Dolphin Research CenterCurrently 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
Dolphin Research Center - Review
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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95% of people who visit Marathon include Dolphin Research Center in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
62.57% of people start their Dolphin Research Center visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Dolphin Research Center
93.22% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Dolphin Research Center
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Dolphin Research Center, Marathon Reviews
This is a great place to visit! We stopped here while on vacation and were amazed by the love these dolphins receive. Its easy to get around and not crowded at all. The small shows were fun and it was affordable for my daughter to spend time with the dolphins up close. Lots to see and a great way to spend a few hours. Nice little gift shop on the way out and even the food truck on site made a killer sandwich for us before hitting the road
This is one of my favorite places on Earth! Great facilities, amazing staff, and top notch education programs. This is a great place to spend the day, and keep going back! Don't miss out on an interactive program, you will fall in love with the dolphins in an experience you will never forget!
We booked a Dolphin encounter experience for our daughter - it was a very unique and outstanding experience! The staff is very very friendly and helpful and they really do care for the animals. The commercial aspect is definitely not in the foreground and the whole place is very relaxed and gives the impression of a family run business. Great staff, great experience and apparently very happy animals.
I had a wonderful time swimming with the dolphins and learning about your facility. The trainers are amazing (shout out to Alex and Noel). Many thanks to Jodi for your help, I really appreciate you listening and how you went the extra mile. I highly recommend DRC!!
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"
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