Dolphin Research Center, Marathon

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Dolphin Research Center, Marathon - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 58901 Overseas Highways, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019, United States

Phone: +1-3052891121

Ticket Price: 25 USD

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

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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.

Restaurants Near Dolphin Research Center

  • Food can be bought at the DRC itself.

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  • I have been here twice in the past 10 years and I really love the dolphin research center. The staff is friendly and welcoming and the dolphins and other sea animals are well cared for and happy. Most of the dolphins cannot safely return to the wild and so this is their new home. They are not forced to perform , in fact they seem so happy to be playing and interacting with their trainers. Even when there are no scheduled programs its nice to sit in the shade and watch the dolphins swim and play with their friends , and they like to watch you as well and frequently come to the surface to check you out or talk to you. I look forward to coming back in the future and contributing to the care of this majestic and intelligent mammals.

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  • One of the greatest experience anyone young or old can imagine. Very informative and polite staff you can find in grassy key. I recommend this as the greatest hot spots when visiting the fabulous Florida keys.

  • It is a totally amazing experience! The dolphins - incredible! The tour's a must!! AND EVERY PERSON THERE IS so knowledgeable & friendly! Can't find a nicer way to spend the day! Thank you Everyone! 💖🐬 Love, Liz, Stella & Tracy

  • Wonderful place! Always something to do or see. We couldn't afford the swimming or meeting the dolphins but that was just fine. All dolphins are interactive with guest. It's an all day pass once you pay so if you need a break you could come back later. Staff was excellent and even while working they took time to answer questions. Spent around four hours watching different training sessions because there is always something going on. Well worth the $22.

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  • You can get a good education in a very fun way by visiting the dolphins and the humans here as well. It took us about 3 hours to go through, but you can see it on your own time table. Choose a more personal encounter if you wish, depending on how much you want to spend. Gift shop as well.

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