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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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
St. Louis , MO
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2013

This place was very special. I've been there at least 6 times and each time is more fun than the visit before. This year, I was actually brave enough to swim with the dolphins. It was great! I highly recommend it. The dolphins get to push you around in the water and you can hug them and grab on to them and they will pull you across the pool. The dolphin show was the same "script" as the previous visits and I could easily predict what's next, but it was still entertaining. The "lagoons" of fish and sharks and turtles are amazing too, you can see a lot of cool stuff. The staff was not mean, but not the most friendly I have seen, but I had a blast. They even have a beach there, which was perfect after a day of touring. I can't wait to go back!

Visited July 2013
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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2013

We had a fabulous day here, they have dolphin, sea lion and other shows and as it is so small it is all very up close and personal, you are never more than a few rows from the front. The best bit is the little lagoon, it's like a tiny man made beach by a pool of water with loads of massive fish in! We bought snorkels and my two boys literally snorkled and swam with these fish for hours. There were also these massive iguana's flopping off the trees and straight into the water and literally swimming across to the other side! It's a small place, hardly any walking and decent little outside cafe. Def worth a visit if you have kids!

Visited August 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fun for all ages”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

What a great little place this was. Beyond the invaluable work they do for the local wildlife, the shows were entertaining and educational. My daughter had a blast and so did the adults in our party.

Visited August 2013
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Chester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Small and friendly”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Lovely place to go with the family with options to swim with dolphins, rays and sharks, my husband and son chose to swim with the sharks and both enjoyed it immensely. The park is small but has shows throughout the day including parrots and dolphins, there was also a short boat trip and nature walk. At the end of the park there is a little beach where you can hire snorkels etc to check out the underwater life. We spent the whole day there but there is the option of leaving the park possibly for lunch and then re entering later in the day.

Visited August 2013
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Central Florida
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89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Personal Sea World”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

This was such a nice cozy theme park. alot of fun and very personal. Staff was very friendly and overall a fun place to visit. We have been coming to the keys since the 80's saying we need to stop sometime, we need to stop sometime and now we feel we should stop a few more times !!

Visited September 2012
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