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Theater of the Sea

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84721 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 84.5, Islamorada, FL 33036-3410
+1 305-664-2431
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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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  • Average5%
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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84721 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 84.5, Islamorada, FL 33036-3410
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great experience, to make (at least) once in a lifetime! Thanks to the staff for the "adventure" to swim with a group of dolplhins and for the nice pictures! Suggested for everybody!

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animalcare, Director of Sales at Theater of the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

thank you for visiting and your support!

Reviewed 4 days ago

This experience far exceeded my expectations. Swimming with the dolphins was other-worldly. The instructors were efficient, knowledgeable and friendly, always with an emphasis on safety. The staff is exceptionally friendly with not only a commitment to the health and well-being of their star performers but...More

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animalcare, Director of Sales at Theater of the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

thank you for visiting and your support!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately they were hit quite hard by Irma and still recovering. That being said it was not the best experience. The staff were very good but we asked about where the rays were and they did not know. Odd since it is advertised front and...More

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animalcare, Director of Sales at Theater of the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Sir / Madam, First of all I would like to thank you for your visit and for your support. After hurricane Irma we had to close the park for several weeks but we were very excited that on November 16, 2017 we were able...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing facility...feeding the turtles is something everyone should do....such incredible animals.....staff is very polite and welcoming....so worth the stop while down there!

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animalcare, Director of Sales at Theater of the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful experience wading with the dolphins and painting with the dolphins. We also enjoyed watching the show after our experiences.

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animalcare, Director of Sales at Theater of the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on Thanksgiving day and while some parts of the park were still closed due to hurricane Irma damages we had a great time. We really enjoyed the sea turtles. We swam with the dolphins and it was amazing. Dolphins are simply magical creatures....More

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animalcare, Director of Sales at Theater of the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I, spent the entire day, and we loved it. Hit by the hurricane, you can notice the location suffered but the welcoming and passionate staff were there, allowing us to have a unique experience. Fun shows, with the dolphins and the sea...More

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animalcare, Director of Sales at Theater of the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very intimate setting, no crowds or waits and did not feel touristy. Very personable! My husband and I did the sea lion swim and our adult children did the alligator encounter. Great afternoon.

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animalcare, Director of Sales at Theater of the Sea, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

thank you for visiting and your support!

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joeysmomma
August 7, 2017|
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Response from animalcare | Property representative |
Hi Joeysmomma, thank you for your interest in Theater of the sea. 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... More
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joeysmomma
August 7, 2017|
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Response from Bill H | Reviewed this property |
Hi - I did extensive research before booking this. From what I understand, the Dolphin Research Center you stand on the platform that is lowered in the water. The interactions aren't as personal and if you are an observer... More
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BeachMama321
July 7, 2017|
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Response from Maryann W | Reviewed this property |
That's the time I went. They thrive on the interaction. Also the two from the show are not the dolphins you swim with. 3:30 was perfect. Last swim of the day. It felt like they took longer with us. Enjoy!!!
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