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Theater of the Sea

4,469 reviews
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Islamorada, FL, USA
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About Theater of the Sea
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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When in Islamorada, visit the Theater of the Sea attraction with this general admission ticket, granting you access to the animal shows and a guided tour of the park. Enjoy shows featuring dolphins, sea lions, and parrots and park attractions with sharks, turtles, and stingrays. Create the perfect itinerary: See the shows, take a glass-bottom boat tour to explore the local wildlife, or relax at the nearby lagoon.
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$38.64 per adult
Eco-Adventure and Snorkel Cruise
5 reviews
See the Florida Keys like they used to be thanks to this 4-hour trip combining snorkeling and historic sightseeing around Islamorada. Discover numerous species and coral and fish during a snorkeling trip to a nearby reef, and then learn about the colorful history of the Keys at Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park and Indian Key Historic State Park.
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$123.65 per adult
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Reviewed yesterday

Theatre of the sea really went above and beyond for us and our daughter, our daughter has special needs and the trainer Bionca and dolphin Skipper really made her birthday special - they accommodated us and were very patient , took time out to make...More

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Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Everyone was very friendly and encouraged my daughter who was a little nervous at first that she could do everything the adults where doing. We truly enjoyed swimming with the dolphins.

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Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

We were very pleased with the short wait times between shows. All staff were very friendly and answered any questions. The only thing we didn't like was paying over $100 per person to wade with a dolphin just to get maybe 5mins tops with the...More

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Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Great place! All the trainers and staff were wonderful and super friendly. Enjoyed the lagoon beach and the shows. If you have a chance to do a “meet” or “swim” experience I would highly recommend.

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Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

I bought the Swim with Dolphins experience and it was fantastic. My kids did the swim with dolphins experience in Miami Seaquarium which was great and as such I decided to try myself in the Theater of the Sea. In the Theater of the Sea,...More

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Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Everything went like clockwork easy to find and the staff were very helpful, well worth a visit if you plan to go to Key Largo

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Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Theater of the sea is a great little place with shows that were both entertaining and informative. One thing I will say is try this extra activities, they're so worth the time and money. I did the turtle interaction but next time the sea lion...More

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Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A terrific experience! Well worth it! The shows were educational, entertaining and it was clear that the stars (dolphins, sea lions, parrots, etc.) are well-cared for. I highly recommend for anyone next time you’re in the Keys!!

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Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My family and I spent the day at Theater of the Sea and we all had a wonderful time. I even swam with the sea lions! It was worth every penny and I would recommend this attraction to any animal lover!

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Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

They have all the tours spaced out to where you will be able to see everything without running from show to show. Family loved seeing the dolphin. All of the staff were helpful and friendly was asked any questions. Would definitely recommend stopping by for...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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David J
Theater of the Sea vs Dolphin Research Center Having checked, there are questions similar to this, one from 10 years ago and another inconclusive thread from a couple of years back. So here goes. My question is around the ethics of marine animals in captivity. How can we make an informed decision on which facility to visit? the DRC is "not for profit", and seems more focused on rehabilitation and education. TotS seems more entertainment based...does that make it less progressive in its treatment of the animals? I cant see much difference elsewhere either - maybe TofS is more expensive by $25 for the interactive element? I just want to have my children have an experience I wasn't allowed as a kid - but not at the price of in any way funding their mistreatment (of the dolphins, not the kids :) Thanks, David.
January 31, 2019|
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Response from animalcare | Property representative |
David J, thank you for you inquiry. Many of our animals at Theater of the Sea are rescues including dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, and crocodilians. The health and wellbeing of the animals takes precedence over all other... More
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Yes you can take your own photos and can take a camera in the water during programs.
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