We rented a house for two weeks just across the bay from the Dolphin Research Center and knew our 2 year old would love it. If you are staying nearby and think you may make multiple visits during your vacation, I highly recommend becoming a member. The staff is helpful and can explain the membership levels to you. The price of a year-long membership was almost the same as the daily rate for 4 adults and one toddler. By becoming members we were able to bring back two guests on another date and had free admission for the two of us and our toddler as many times as we liked. This is a great little non-profit and it is much more personable than a SeaWorld type place. You can watch most of the dolphin sessions under a covered walkway (so nice to be out of the sun!) and my toddler was thrilled to see the dolphins up close. There was also a splash pad, a cute little waterfall fountain, and low-key educational games that you can do as you please. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable and took questions at every session I attended. I would highly recommend this over any of the more show-oriented attractions in the Keys.
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