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Dolphin Research Center

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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58901 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Excellent day at the Dolphin Research Center. We brought our 2 dogs and were welcomed immediately by the staff. This place is extremely pet friendly! As we try to include our 4 legged friends as often as possible. We were offered water for the dogs...More

1  Thank LSilverst
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded today

As you saw, we love animals of all kinds definitely welcome dogs on grounds as long as they're leashed. More and more these days people vacation with their furry family members so, yes, they need to be able to bring them when they visit Dolphin...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The trainers were all very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Morgan was very informative and it was a pleasure talking to her. The dolphins were very cool and seemed to really love interacting with the trainers. I enjoyed this place very much and absolutely recommend it. I...More

2  Thank Deborah B
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded today

Morgan and all of our staff love talking with guests about the dolphins and sea lions! We're so glad that you had a great time and look forward to you returning in the future.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place and all proceeds go to the animals,staff were friendly and knowledgeable this is an educational and fun experience not a show.You can pay additional for hands on experience or just watch the several programs that are offered during the day,If your looking for...More

2  Thank durk711
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks so much for visiting. We're so glad that you made the decision to come to Dolphin Research Center and that you had a great time! We look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 1 week ago

DRC is a non-profit research center. Not flashy or fancy, but staff is committed, knowledgeable and friendly. Didn't personally interact with dolphins, but it was worth watching the training and learning about the dolphins. Would be a wonderful treat for kids to do the full...More

1  Thank Susan V
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks so much for visiting! We're glad that you enjoyed watching and learning about the dolphins. Hopefully you'll have another chance to visit us in the future!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love that they help these Dolphin. It is a great facility and lots of hard work goes into keeping the dolphin, sea lion and others safe and well.

1  Thank Stephanie W
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks so much for your kind comments and support of the Dolphin Research Center mission. The well being of the dolphins, sea lions and other animals is always our top priority!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the day here. Spent some time in the water with the dolphins. They have several dolphins in different areas and you get to watch them interacting with each other.

1  Thank Jaythee
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks for including a visit to Dolphin Research Center in your vacation plans. We're so happy that you enjoyed a fun time and an interactive program while you were here!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The staff, dolphins, (and sea lions) were terrific. We purchawd the family splash for $99 each and it was worth every cent for an opportunity to get in the water with the dolphins. For a lot less you can purchase general admission which would be...More

2  Thank R H
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded today

We're happy you had a great time doing the Family Dolphin Splash. (Awesome that you were here while the special discounted price was in place.) We know that the staff and dolphins had fun interacting with you, too! Thanks so much for visiting!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Dolphin Research Center has more than 20 dolphins and a few sea lions. We opted for the general admission, which is $25 pp, since this was our first visit and we wanted to scope it out. They do offer various dolphin interactions for an...More

1  Thank EmeraldEyes03
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks so much for visiting. No surprise to us that the dolphins were "chatty". They love to draw your attention to them! Sea lions sleep a lot. They are involved in sessions with their trainers multiple times throughout the day, although the sessions are not...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The establishment has 26 dolphins living in various sea water pools right on the ocean. They also offer swimming with dolphins and dolphin encounters such as stroking a dolphin. Nearly all the dolphins are captive bred. They do not rescue as wild dolphins carry a...More

1  Thank trazzer b
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks so much for visiting and for your thoughtful review. We're so glad that you had a good time and that you observed that the dolphins are happy, interact well with their trainers and others and that we treat them well. We love them deeply...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Incredible place. WE totally love FLAGLER !!!!! He is the beautiful dolphin my son got to play with.They are beautiful intelligent animals and they have several there you can see swimming around and doing tricks.I love this place.Hopefully we are going to go again during...More

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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Flagler, and all of the dolphins and sea lions, are totally loveable! We're so glad that you had a great time at DRC and that your son enjoyed playing with Flagler. We look forward to you coming back during the holidays. Unfortunately, we can't take...More

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Allison N
9 August 2018|
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Response from beachnboat67 | Reviewed this property |
$200 but so well worth it..not something you get to do everyday! I would definitely recommend!!!!
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Carrie S
4 August 2018|
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Response from DolphinResearchCtr | Property representative |
Hello. Dolphin Research Center is happy to welcome guests with special needs. We are committed to providing access to our interactive programs. So, it really depends on your brother, his age, what he's interested in doing... More
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Response from DolphinResearchCtr | Property representative |
Thanks for your interest in Dolphin Research Center. Depending on what you'd like to do, you can simply come in under general admission and watch the dolphins and sea lions in a variety of different narrated behavior... More
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