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    Swim with Dolphins in the fabulous Florida Keys - 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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    The Dolphins and Sea Lions Look Forward to Seeing You in the Florida Keys!

    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. Open daily 9 to 4:30 with last admissions at 3:30 p.m.
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    Meet a Dolphin in the Florida Keys!

    Make a new dolphin friend in Meet the Dolphin. Feel the smooth skin under your hand while you give the dolphin a backrub. Then share a "flippershake"! Check out the optional painting add-on, too!
  • When you sign up to Meet a Dolphin or Play with a Dolphin, you can add a painting experience. Collaborate with your dolphin friend and take home a lasting memory for only $25 more!
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    Paint Add-On!

    When you sign up to Meet a Dolphin or Play with a Dolphin, you can add a painting experience. Collaborate with your dolphin friend and take home a lasting memory for only $25 more!
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    Extended Holiday Hours November 19th-27th 9:00am-4:30pm. Closed on Thanksgiving day.
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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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Hours: Open 7 days per week 9.00am to 4:30 p.m. Last admissions at 3:30 p.m. Closed on Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Note: From November 28th to December 18th, DRC will close early at 3:00 p.m. with the last admission at 2:30 p.m.

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. Prices are per person.

$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: $210 per person. 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: Your in-water experience will last 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy watching the dolphins, a theater presentation, our Sprayground, or a snack at the food cart until your program begins.

Our most popular dolphin program! Includes a dorsal pull.

Individuals and families/groups up to 10 people can reserve online for Dolphin Encounter. For groups larger than 10, please call 305.289.0002, M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern time or email exception.request@dolphins.org for assistance. Thank you.

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Family Dolphin Splash

Note: Individuals and families/groups up to 10 people can reserve online for Family Dolphin Splash. For groups larger than 10, please call 305.289.0002, M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern time or email exception.request@dolphins.org for assistance. Thank you.

Price: $130 per person, ages 4 years and up - includes all-day admission. (Price does not include On-line Reservation Fee)

Ages: Great for all ages! Open to individuals, couples, and families.  A paying, participating adult (18+ Yrs) can hold one child 3 years old and under on hip during program for no additional cost. A paying participating adult (18+ Yrs) must accompany children 4-7 years old.

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 per person. 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!

To reserve more than four people for our Ultimate Trainer For a Day program, please call 305.289.0002, M-F, 9 am to 4 pm eastern time or email exception.request@dolphins.org for assistance. Thank you.

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Price: $475 per person. 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!

To reserve more than four people for our VIP program, please call 305.289.0002, M-F, 9 am to 4 pm eastern time or email exception.request@dolphins.org for assistance. Thank you.

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Researcher Experience

Price: $475 per person. 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.

To reserve more than four people for our Researcher Experience program, please call 305.289.0002, M-F, 9 am to 4 pm eastern time or email exception.request@dolphins.org for assistance. Thank you.

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Play with the Dolphin

Price:  $95.00 per participant and includes General Admission. 

New Add-On Experience: Collaborate with your new dolphin friend to create a unique 8 X 10 inch painting. Choose two colors and hold the canvas panel while the dolphin artist paints. Make a lasting memory for only $25.00 more.

DRC Members: To Book Play with a Dolphin in advance, please email memberservice@dolphins.org.  

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

If you are pregnant, please call us before booking this program at 305-289-0002 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern time or contact us via email at exception.request@dolphins.org.

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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Price: $50 per program participant and includes General Admission cost.  

New Add-On Experience: Collaborate with your new dolphin friend to create a unique 8 X 10 inch painting. Choose two colors and hold the canvas panel while the dolphin artist paints. Make a lasting memory for only $25.00 more.

 DRC Members, to book Meet the Dolphin in advance, please email memberservice@dolphins.org.

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

If you are pregnant, please call us before booking this program at 305-289-0002 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern time or contact us via email at exception.request@dolphins.org.

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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Zoom With A Dolphin

Price: $225 with up to three devices logging-in. 

Availability: This exclusive opportunity is offered based on availability. Please email exception.request@dolphins.org to discuss a date and time of your Zoom Date!

Ages: All ages!

Duration: Approximately 20-25 mins 

Have fun with a DRC dolphin from home.

In the Customer Comments field of your reservation form, please tell us which dolphin you most want to interact with during your play date. If your first choice is unavailable that day, please give us your second choice, or we will arrange to reschedule your session or refund your payment. 

Questions? Please email us at exception.request@dolphins.org.

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Paint with a Dolphin

Price: $110.00 per participant and includes General Admission cost

DRC Members, to book Paint with a Dolphin in advance, please email us at memberservice@dolphins.org. 

Ages: 3 Yrs and Up. Children ages 3-7 years must be assisted in the program by an adult (Age 18+). 

If you are pregnant, please call us before booking this program at 305-289-0002 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern time or contact us via email at exception.request@dolphins.org.

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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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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