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“Wonderful place!”
Review of Theater of the Sea

Theater of the Sea
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$123.65*
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$36.50*
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Theater of the Sea General Admission
Ranked #1 of 62 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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 16, 2013

I came here with my family and definitely enjoyed myself. Here, you can swim with the dolphins and stingrays, watch a sea lion and bird show, get food and have a great time. Worth it for a great experience you'll never forget!

Thank Jennifer J
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Its been a dream of mine to interact with dolphins, so we took the splurge and spent a day at the Theatre of the Sea. Wasn't sure what to expect, but what a charming place! We had a wonderful time and loved the experience. We did the dolphin wade (the water was COLD) but really enjoyed it. They have you do different commands with the animals, which include dolphin "singing", kisses, hugs, and rubs. There were other kids there doing the swim and it was fun to watch them. Definitely recommend the wet suit.

We spent the rest of the time seeing the dolphin show (amazing!), sea lion show, wildlife walk, and short boat road. We ate lunch during the parrot show. The facility is not too big which in a way is nice, b/c its easy to get around (albeit narrow in spots). They also have a small lagoon area where you can feed some beautiful parrot fish. We also were intrigued by the turtle rehab work they did.

Only complaint was that the check in process was a bit chaotic and slow. (Note that there will be cats walking across your paperwork and a possum in a cage behind the desk.) It stung the wallet a bit, but worth it. Overall a great trip! Want to come back and take my 3 year old son.

1  Thank jazua81
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

It doesn't have the size, scope, or glitz of bigger attractions but the good work of the folks here is well worth seeing and supporting. We swam with the stingrays and went to all of the other shows/tours. Since it's smaller than other venues, everything felt almost like a personal tour/experience. Recommended.

Thank avy8r
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Four of us (ages 45-55) stopped by Theater of the Sea not expecting much. We were really surprised. We showed up just in time for the circuit. There is an extremely short boat ride during which you get up close and personal with dolphins. The three shows, birds, dolphins, and sealions, were informative and entertaining. Like I said, we were not expecting too much and each of us said we had a great time. That said, don't expect much of the "swim beach." It took us about 2 hours to see everything.

1  Thank Thatsmyrita
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Very cool place...The marine life was very cool and the dolphin show was great. Definitely worth the price of admission.

Thank Jim P
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