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Dolphin Research Center

#1 of 1 things to do in Grassy Key Features Animals
58901 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019
+1 305-289-1121
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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 learn all about these amazing animals including dolphin maternity, social groupings, physiology, natural abilities and more. You'll see how we care for them, how we're working with them in cognition and behavioral research and the importance of conserving them and their ocean habitat. DRC also offers a variety of interactive programs including the Dolphin Encounter swim program, Ultimate Trainer for a Day, Trainer Experience half-day program, Researcher Experience half-day program and Paint with a Dolphin. We are actively involved in programs for people with Special Needs, as well as veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project, Military families, and others. Most of our dolphins were born here. Others have come to us for a variety of reasons -- including those who were injured and rescued as youngsters and later deemed non-releasable by the government. We are deeply committed to providing all of them with a safe, healthy, happy home for life. The well-being of the dolphins and sea lions is our top priority. Your visit and participation in programs supports the care of our marine mammal family, the maintenance of their natural sea water home, and the rest of our mission to educate others about these animals and the importance of conservation. Thank you for your interest in Dolphin Research Center!
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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58901 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very important to visit the Dolphine Research Center for an important reason. The fees for enterance go to the research to a non prophit organization in which many volanteers serve there. The show is very nice especialy for kids. Visit and donate.

Thank menachemle
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a very exciting and educating time at the DRC. Lots of nice shows and inspiring lectures at the Dolphin Theater. It seams that the dolphins and the sea lions really enjoy being there. The fence to the open sea is so low that...More

Thank Per H
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks so much for visiting. We are so glad that you enjoyed spending time seeing the dolphins and sea lions in the narrated sessions and that you also spent time in the theater seeing those presentations. We appreciate your kind comments!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We paid general admission. We went to the sea lion show (10 min max) and a dolphin show (10 min). The aviary had approx 6 birds. The water play area was nice to cool off. The show schedules were posted on two bill boards but...More

Thank Noel2016
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're sorry that you didn't feel that you received good value for your general admission. In a three hour time frame, there should have been more than two narrated sessions with dolphins or sea lions, as well as educational presentations in the theater. We try...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited the center and booked the dolphin encounter. It was even better than we expected. We got to swim with Diva and Windley and my 7 and 9 year old daughters said it was the best thing they have ever done. The staff was...More

Thank spundar78
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We have no doubt that Diva and Windley enjoyed themselves just as much as you and your daughters! Thanks so much for coming to DRC to play with the dolphins and learn more about them. We're so glad you had a great time.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took our two kids, ages 4 and 1, and some 19 year old friends, for a visit to the Dolphin Research Center. The friends had been there 5 years ago and really liked it. Although we enjoyed it, I think my young children will...More

Thank angbeesley
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for your recent visit. We are glad that you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to you coming again in the future!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at Hawks Cay which had onsite dolphin encounter programme which we felt uncomfortable with in terms of space the dolphins had access to and some other aspects (however if we hadn't seen pre visit probably would have booked based on website). We...More

Thank cathrich2015
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

It is so special to read your review and know that you truly understood what we're all about and that you experienced it during your visit and Dolphin Encounter. We know that budgets are always a consideration when on vacation and are delighted that you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best if you have dolphin lovers in the family. We love to stop here on our ways into the keys. The dolphins are very playful,love to interact, and put on a show.

Thank Jeb222
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We love when people make us a regular visit on their trips to the Keys. Hopefully, you're members so you can enjoy free admission for a year with your membership. Thanks so much for visiting and for telling others about us.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an interesting place to visit. They bring dolphins in from other places as well as some were born there which I'm not sure how I feel about that. The staff was extremely friendly and educated. We did a 1:1 encounter which was excellent....More

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

Thank you for your thoughtful comments. To clarify, the animals that have come to our family from other places did so out of different needs. Dolphins Jax, Louie and Summer and sea lion Lina were either sick, injured, or otherwise in distress out in the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

DONT GO! This tourist trap is ludicrously expensive and utterly inadequate. Overcrowded, extremely rude and unhelpful staff and the treatment of the dolphins is very poor. The Director Susan Sorenson was vile and aggressive to us when we made a complaint about our treatment. There...More

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

We're sorry that you had an unpleasant experience that was not resolved before you left. Our staff does their best to work with our customers and it is unusual that we are not able to find common ground. Yes, it's true that we have a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed visiting this non commercialized dolphin visit. Location is fairly natural. Small food location, decent bathrooms and shady places with benches made a very pleasant visit. We chose to meet the dolphins where you sit on dock and dolphins come up to you so...More

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GiddyUp2there
April 4, 2017|
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Response from DolphinResearchCtr | Property representative |
It is possible to book online for Dolphin Encounter the evening before as long as the program is not sold out. Whether you can walk in and purchase the program on the same day also depends on availability. There are only a... More
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thetimeofmylife
April 2, 2017|
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Response from DolphinResearchCtr | Property representative |
We do not offer the Hug the Sea Lion program every day. It all depends on Karen, the sea lion who does the program. Sometimes she has other preferences and we respect that it is always her choice!
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amd92017
February 28, 2017|
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Response from DolphinResearchCtr | Property representative |
I know you're looking for feedback from parents and camp participants and not directly from us. I hope some of them see your question. I can tell you that we are dedicated to providing all of the campers with a great... More
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