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    Swim with Dolphins - The Ultimate Vacation Thrill!

    Get to know a dolphin while you do a variety of fun behaviors together including the exciting dorsal pull!
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    Experience Dolphins and Sea Lions Up Close in an All Natural Setting!

    Experience Family Dolphin Splash - just $99 per person through November 30th. See dolphins & sea lions in fun-filled, interesting sessions and education presentations all day.
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    Meet a Dolphin!

    Make a new dolphin friend in Meet the Dolphin. Free Digital image included!
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    Applications accepted through February 28th! Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) #M072566 and Licensed by the State of Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE) #4766.
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    $99 per person. Join a dolphin in waist-deep water and share a variety of fun, playful games as a group. Great for all ages!
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    The Promise of a Forever Home

    When Jayne and Mandy Rodriguez founded DRC, they made a commitment to the dolphins that they would always be cared for. Whether a dolphin or sea lion is born here, or comes from a rescue or other situation, we provide a healthy, happy, home for life.
Programs
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Dolphin Research Center offers many ways, including swimming with dolphins, where you can interact with dolphins and sea lions. Use the slider below to see the programs and click on the photo to learn more or make a reservation.
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Admission Price:  Adults: $28:00, Military/Veterans (present military ID): $25:00, Children 4-12: $23.00.  Children 3 and under free admission. All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

$3 Off On-line Purchase: Adults: $25.00, Children 4-12: $20.00, Children 3 and under: free.  (May not be combined with other discounts/coupons)

Please note:  General Admission does not include hands-on contact with any marine mammals.  Interactive programs can be purchased separately.

Get our most competitive General Admission rates by purchasing your tickets on-line!  

Purchase a General Admission and spend some time observing the dolphins and sea lions in training sessions or interacting with each other during their private time. Watch your friends and family participate in public programs from one of our general access areas.  

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Price: $199 - includes all-day admission.  (Price does not include On-line Reservation Fee).  

Gift Certificates:  For details visit: http://www.dolphins.org/giftcertificates

Ages: 5 Yrs and Up. A paying participating adult (18+Yrs) must accompany a child 5-7 Yrs

For safety and liability reasons, pregnant ladies are unable to participate in this program

Guests with Disabilities: Do you or one of your group have a physical or cognitive limitation? Please contact our Coordinator prior to booking

Duration: Please plan to be at DRC for up to 2.5 hours from your check-in time.
Your actual program will take place within that time span.
Enjoy watching the dolphins, a theater presentation, our Sprayground, or a snack at the food cart until your program begins.
Your in-water experience will last 20-25 minutes.

Our most popular dolphin program! Includes a dorsal pull.

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Family Dolphin Splash

Price: Special price through November 30, 2018 - $99 per person - includes all-day admission. (Price does not include On-line Reservation Fee)

Ages: 4 Yrs and Up.  A paying, participating adult (18+ Yrs) can hold one child 3 Yrs and under on hip during program for no additional cost. A paying participating adult (18+ Yrs) must accompany children 4-7 Yrs

For safety and liability reasons, pregnant ladies are unable to participate in this program

Guests with Disabilities: Do you or one of your group have a physical or cognitive limitation? Please contact our Coordinator prior to booking

Duration: Approximately 20-25 mins in-water on a submerged platform.

The ideal program for families with young children!

 

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Ultimate Trainer for the Day

Price: $695 - includes all-day admission. (Price does not include On-line Reservation Fee)

Ages: 10 Yrs and Up

For Safety and liability reasons, pregnant ladies are unable to participate in this program

Guests with Disabilities: Do you or one of your group have a physical or cognitive limitation? Please contact our Coordinator prior to booking

Duration: Full Day

THE ULTIMATE TRAINER EXPERIENCE.  Accompany trainers all day during this intensive interactive adventure!

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Price: $475 - includes all-day admission.  (Price does not include On-line Reservation Fee)

Ages: 5 Yrs and Up.  A paying participating adult (18+ Yrs) must accompany children 5-9 Yrs

For safety and liability reasons, pregnant ladies are unable to participate in this program

Guests with Disabilities: Do you or one of your group have a physical or cognitive limitation? Please contact our Coordinator prior to booking

Duration: Half Day (approximately 4 hrs)

Spend a fun-filled half-day close-up with our dolphin and sea lion family!

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Researcher Experience

Price: $475 - includes all-day admission. (Price does not include On-line Reservation Fee)

Ages: 10 Yrs and Up

For safety and liability reasons, pregnant ladies are unable to participate in this program

Guests with Disabilities: Do you or one of your group have a physical or cognitive limitation? Please contact our Coordinator prior to booking

Duration: Half Day (approximately 4 hrs)

Spend half a day with our Research Team!  Observe dolphins and sea lions and help with research related activities

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Play with the Dolphin

Price: $85 including all-day admission. (Price does not include On-line Reservation Fee) Not able to reserve on the day you want? Please call 305-289-0002 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern time) and ask if our staff can help you!

Ages: 4 Yrs and Up.  A paying participating adult (18+ Yrs) must accompany children under 8 Yrs

Guests with Disabilities: Do you or one of your group have a physical or cognitive limitation? Please contact our Coordinator prior to booking

Duration:  Approximately 20-25 mins on the dock

Who will have the most fun - you or the dolphin?

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Paint with a Dolphin

Price: Early Bird Paint with a Dolphin Special - $80. Special price includes admission. (Price does not include On-line Reservation Fee). Not able to reserve the day you want online? Please call 305-289-0002 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern time) and see if our staff can help you!

Reserve online in advance for this morning Paint session only. (Other programs may be scheduled on the day on a first come, first served basis until sold out at the regular price of $65 which does not include General Admission cost. Please ask at the desk when you arrive.)

Ages: 3 Yrs and Up. Children ages 3-7 years must be assisted in the program by an adult (Age 18+) for a small charge of $10. 

Guests with Disabilities: Do you or one of your group have a physical or cognitive limitation? Please contact our Coordinator prior to booking

Duration: Approximately 10 mins on the dock 

Work with our gray artists and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece!

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Meet the Dolphin

Price: $25 per program participant. Does not include all-day admission. Free digital image also included. (Price does not include On-line Reservation Fee). Not able to reserve on the day you want? Please call 305-289-0002 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern time) and ask if our staff can help you!

Ages: 1 Yr and Up. A paying participating adult (18+ Yrs) must accompany children 1-7 Yrs.

Guests with Disabilities: Do you or one of your group have a physical or cognitive limitation? Please contact our Coordinator prior to booking

Duration: Approximately 5 mins 

If you've craved the chance to touch a dolphin, this is for you!

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Dolphin Explorer

Price: $75. No advance reservations. First come first served basis on the day until sold out. Does not include General Admission cost

Ages: 12 Yrs and Up

Guests with Disabilities: Do you or one of your group have a physical or cognitive limitation? Please contact our Coordinator prior to booking

Duration: Approximately 20-25 mins 

Discover the excitement of research while having fun with the dolphins!

Membership
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Being a Dolphin Research Center Member includes free annual admission, newsletters, online access to our Members Only website, special event invitations, discounts at our onsite and online Gift Shops, and other benefits depending on membership level. Membership is great way that you or, as a gift, someone special can support DRC by becoming a member of our extended family.

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Research Spotlight

DRC's staff and dolphins are currently working on a number of cognitive and behavioral research projects that relate to their overarching goal of mapping the dolphin mind and understanding how dolphins think and learn. Check here to see what's in the research spotlight, publication announcements and details of DRC findings. This information is also featured in a bi-monthly newsletter for members.

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Dolphin Research Center Training Institute

The DRC Training Institute offers an Occupational Associate’s Degree in Marine Mammal Behavior, Care and Training. Established in 2012, DRCTI was conceived in response to the limited availability of licensed and accredited professional educational programs that prepare individuals for careers regarding the behavior, care and training of marine mammals.

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DolphinLabs for You

Our DolphinLab programs offer a combination of educational seminars, workshops, demonstrations, in water and hands-on learning activities with our dolphins, sea lions and staff family. Three DolphinLab programs, DolphinLab Adult, DolphinLab Teen and DolphinLab Group, are available and suited for any learning level. Some DolphinLab programs also offer the unique opportunity for participants to earn college credit while swimming with dolphins.

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Group DolphinLab

Our DolphinLab programs offer a combination of educational seminars, workshops, demonstrations, in water and hands-on learning activities with our dolphins, sea lions and staff family. Three DolphinLab programs, DolphinLab Adult, DolphinLab Teen and DolphinLab Group, are available and suited for any learning level. Some DolphinLab programs also offer the unique opportunity for participants to earn college credit while swimming with dolphins.

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Dolphin Research Center offers many educational opportunities for teachers, including in-classroom curriculum with detailed lesson plans and opportunities for group visits and field trips. Discovering Dolphins, a CD-ROM for grades K through 8, includes curriculum, hand-outs, photographs, sound recordings and more. Explore DRC's resource library for teachers as well as information on outreach and distance learning.

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Marine Mammal Info

Explore detailed marine mammal information including guides on dolphins, sea lions, manatees, training marine mammals and strandings. Learn about dolphin acoustics, anatomy, culture, communciation, maternity, natural history and physiology and discover what sea lions and manatees eat, where they live and all about their senses.

Our Mission - Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share with the well being of DRC's animals taking precedence.
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