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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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58901 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We have been donors to the Dolphin Research Center for years and were grateful we finally got to visit on our week vacation to Marathon. We went late in the day and there were 3 of us so we got the 2 yearly passes and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

At first we winced at the price of the basic general admission, but then realized there are narrated training and feeding sessions that are open to all. We were amazed at these creatures! The staff is fun, energetic and open to questions. Well worth our...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Connie N
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We try to keep our general admission price reasonable and definitely want to be sure that there is always something interesting to see with the different behavior sessions and theater presentations. Plus you can stay all day, play in the Sprayground, and just relax and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun place to take kids & people visiting the keys, took my daughter to pet the sting rays &she loved it. Love all the hands on stuff you get to doMore

Date of experience: June 2018
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're sorry but it appears that you might have visited someplace other than Dolphin Research Center. We don't have sting rays at our facility. We're glad that you had fun wherever you visited and hope that you'll include DRC if you visit the Florida Keys...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place! This was our 4th visit and loved getting to see their new building and welcome area . This is a non-profit that helps with dolphin protection and research. It is so worth the stop to watch the interaction between the people and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank fisherfolks
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Welcome back! We love when visitors become part of the DRC family and make return trips to see us and the dolphins. You're absolutely right that the dolphins enjoy the attention and interactions. As you know, it is always their choice whether they participate. We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great time here. The facility is nice and the staff is very friendly. I highly recommend doing the dolphin encounter. I got to shake hands with a dolphin and instruct them to do a flip, was awesome!More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Joan A
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your great recommendation. The Dolphin Encounter swim program is as much fun for the dolphins as it is for people and we're so happy to know that you enjoyed the experience. Those flips are pretty impressive, aren't they? We appreciate your visit and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had a great experience at The Dolphin Research Center. The trainers were very professional and the Dolphins really impressive! Great experience for young and old alike.More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cindy C
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're so glad that we met your expectations with your visit to DRC and that you had such a great time. We love introducing people like you to our marine mammal family and know that you share our commitment to their welfare. Thanks so much...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just love the way they interact with the animals and how they take care of them. Please visit this place, as all you spend there goes to the animals and their welfare. Keep up the good work.More

Date of experience: November 2018
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks so much for visiting and helping us to provide the finest home and care for the dolphins, sea lions, and other members of the family. We're so glad that you had a great time and promise to keep doing what we do to ensure...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dolphins were cool but touching one, swimming with one, painting with one and buying the shirt all cost extra.More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Dorthy P
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're happy that you think the dolphins are cool - we agree - and hope that you enjoyed seeing the various narrated sessions with the marine mammals as well as the theater presentations. You're correct that the interactive programs that provide hands-on connection are available....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a wonderful time here. It was worth the cost...knowing it went back to the organization made us very happy. Very accommodating, they had a wheel chair for my mother and she was able to get down to pet Talin the dolphin. It...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SusanS6367
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Marie and all of us love what we do at Dolphin Research Center, including helping people like you and your mother get to know and connect with the dolphins. Thank you so much for visiting and for recommending us to others. We'll make sure to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was not planning on even stopping here, but oh so glad we did. It was better than going out on a boat to see dophins. You are able to get up close to watch & photograph the dolphins. You can also leave & come back...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JOV_8
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We love hearing that we were an unexpected pleasure! We're so glad you visited, too. Thanks for coming in to get to know the dolphins, sea lions, and other family members at DRC.

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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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7 December 2017|
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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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