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Coronavirus Precautions in Place for Your Safety

As you plan your visit, we want to assure you that we continually monitor guidelines from the CDC, as well as our local, county, and state governments so that we can make sure that precautions are in place.

According to the Monroe County Directive, all persons over the age of six years of age are required to wear a face covering at Dolphin Research Center whether inside or outdoors.

However, outdoors you may remove your masks in these situations:

  • When you and your group/family are maintaining social distance of at least six feet from other people
  • When you are in the water doing an interactive program
  • When you are dining

We recommend that you purchase your general admission and/or reserve for a Dolphin Encounter swim or other available program in advance on our website. If this isn't possible, when you arrive at DRC, we suggest you pay using a credit card. These choices will reduce contact for you and our staff.

Staff will be wearing their face coverings for your protection. Inside the Welcome Center, you'll see we've placed helpful marks on the floors to show six feet of distance and there are plexiglass panels between you and staff. As a non-essential business, we will make sure that we do not exceed more than 50% of a building's occupancy at any time. Thank you for your patience.

Door handles, point of sale terminals, counters, and other areas of our buildings are regularly disinfected. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are provided for your use.

Please follow guidelines for social distancing between you and other guests while you walk around the grounds. Keep your face covering handy in case you need it!

You'll see lots of signage with helpful reminders.
Benches and picnic tables are positioned six feet apart. We have tape placed in viewing areas around DRC to help you maintain appropriate distance between your familiy and other guests.
We are offering several interactive programs and are operating them in ways that follow current guidelines for social distancing. Staff will help you follow them when it's time for your program. 
The Sprayground is open and we rely on parents to help their children follow guidelines.
Anchor's Cafe is open to serve food, beverages, ice cream, and other treats!
Thanks so much for wanting to visit DRC. The dolphins, sea lions, and all of us love seeing you.
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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