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“Thrill of the vacation!”
Review of Theater of the Sea

Theater of the Sea
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Theater of the Sea General Admission
Ranked #1 of 59 things to do in Islamorada
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
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“Thrill of the vacation!”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

What a treat for our family, especially those of us who swam with the dolphins. They will never forget the hands on experience and the friendly trainers who showed them what to do.

Visited November 2012
Thank Rindy T
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Great way to spend half a day”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

We had a three week vacation in Florida (including 10 days at Disney) and 'swimming with the dolphins' here was the highlight of my wife's entire vacation. The park looks worn and in need of some sprucing up. They put on shows in different areas with birds or marine animals and this is entertaining for small children but adults would probably not be too thrilled with. I would say the park itself is not worth the admission price BUT this IS a tourist area and we are trapped in it while here and have to find ways to entertain the kids so given that, the price isn't too bad. There is a nice little food place in the middle of the park and we liked their gift shop better than most the other ones we visited in the keys.

Visited October 2012
Thank Tony D
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Key Largo, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Family time outdoors!”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

My family from Arizona and in the Keys visited and did this famiy outing. ages 3-78
our 3 yr olds (my grandsons)loved seeing everything up close(I live in Key Largo)
adults also enjoyed it. the best dolphins and marine show. this place is safe for young children. you may see the shows over and stay as long as you want to. The gift shop is amazing. I always recommend this attraction when I get visitors.
It is clean and well cared for. new to me was the alligator viewing glass enclosure outside. so you could view close up.
go early as they close by 4pm.

Visited June 2012
Thank arlene806
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“BEAUTIFUL on the outside.....HORRIFIC on the inside!!!”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

The landscaping on the outside as you enter the parking lot is breathtaking!!!! So well maintained!! But the minute you walk through the gift shop, out the little door past where you pay for admittance, you enter a dirty, poorly maintained park. Half of the cages where the should be animals (good signage) are empty! The "beach" that you can enjoy if you wish once you enter is all the way to the back, down a neat, shaded path, but upon arrival is a small sand box and puddle of water. We were sadly disappointed with our visit! We had always wanted to go here, being that we're local...kind of glad we went for free, because if I had paid, I wouldv'e been very upset!! DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!

Visited July 2012
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“Very Good Time”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

My wife, two kids ages 7 and 11, and myself went during our stay in Islamorada over Thanksgiving. This is an excellent way to see and learn about dolphins and other marine animals as well as mangrove swamps. You don't have to think about what you want to do when you are there. Every 30 minutes they start a new show or tour. You just jump in on the one they are doing when you get there and go where they direct you when the are done each show (about 5 in all). You are done in 2 1/2 hours.

Visited November 2012
Thank Larrich2
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