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Dolphin Research Center

#1 of 1 things to do in Grassy Key Features Animals
58901 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019
+1 305-289-1121
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Dolphin Research Center is a nonprofit education and research facility. Home to a family of dolphins and sea lions, we offer fun-filled narrated behavior sessions and educational presentations every half an hour. During your visit you can watch and learn all about these amazing animals including dolphin maternity, social groupings, physiology, natural abilities and more. You'll see how we care for them, how we're working with them in cognition and behavioral research and the importance of conserving them and their ocean habitat. DRC also offers a variety of interactive programs including the Dolphin Encounter swim program, Ultimate Trainer for a Day, Trainer Experience half-day program, Researcher Experience half-day program and Paint with a Dolphin. We are actively involved in programs for people with Special Needs, as well as veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project, Military families, and others. Most of our dolphins were born here. Others have come to us for a variety of reasons -- including those who were injured and rescued as youngsters and later deemed non-releasable by the government. We are deeply committed to providing all of them with a safe, healthy, happy home for life. The well-being of the dolphins and sea lions is our top priority. Your visit and participation in programs supports the care of our marine mammal family, the maintenance of their natural sea water home, and the rest of our mission to educate others about these animals and the importance of conservation. Thank you for your interest in Dolphin Research Center!
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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58901 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019
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+1 305-289-1121
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Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Great Place! We enjoyed our visit a lot! The trainers were friendly and informative, you could watch a training session or you can wander the grounds on your own and learn from the signs. We did a little of both!More

Thank Nici D
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2016

The best way to see Dolphin Research Center is at your own pace - and it looks like you learned that on your first visit! Throughout the day we offer educational behavior sessions, and are happy to answer guest questions, but there's nothing quite wandering...More

Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Wonderful place, treated like family here each visit. Dolphins are so intelligent and its awesome tonsee the work they do here. Also the family visits with dolphin dip, and encounter are extremely one on one, and fantastic. The staff, trainers are always answering any questions....More

Thank Stellzilla1
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2016

Thank you for coming back time and time again. We're happy to read that you enjoy each of your Dolphin Research Center visits and are always learning something new from our staff. The Dolphin Dip and Dolphin Encounter programs are so much fun, aren't they!?...More

Reviewed 12 March 2016

The staff was polite, upbeat & funny Full of fun & answers to any questions When the dolphins swim by & turn to look at you, you can see their souls. You have to believe in their superior intelligence. Worth the $$ ( even with...More

Thank danil47
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2016

Thanks for supporting Dolphin Research Center's family and mission. As you mentioned, we are a nonprofit marine mammal education and research facility. Everything we do, from our manatee rescue to our cognition research, is funded by guests that visit and take part in interactive programs,...More

Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

Quiet, chill, personalized! Not packed with people. We loved it. Spent the money for a dolphin encounter and it was worth every penny. Would totally go back.More

Thank Katie L
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2016

Isn't the Dolphin Encounter fun!? Which dolphin did you swim with? We're glad to read you found us quiet, chill and personalized. As the guest experience is very important to us, we are so happy you loved your time at DRC. Thanks for visiting and...More

Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

This place was fantastic! I could spend my entire vacation there. The trainers are great, the Dolphins appear to be very happy, and there see lions too! I wish I lived closer so that I could visit often! Extremely knowledgeable staff answered every question I...More

Thank Devon E
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2016

Some people do spend their entire vacations at Dolphin Research Center. They enroll in one of our week-long DolphinLab courses. Check them out on our website when you have a chance. We're so glad that you had a great time. Thanks for coming in and...More

Reviewed 8 March 2016

Worth EVERY single penny! This place is like no other dolphin facility . Every thing they do is medically based so they can research dolphins and provide the public a legal location to interact with dolphins safely for the dolphins. I am a member and...More

Thank Susan C
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2016

We love our members! Thank you so much for your ongoing and very enthusiastic support. Dolphin Research Center is a 501C3 nonprofit organization so donations are tax-deductible. Membership includes several benefits, including free admission, a discount on merchandise in the Gift Shop, bi-monthly newsletter, invitations...More

Reviewed 7 March 2016

Very educational. Enjoyed learning more about these amazing animals. Great for kids and adults, too!

Thank James M
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2016

We love that you learned more about the dolphins and sea lions and that you share our belief that they are amazing! Thanks so much for visiting and for taking the time to post this review.

Reviewed 7 March 2016

My daughter (25) said this was better than SeaWorld. Its an intimate opportunity with out crowds that will educate you on how dolphins function and how "human" they really are. Great for kids to adults. Its various pools within the ocean environment that gives each...More

Thank traveladvisor190
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2016

Teaching, learning and caring about the dolphins and sea lions and sharing everything that we do with our visitors is the heart of our mission. We're delighted that you and your daughter had a wonderful experience during your visit. Thanks so much for coming in...More

Reviewed 7 March 2016

Great place to visit. Great family atmosphere. They do wonders with the dolphins.Very knowledgeable staff. Some older people might remember the TV show Flipper. That is where the original Flipper was filmed.More

Thank Daniel N
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2016

Glad to know that you had a great time visiting. One small clarification: The original Flipper movie starred five of the dolphins that lived here back in the early 60s, but the television show was actually filmed in Miami. That said, we are proud of...More

Reviewed 7 March 2016

I visited the Dolphin Research Center last May. What an awesome experience! Beautiful grounds, view was unbelievable. We spent 3 hours there - I could have stayed longer -just watching them! The staff was very friendly and informative. The dolphins would perform tasks and were...More

Thank MAllenEaddy
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2016

We're so happy that you had a great time visiting Dolphin Research Center and that you plan to visit us again in June! (Hopefully you became a member the last time that you were here so your admission will be free when you visit again!)...More

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joeysmomma
7 August 2017|
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Response from Tammy S | Reviewed this property |
The Dolphin Center has a better dolphin encounter I had done both and by far the DRC is way better. Also the money spent at DRC stays there to take care of the dolphins and sealions. You can sign up same day if the have... More
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GiddyUp2there
4 April 2017|
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Response from DolphinResearchCtr | Property representative |
It is possible to book online for Dolphin Encounter the evening before as long as the program is not sold out. Whether you can walk in and purchase the program on the same day also depends on availability. There are only a... More
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thetimeofmylife
2 April 2017|
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Response from DolphinResearchCtr | Property representative |
We do not offer the Hug the Sea Lion program every day. It all depends on Karen, the sea lion who does the program. Sometimes she has other preferences and we respect that it is always her choice!
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