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“Dolphins Plus a Plus”

Dolphins Plus Bayside
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2-Day Miami South Beach Adventure from Orlando
Ranked #9 of 73 things to do in Key Largo
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Owner description: Welcome to Dolphins Plus! Here, our guests have the exciting opportunity to observe and interact with our marine mammal friends in a unique and stimulating environment. Our guests can experience our dolphins in their natural seawater homes on the Gulf of Mexico (Bayside) in Key Largo, Florida. Along with getting to interact with our marine mammals, guests will learn all about these amazing creatures, and the importance of marine conservation, from our knowledgeable and well-trained staff of trainers and instructors. Our dolphin swims are available to the public throughout the year and are a great addition to your Florida vacation. Meet and interact with our dolphins in our hands-on Structured and Shallow Water Dolphin Swims or snorkel freely alongside the dolphins in our Guided Natural Dolphin Swim program for the dolphin encounter of a lifetime. Our dolphins are always happy to meet new friends. So, come on over and jump on in. We’ll see you at Dolphins Plus.
Reviewed August 3, 2012

I took my 8 year old nephew here as part of our summer vacation. As with most kids he's infatuated with Winter, star of the movie Dolphin Tale. So after seeing Winter in Clearwater, we drove to Key Largo to swim with the dolphins. Very much worth the drive. We started off in a large group for a 45 minute dolphin talk about the facility and dolphin anatomy. All the while the dolphins were swimming behind us. After the talk, my nephew and I were assigned a dolphin, Grace, and a trainer, Todd, and paired with a couple from Kansas. Todd and Grace gave the four of us their undivided attention -- well Grace swam off a couple of times to play with her pal Zoe, but that was part of what made Dolphins Plus so endearing. The dolphins are not made to "play" if they don't want to. Grace always came back after a couple laps and we continued where we left off. Each small group stayed in the water as long as it took to complete a training session with their assigned dolphin. We were never rushed.

I had made reservations in advance for the Structured swim and the photo CD. While I thought the price of the photo CD was steep, I ordered one believing this a once in a lifetime experience. It was worth the money. We received a CD of 144 pictures -- all of them of high quality. We were allowed to look at the photos in the lab while they burned the CD. And they inlcuded stock photos of all the dolphins at their facility which was a nice addtion to the CD. As an alternative, you could ask the other people in your small group to take photos of you in the water if they were willing. Or if there's a person in your party not swimming, they could take photos as well.

A great experience. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed July 26, 2012

My husband and I just went to Dolphins Plus yesterday and it was absolutely incredible. They had a very informative briefing prior to the Structured Swim and Kate was very excited about her talk. You could definately tell she LOVED her job. Trainer Ted was great and made sure to make it fun! Would do this again in a heartbeat. Spend the money, it is definately worth it. Next time we are going to try the Natural Swim.

2  Thank Rebekah N
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Excellent swim with the dolphins....we did the structured swim at 3pm and had a great time. The staff was very helpful and informative, really understanding the needs of both swimmers and dolphins. Prior to entering the water we were given a nice talk about the expectations and also about the life of a dolphin. She talked about the anatomy of the dolphin and really helped the swimmers understand what they would be doing while in the water. We weren't going to purchase the CD of pictures (because of the price) but opted to and they were AMAZING!!! I was amazed at how well the dolphins were cared for and loved by all trainers. Dolhins Plus is a MUST!!!

1  Thank Melissa D
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Went to Key Largo 11th july 12 to swim with dolphins and can only say AMAZING.the staff are superb and I can only say if its the one thing u want to do then this is the best place to go.You are in a lagoon not a swimming pool so its in the dolphins own enviroment.A+++++

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Took our son there to swim with the dolphins. Very well done and organized. The trainers are wonderful and spend a ton of time with each person!!! Do this while you are there!!!

1  Thank Renee0123
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