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Dolphin Research Center

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Dolphin Research Center is a nonprofit education and research facility. Home to a family of dolphins and sea lions, we offer fun-filled narrated behavior sessions and educational presentations every half an hour. During your visit you can watch and...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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58901 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Dolphin Research Center has more than 20 dolphins and a few sea lions. We opted for the general admission, which is $25 pp, since this was our first visit and we wanted to scope it out. They do offer various dolphin interactions for an...More

Thank EmeraldEyes03
Reviewed 4 days ago

The establishment has 26 dolphins living in various sea water pools right on the ocean. They also offer swimming with dolphins and dolphin encounters such as stroking a dolphin. Nearly all the dolphins are captive bred. They do not rescue as wild dolphins carry a...More

Thank trazzer b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredible place. WE totally love FLAGLER !!!!! He is the beautiful dolphin my son got to play with.They are beautiful intelligent animals and they have several there you can see swimming around and doing tricks.I love this place.Hopefully we are going to go again during...More

Thank woopsidaisey
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Flagler, and all of the dolphins and sea lions, are totally loveable! We're so glad that you had a great time at DRC and that your son enjoyed playing with Flagler. We look forward to you coming back during the holidays. Unfortunately, we can't take...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good: dolphins were smart, we interacted with them up close Bad: Danielle, our dolphin trainer wasn’t personable and friendly. She seemed put off by us. She answered our questions, had the dolphins do their tricks but seemed to robotically go through the motions. Also, you...More

Thank thevuzoo
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for providing the feedback about your visit. Which program did you do? Each dolphin session typically lasts around 25 minutes. This time frame helps keep things enriching and fun for the dolphins, no matter what activity they're involved in at the time -...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a gem of a place. We went two days in a row. The first day we took the teens, gave them the $199 Dolphin Encounter per kid and they were both were very happy with the experience.The ride behind the dolphins was thrilling...More

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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for visiting - and then for visiting again! We love that you and your family had great times and enjoyed being here with all of the animals and the staff. You're right! Next time, you need to interact with the dolphins, too....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found the dolphin encounter program. While $199 may seem high, it is more than worth it. You are on the water with them, they cruis e by for a rub, two pull you in a circle by their dorsal fins, then you get a...More

Thank Tripp B
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're so glad to know that you not only had a great time doing the Dolphin Encounter, but that you feel we delivered good value for you with the program. We take our guests' experiences to heart and want you and the dolphins to really...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a dolphin family splash and it was just incredible being able to get in the water with these amazing animals who seemed to have as much fun as we did! My other half was skeptical about booking an attraction in which you see...More

Thank Tanya W
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your willingness to visit Dolphin Research Center, learn about us, and experience our mission and activities in person. As you discovered, the wellbeing and happiness of the dolphins and sea lions are always our greatest priority. We are happy to know...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must see activity in the Grassy Key north of Marathon. We elected to become a yearly member which turned out to be a better choice than just admission.

Thank T8769NUdavide
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for joining our family of members. We are happy to know that you had a great time and look forward to welcoming you again in the future!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I read a few of the negative comments about it not being worth the admission. Even if you didn't find it thrilling, just remind yourself that your admission is going to an amazing cause. These people work hard to provide for these marine mammals, and...More

Thank Emma S
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

So glad that you had a great experience in DolphinLab. Hopefully we'll see you back here for one of the advanced classes, too! Thanks so much for being part of the family and sharing about your experience with others!

Reviewed August 16, 2018

We spent an incredible day learning about dolphins and their training. The staff here (special shout out to Wade) are very passionate and knowledgeable about what they do and eager to share this with guests. Being able to interact closely with the dolphins in a...More

Thank Rob W
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're so glad that you had a great day experiencing and learning about the dolphins and how we care for them. Thank you so much for spending time with the DRC family. We'll make sure to share your comments with Wade, too!

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Allison N
August 8, 2018|
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Response from Mike C | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple options to chose from, prices are on their website. We did the dolphin experience, it was $200. Pretty standard pricing for most places. My kids loved it, they also had plenty of first hand interaction... More
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Carrie S
August 3, 2018|
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Response from DolphinResearchCtr | Property representative |
Hello. Dolphin Research Center is happy to welcome guests with special needs. We are committed to providing access to our interactive programs. So, it really depends on your brother, his age, what he's interested in doing... More
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NOregrets-Traveler
December 6, 2017|
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Response from DolphinResearchCtr | Property representative |
Thanks for your interest in Dolphin Research Center. Depending on what you'd like to do, you can simply come in under general admission and watch the dolphins and sea lions in a variety of different narrated behavior... More
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