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Programs

Dolphin Research Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed on Christmas Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day.)

Bring your family to meet our family of dolphins and sea lions, all of whom live in natural, seawater lagoons in the Gulf of Mexico. Spend a couple of hours or all day, experiencing their personalities in fun-filled, narrated behavior sessions. In between, watch educational presentations, visit the tropical birds, play in the Sprayground or simply enjoy the beautiful, outdoor Florida Keys setting.

The heart of our mission is the welfare of every animal in our family. Whether they are born here, or come from rescue/rehabilitation centers or other facilities, each receives the finest possible care and a safe, healthy, enriching home for life. 

Dolphins and sea lions choose to participate in sessions, including interactive programs from the docks or in the water. None are ever forced.  Therefore, on any given day, program availability and times may vary based on the needs of the animals.

For the safety and welfare of DRC's dolphin and sea lion families, please do not bring/use selfie sticks within the facility. Floatable, waterproof cameras only are allowed in in-water interactive program areas. No cell phones on program trays, docks or platforms.  Thank you for understanding.

We look forward to your visit!

Florida Keys residents, view information about the Monroe County Residents Pass!

General Admission

Dolphin in lagoon in front of thatched roof building

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.  

Dolphin Encounter

Young mad being towed by a dolphin

Dolphin Encounter

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.

Family Dolphin Splash

Family with a young child in the water with a dolphin

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!

 

Ultimate Trainer for the Day

Guest feeding a dolphin from the dock

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!

VIP Experience

Woman getting a kiss from a dolphin in the water.

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 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!

Researcher Experience

Trainers on the dock with a dolphin in the water

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

Play with the Dolphin

Young guest playing ball with a dolphin

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?

Paint with a Dolphin

A dolphin painting with a brush in its mouth.

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!

Meet the Dolphin

Young guest holding a dolphin's flippers from the dock

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!

Dolphin Explorer

Guests with a trainer on the dock in front of a dolphin

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!

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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