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Dolphin Research Center
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US$155.88*
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Dolphin Research Center and Florida Keys Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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 I recommend everyone skips the entrance fee of $25 pp and spends a little more and buys a membership with which entrance will be included. I love this dolphin center and encourage ANYONE coming to Florida to find the time to come down to Grassy Key and visit this amazing place. Sit for hours just feet from the dolphins and watch them watch you!!

Thank Susan C
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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 to members-only events and more.

Thank you for sharing with others and giving us such a glowing recommendation. We hope to see you back at DRC soon!

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Reviewed 7 March 2016

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

Thank James M
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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.

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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 dolphin their forever home. Watch the trainers working with each dolphin they have an amazing relationship with. GOOD FIELD TRIP!

Thank traveladvisor190
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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 and for sharing your impressions with others.

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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.

Thank Daniel N
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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 our Flipper heritage. The daughter and four granddolphins of two of those original Flipper dolphins live here today!

Thanks so much for coming to DRC and for telling others about us.

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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 very playful. Plan to go back this June

Thank MAllenEaddy
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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!) We love when guests come and spend several hours with us and the dolphins and sea lions and think that this helps them to connect with the animals in our family.

We appreciate you reviewing us for others and look forward to your next visit!

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