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    Dolphin Research Center Training Institute Registration Now Open

    Deadline to apply is December 31st! Gain intensive, hands-on experience and knowledge to prepare for a career. DRCTI is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 4766.
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    Special ends December 15th! Save 15% on afternoon Dolphin Encounter swims. Gift Certificates also now available!
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    Experience and learn about these amazing animals in narrated behavior sessions and educational presentations. Now through Dec. 15th, save $5.00 off general admission. Free digital photo included in Meet the Dolphin programs.
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    See dolphins and sea lions swim, splash and play in their natural seawater home. Fun-filled, interesting behavior sessions and education presentations offered all day. Florida Keys locals, ask about the Monroe County Residents Pass!
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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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General Admission


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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Dolphin Encounter

Price: $199 - includes all-day admission. Afternoon Delight - Check out our discounted Dolphin Encounters through December 15th, 2017 (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 click here to contact our Coordinator prior to booking

Duration: Approximately 20-25 minutes in-water. Your program will take place within 2 hours of check-in time listed on your confirmation.

Our most popular dolphin program! Includes a dorsal pull

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Family Dolphin Splash

Price: $139 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? To ensure best experience, please click here to 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 click here to 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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VIP Experience

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 prticipate in this program

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 click here to 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)

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 click here to 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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Meet the Dolphin

Price: $50 per program participant - includes all-day admission. (Price does not include On-line Reservation Fee).  Other Meet programs may be added during the day.  Please check at Tour Desk upon arrival.

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 click here to 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 click here to contact our Coordinator prior to booking

Duration: Approximately 20-25 mins 

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

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Paint with a Dolphin

Price: $65. No advance reservations. First come first served basis on the day until sold out. Does not include General Admission cost

Ages: 3 Yrs and Up. A paying participating adult (18+ Yrs) must accompany children 3-7 years or assist their child during the program for a minimal fee of $10

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

Duration: Approximately 10 mins on the dock 

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

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
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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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For Teachers

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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