Dolphin Research Center

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

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.

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

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

  • Food can be bought at the DRC itself.

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  • Dolphin Research Center Address: 58901 Overseas Highways, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019, United States, Marathon
  • Dolphin Research Center Contact Number: +1-3052891121
  • Dolphin Research Center Timing: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm
  • Dolphin Research Center Price: 25 USD
  • Time required to visit Dolphin Research Center: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Marathon include Dolphin Research Center in their plan

  • 87.1% of people start their Dolphin Research Center visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Dolphin Research Center

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Dolphin Research Center

People normally club together Hawks Cay Resort and Keys Cable Park while planning their visit to Dolphin Research Center.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Definitely worth a stop, a must see! Staff was very informative and helpful. Paid extra to touch the dolphins and well worth it!

  • Was a great trip to bring the family. My boys, age 16, enjoyed themselves very much. They enjoyed this swim even more than at Orlando's Discovery Cove. The Dolphin Research Center swim was much more interactive with the Dolphins. And, the staff was super friendly, especially a sweet young girl named Lindsey, who obviously loves her job and sharing her knowledge of the Dolphins and other sea life. Great experience overall! 5 stars!

  • Wonderful place to be at the staff is very nice and they know their knowledge about all their dolphins. Dolphins are nice too. Great place to be at with the family.

  • This place is definitely worth visiting the Dolphins are treated so nicely and the trainers love what they do. The sea lions are also really cool. Also if you have an opportunity definitely swim with the Dolohins it is an experience you won't forget.

  • 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

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