Dolphin Research Center

Dolphin Research Center    

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Non Profit 501(c)(3) Providing Sanctuary and a Forever Home since 1984. Bring your family to meet our family at Dolphin Research Center, a nonprofit marine mammal education and research …
Non Profit 501(c)(3) Providing Sanctuary and a Forever Home since 1984. Bring your family to meet our family at Dolphin Research Center, a nonprofit marine mammal education and research facility. Most of the dolphins were born here representing multiple generations. Others, and the sea lions, came from rescues or other facilities. We provide a loving, forever home for all. Experience their different “dolphinalities” in sessions that include high-flying acrobatics, research, playtime, and training. Enjoy educational presentations in our theater. Choose from a number of fun-filled interactive programs including swimming with dolphins! The dolphins choose to participate, forging connections that inspire champions for conservation in our world.

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Feb 12, 2024
A truly wonderful place. Our child really enjoyed the researcher for a day experience. He learned a lot about dolphin behavior and health and even helped collect data, including when a pod of wild do… Full review by MTPGoHoos
Jan 24, 2024
Highlight of our trip to the Keys. The facility is undergoing renovations, so it was a little disappointing. But we petted and shook hands with a dolphin so it was worth it. They have about 27 dolphi… Full review by coteb39
Jan 22, 2024
Could be a good place. No sea lions. They were redoing but did not give notice. If you go after 2p m. Chance for two dolphin shows only. We figured it would be two hours to go around. With no sea lio… Full review by mikebV2125RZ
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Date founded:1984

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I will be going with two kids, 9 & 7. Should we do the “play with dolphin” or the “family splash with dolphin” the time frame …
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I will be going with two kids, 9 & 7. Should we do the “play with dolphin” or the “family splash with dolphin” the time frame is the same. The duration seems to be the same according to the website, is there any difference between the two?
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The difference is during the Play program, you stay on the floating platform and interact with the dolphins from out of the water, while during the Splash program, you interact with …
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The difference is during the Play program, you stay on the floating platform and interact with the dolphins from out of the water, while during the Splash program, you interact with the dolphins from the waist-deep inwater platform!
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Answer by Christina E · Jun 27, 2022
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We are visiting Marathon in April but have limited time. Which would be better, the Dolphin Encounter or the Aquarium? …
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We are visiting Marathon in April but have limited time. Which would be better, the Dolphin Encounter or the Aquarium? Not interested in getting in the water, just want a 2 hour time filler for older teenagers.
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If your kids have always enjoyed dolphins go to research center for sure. You can just walk around and not get in the water. You can see the dolphins up close.
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Answer by John H · Feb 9, 2021
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We are making a special trip to DRC for my daughter’s birthday, and we are thinking about getting her the trainer for the …
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We are making a special trip to DRC for my daughter’s birthday, and we are thinking about getting her the trainer for the day package. She says she wants to be a marine biologist! My husband and I don’t really want to swim with the dolphins or anything, but we would love to watch her. My question is... it’s a day long, educational program. How much would we get to see of her participating in it?
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Well I don’t work there but have swam with the dolphins. Changed my life. Encourage your daughter to be a marine vet. Not a lot of lucrative employment for marine biologists.
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Answer by Jack C · May 4, 2020
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