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Dolphin Encounter

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

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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.


  • Experience a unique thrill of a lifetime when you get an up-close look at the beauty and intelligence of our dolphins in this deep and shallow in-water experience. A memory that will last forever!
  • Meet your new dolphin friend and see their personality shine through during a series of individual yet structured interactions including a dolphin kiss and handshake
  • Leave the platform and join a dolphin for a dorsal pull
  • Guided by your trainer, ask your dolphin for an interactive behavior through a hand signal
  • No two Dolphin Encounters are alike. Each dolphin is unique in personality and enjoys to play in different ways
  • Smile! A photographer will capture the big moments of you and your dolphin friend's experience, available for purchase. Please note: If you book within 24 hours of your program, you may not be guaranteed a photographer.


Private Encounters at your own dock are available at additional cost starting at $850 for 1-3 people. Call 305 289-0002 for more details

Program Observers: Anyone coming to observe family and friends in a program must pay General Admission


  • Full payment required at the time of booking in US Dollars and will appear on your statement as Dolphin Research Center
  • Reservations are non-refundable
  • Dolphin Research Center will charge an additional re-booking fee of $20.00 per participant should you request any changes to a reservation. You will NOT be charged if the change has been requested by Dolphin Research Center for any reason (such as hazardous weather). For reservation changes, please call 305 289-0002
  • In the event of bad weather, DRC will make every effort to complete the program on the day it is scheduled
  • If a program is canceled by Dolphin Research Center due to hazardous weather, rescheduling, refunds or rain checks will be arranged at that time

  • No Shows:
    • Full charge applies with no refunds

    Dolphin Research Center reserves the right to cancel or amend program content and price without notice

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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