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Review of Theater of the Sea

Theater of the Sea
Ranked #7 of 64 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: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 20, 2013

What a great, small vacation spot, we loved it. Shows were just long enough to keep my daughter entertained without being bored. Loved the staff's enthusiasm, they were very entertaining and friendly. Swimming with the dolphins was very fun but my daughter just absolutely loved painting with Wilbur the sea lion. What a great one on one experience for her, she is still raving about it. A really great addition to our trip here in the Keys. Thank you

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

This place was awesome! Not only are there shows and boat ride entertainments, but there is also a little Beach area you can just relax at and also swim with the fish in. Simply beautiful! !

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Great place to spend the day. The boat ride with the dolphins was great! The walking tour with the guide is not to be missed. So much information given about the animals that have been rescued. The "beach" is really small area and share it with swimming iguanas. Definitly worth the price and the time.

Thank islelvr
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

For 8 years, we have visited here and have always enjoyed our visit. The animals are here because they were rescued or were domestically raised. There is a dolphin show (and swim if you wish) which is incredible. The trainers have a real affection for the dolphins and do amazing tricks with them. The parrot show is both informative and fascinating, as is the Sea Lion. The rescued turtles show us what damage we can do when careless. In the last 4 years, the iguanas, who were not brought in but came somehow, have grown enormous. Unfortunately, they love all the beautiful orchids that use to be around. My only disappointment is in the food but that is not part of the show.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

I went to TOTS 10 days ago and I loved it. Swimming with the dolphins was one of the greatest experience of my life. The place is beautiful and you have the chance to see many diferent animals such as sea lions, parrots, huge turtles, etc. Don't miss the boat ride and the sea lions show! But the swim with the dolphins program is definitely your best option if you want to interact with this awesome and smart animals.

Thank Cristina R
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