Dolphin Research Center

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Dolphin Research Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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. Watch and learn all about these amazing animals including dolphin maternity, social groupings, physiology, natural abilities and more. 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, Family Dolphin Splash, Ultimate Trainer for a Day, VIP Experience half-day program, Researcher Experience half-day program and Paint with a Dolphin. Most of our dolphins were born here. Others have come to us for reasons -- including those who were injured and rescued as youngsters and deemed non-releasable by the government. We provide them with a safe, healthy, happy home for life.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Michfox01
San Francisco, CA8 contributions
Don’t buy a ticket!
Oct 2021 • Couples
I came here thinking it was actually a research and rehab center. This is nothing more than exploitation of dolphins! Please educate yourself on the dolphin captive industry. It’s horrific! Besides how they are captured around the world, they are starved to do tricks for humans. When you buy a ticket, you are DIRECTLY contributing to the capture and slaughter of dolphins! Google dolphin project
Written October 15, 2021
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Judy H
Bolivia, NC33 contributions
Awesome
Sep 2021 • Couples
A must!!! Stayed for 2 hours. They have different shows. It is amazing what this dolphins do. So smart. The trainers seem to really love them. Highly suggest to go.
Written September 26, 2021
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Tori
29 contributions
It's worth the trip
Sep 2021 • Couples
Nice facility.
We watched them work with 4 older females who were in age from their 20's to 40s!
Watch adolescent males wrestling too.
There was no power point presentation/ movie tho it's advertised & the trainers direct you to go see it.
The Sea lions were "unavailable" as well.
The only "bad" thing is they don't rehab & release here. They keep them forever but teach them tricks & communication.
They really push their extra encounters like swimming with them but I don't, personally, feel right about doing that. I feel they should be released if possible.
Written September 22, 2021
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370theresas
Bonita Springs, FL60 contributions
A wonderful magical place
Aug 2021
The DRC is a fantastic place. The animals and the people are wonderful. Education at it's best. The dolphins are so happy and so eager to play and learn. A wonderful place for the whole family!
Written September 4, 2021
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startwiththeendinmin
Calgary, Canada210 contributions
Fun and insightful but quite expensive
Aug 2021 • Family
Fascinating to engage with the dolphins - cost $210 regular admission $25. Interactive session lasts 45 minutes. Digital photos are $50 so all when there are two people.
Written August 11, 2021
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Jamie L
7 contributions
Dolphin encounter 100%
Aug 2021 • Family
Best experience I have ever had. The trainers have so much love for their dolphins. The dolphins seem very happy and are extremely intelligent. The hands on experience was outstanding. We got to do a dorsal fin pull, held their flippers, rubbed their backs, played a guessing game with the dolphins, give them commands, and kisses. I took my 17yr old and she loved it. I can't wait to come back with my other kids. Totally worth the experience. Highly reccomend this place.
Written August 11, 2021
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C H
Oconomowoc, WI25 contributions
Impressed!!!
Aug 2021 • Family
We love Dolphins but have never had the opportunity to ever swim with them. I finally decided to splurge a bit for my wife's birthday. I must say I was impressed at how well run and professional it is there. It might seem like alot of money for the Dolphin Encounter but it's well worth it. To be able to do a dorsel pull with these dolphins was amazing!!! My wife and son had a blast. The trainers are some of the best in the world. Mallory was ours and she rocked!! I might even try and swing the private session next time. If you have the extra money just do it. Your kids will really enjoy it and so will you.
Written August 6, 2021
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jhernandez929
Jacksonville, FL26 contributions
Do it!!
Aug 2021 • Family
Was questioning if the money is worth it…yes! Swam with the dolphins and the whole family had an amazing day. So impressed
Written August 3, 2021
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SMS
4 contributions
Fun Day with the Dolphins
Jul 2021
We had a large group mixed with adults and teenagers. Each person who did the Dolphin interaction LOVED it! Mallory was our trainer and she made it so much fun. I would defintely suggest this activity for anyone visiting Marathon area.
Written July 31, 2021
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Douglas R
Chesapeake, OH102 contributions
Dolphin swim
Jul 2021 • Family
Each staff member that we encountered was very helpful and courteous with all my questions. The kids participated in the dolphin encounter, which is the program that you’re able to swim with the dolphins and they’ll do activities with you in the water. There are different programs that you could choose, if you didn’t want to swim with dolphins, but still interact with them. Make sure to take sun screen and towels. You’ll need both!!
Written July 22, 2021
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