Dolphin Research Center, Marathon

Currently Open [Closes at 04:30 pm]
  • Address: 58901 Overseas Highways, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019, United States, Marathon
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-3052891121
  • Ticket Price: 25 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Water Body, Waterfront, Water Park, Observatory, Family And Kids, Nature
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About Dolphin Research Center, Marathon

Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions – that’s what you’re here to see. And boy can you get up close and personal with these fellas. Every 30 minutes, there’s a presentation on dolphin behaviour. The staffs are always talkative about their charges, so ask them anything. The dolphins themselves are always eager to people watch, and watching their group dynamics are fascinating. There’s a cute little mini-water park you and your kids can indulge in if you’re so inclined, called the Spray ground.

The Dolphinarium has a keen interest in making the trip especially fun for war veterans – that’s why they have the Veteran Gardens, a tranquil section created by the veterans of the Vietnam War.

For a steep additional price of $200, you can go for private encounters, which is a lot more personal experience of interaction. Book that way in advance though.

Dolphin Research Center Information

  • Pathways and restrooms are handicap accessible.
  • You can bring harnessed pets.

Dolphin Research Center Ticket Prices

  • General admission: USD 25
  • Military and Veterans: USD 22
  • Children 4-12: USD 20
  • Free for children under 3.

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  • Food can be bought at the DRC itself.

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Dolphin Research Center, Marathon Reviews

  • Fantastic place to interact with dolphins in very rare natural lagoons in Gulf of Mexico not cement tanks. In water swims or dock based encounters to suit your comfort or abilities. Wonderful place for kids & adults alike to learn about these magnificent beings. Large population of dolphins from very young to mid forties. Bloodlines direct to THE Original Flipper. Californa Sea Lions also on site are a great added treat. Staff places priority on all the animals & show a genuine connection & affection for them. This non-profit facility is highly worthy of your time & support. It is a "MUST STOP"

  • Dolphins are fascinating to watch and interact with any chance one gets and this is a very worthwhile stop to make to do just that. The staff are well trained and caring and truly love their work and it shows. You can easily learn as much or as little as you care to as the trainers and staff are all very willing and encourage questions. The dolphins themselves are truly fortunate to find themselves here - it’s a rehab and retirement home for many species as well as some sea lions. These creatures have hit the lottery here go see for yourself 👍👍👍👍👍

  • Very nice experience with friends and their four years old daughter that enjoyed the “play with the dolphins” activity !! Even tho the hurricane damaged their facility, they kept it workable and very client friendly and easy to travel around. Dolphins are happy to play and some look for the attention and really enjoy the show they give to the people. I would go anytime again and it was worth every penny to see dolphins as close as 8 feet away from us. Many informative cardboards around the site to learn more about their life Very very fun !!!!!!! 🐬🐬🐬

  • Excellent place to experience dolphins. The difference between the Dolphin Research Center and other places which have dolphins is the intimate setting in which you get to interact with the dolphins. They love people and swim up and watch you. They will talk with you. It's such a neat and unique experience.

  • Go here! Don't miss it. An absolute must see. The staff is so friendly and helpful and you learn so much about dolphins. It is not exactly cheap but our family's got a membership and it was about $100 for the 5 of us. Plus it is good for a year and you get additional guest passes. There was constant action.

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