to be with dolphins and we were abel to spend some time meeting Bella, shaking hands, giving hi fives and she even sang Happy Birthday to my wife. The trainers were amazing, you can fell the love they have for this animals that help so many people in therapy instances. We enjoyed our time so much that we are going to be communicating with management to see if we can become volunteers. We definitely built longlife memories and can't wait to bring my kids.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 6, 2023
  • Shamr0ckG
    Naples, Florida459 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make reservations for the full tour
    We didn't realize we needed reservations for the tour, but Danielle was kind enough to let us go outside to observe the dolphins from the balcony. Our experience confirmed to us that this is a valuable organization and we'll definitely make plans to come back again for the full tour. This time we'll make reservations!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Sheila S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best experience of our lives!
    My daughter participated in the 5 day program and she absolutely loved it. It was truly the best experience of her life. Everyone is extremely kind and wonderful. Missy made our experience so fun and really took the time to make everything perfect for us. I look forward to taking my son in the future.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 28, 2023
  • Anil K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing time at IDC!
    This review is penned by my ten year old daughter. “My time spent at Island Dolphin Care was an awesome, enriching experience. I have always had a passion for marine life, especially dolphins. All I had to do was spend half an hour with the beautiful creatures and knew at once that I had come to the right place. It is a wonderful non-profit organization with an amazing purpose, and I will always cherish the time spent interacting with the dolphins at IDC. Thank you Danielle, Jessica and especially Dalai for an incredible afternoon at Island Dolphin Care.”
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 5, 2024
  • sarahbconway
    Grand Rapids, Michigan1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!!!
    This was an amazing experience! We stumbled upon this special place and the team was kind enough to fit in a tour for us with no reservation. We were blown away by the dolphins, the loving atmosphere, how close we could get to them, their tricks, seeing each one’s personality…and of course our wonderful tour guide Alyssa. Good luck with your training journey with the puffer fish, Alyssa! Thank you so much for spending so much time with us today!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Ali G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 visit
    Island Dolphin Care is an amazing Key Largo experience - a must do! The staff is awesome, the tour is informative, and the experience of interacting with the joyful dolphins is exceptional. The entire team is patient, and it is evident that each animal is an equal member of the family. A 10/10, must see in Key Largo!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 17, 2024
  • Departure34912008085
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Tour and Great Staff!
    My mother, grandmother and I were referred to Dolphin Island Care by our AirBNB host and it did not disappoint. From the moment we walked in we were greeted by friendly staff and volunteers, who were knowledge, polite and positive. We booked a tour and were blown away by not only the information we learned but the staff's willingness to interact with us and allow us to interact with the dolphins. I was able to donate a little more for an up close tour with the dolphins where they showed off their many tricks! Not only did we have a great time but we donated to a great cause! Thank you Dolphin Island Care!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 30, 2024
  • DSDMK
    Merrick, New York38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Key Largo!!
    We took the tour of the facility and it was the highlight of our keys trip. What they do is phenomenal and it made us leave with so much gratitude. Their story is so touching. Our tour guide Missy was so informative, we learned so much about the dolphins and what they do. You are up close with the dolphins, even without an interactive tour. It was just us 2 and another family of 3, so very personal. They treat their dolphins like family. I highly recommend taking this tour and supporting their cause.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 22, 2024
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Susan
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

cylau12
Millbrae, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Our family and son with ASD participated in Island Dolphin Care's 3 day program while we were in Key Largo. We probably would have done the 5 day program, but it was the 4th of July week and we had already planned a few other excursions during our time there. From the start, the communication with the staff at IDC was professional, warm, and caring. It was clear that they are NOT a tourist trap or an amusement park, and ARE completely dedicated to animal assisted therapy and individually tailored therapy sessions. Although the application form took about 25 minutes to fill out, the staff carefully review it to tailor the session to your child and family's needs, and they already knew a lot of specifics about each family member including names, preferences, and dislikes when we first arrived.

I'm not sure if it's because they were still in the process of reopening to the public post-COVID or the holiday weekend, but we had the WHOLE place to ourselves during our 2 hour morning therapy sessions. There was a warm welcome sign welcoming our son and our family, and the staff were also there to welcome us. The lead therapist we worked with, Eli, has over 16 years of experience at IDC and was a special education teach before that. We always felt well cared for and most importantly, our son was engaged, happy, and looked forward to going to the sessions. It probably also helped that they had elevators at the facility (he loves elevators), and he did some bubble painting the first day before going to swim with the dolphins (he loves bubbles). The dolphin swims were amazing, and the staff took pictures the whole time that they then uploaded to a website where we had full access so we could be fully present during the experience. The dolphin trainers are very knowledgable, friendly, and accustomed to working with families with special needs.

Overall, I highly recommend IDC. If we ever return to Key Largo, we'll be back!
Written July 12, 2022
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Departure34912008085
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
My mother, grandmother and I were referred to Dolphin Island Care by our AirBNB host and it did not disappoint. From the moment we walked in we were greeted by friendly staff and volunteers, who were knowledge, polite and positive. We booked a tour and were blown away by not only the information we learned but the staff's willingness to interact with us and allow us to interact with the dolphins. I was able to donate a little more for an up close tour with the dolphins where they showed off their many tricks! Not only did we have a great time but we donated to a great cause! Thank you Dolphin Island Care!
Written January 30, 2024
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Venture49193782975
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Island Dolphin Care was perfect for us and our 2 yo son. We went at the beginning of the week for a tour, and we saw all the dolphins, saw them do all their tricks, and learned a lot. We didn’t pay for the additional add-ons like actually touching and interacting with the dolphins, but we may do it when my son is older. We were extremely close to them though. The facilities themselves are intimate, and we loved that that Island Dolphin Care is a nonprofit and helps others. We hope to be back and highly recommend it!
Written May 1, 2024
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Merav d
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
What a wonderful experience. We paid $20 per person. They were flexible with the time of the tour. They told us how they use the space for training the dolphins. Learned a lot about these beautiful animals. Plus saw them being trained. Highly recommend doing this when in the area. Great for all ages!
Written November 28, 2023
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Gigliola M
Hollywood, FL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Amazing experience, such a lovely and caring place. We did the tour. My wife's dream was to be with dolphins and we were abel to spend some time meeting Bella, shaking hands, giving hi fives and she even sang Happy Birthday to my wife. The trainers were amazing, you can fell the love they have for this animals that help so many people in therapy instances. We enjoyed our time so much that we are going to be communicating with management to see if we can become volunteers. We definitely built longlife memories and can't wait to bring my kids.
Written December 6, 2023
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Kristy G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
IDC is the most magical place on Earth and the therapists and trainers are some of the best we have worked with! They welcomed our whole family with open arms and were so patient and kind with our daughter, she has two brain disorders and is nonverbal. Danielle and Eli were so amazing with her and both of my older neurotypical sons (13 and 16)! They brought our whole family together and it was so special to see her and her brothers bonding and coming together to make special crafts for us to take home. It was just what we all needed. My daughter was so excited and bonded so well with the beautiful dolohins, too. She thrived and the smiles on her face all week made me cry tears of happiness.
We made memories that will last a lifetime and I am forever grateful for the whole staff at IDC!
Written August 14, 2022
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penny b
worthing16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We visited Island dolphin care as a family of 4 and all took part in the on the dock experience to meet the dolphins close-up.
This was simply an amazing experience! The staff were so passionate about their work and the dolphins are so beautiful and clever.
This experience was the highlight of our trip to the Florida Keys. Loved it!
Written April 11, 2024
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Samantha M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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