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Dolphin Research Center

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Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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“sea world”(75 reviews)
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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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
58901 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019
+1 305-289-1121
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I read a few of the negative comments about it not being worth the admission. Even if you didn't find it thrilling, just remind yourself that your admission is going to an amazing cause. These people work hard to provide for these marine mammals, and...More

Thank Emma S
Reviewed 6 days ago

We spent an incredible day learning about dolphins and their training. The staff here (special shout out to Wade) are very passionate and knowledgeable about what they do and eager to share this with guests. Being able to interact closely with the dolphins in a...More

Thank Rob W
Reviewed 6 days ago

Underwhelmed by Dolphin Encounter at Dolphin Research Center Our daughter and her friend wanted to swim with dolphins so we chose DRC over Dolphins Plus or Theatre of the Sea mainly because of the name and our love and concern for wildlife. Although the trainer...More

Thank littleflower33
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Being on my bucket list, I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The sessions included with general admission were very informative. I participated in the splash and it was amazing ! We were a group of 12 and each of us had individual time plus group...More

Thank Tripper4141
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for a memory making activity to do with the girls, so we signed them up for the Family Splash. They loved every second of it! They were able to get into the water with a small group of people and have an...More

Thank APoirier2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an awesome time at the DRC! We only had two hours to spend there but it was totally worth it and we could have stayed for much longer. We were referred by a retired dolphin trainer, Jennifer Powell, and enjoyed learning about the DRC’s...More

Thank Joseph A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked the VIP experience (for June 2018), which was 4 hours of fabulous fun. We were extremely well looked after and educated about the much cared for dolphins and sea lions. All the staff were very professional, friendly and passionate. Our day included interacting,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to DRC the other day, my two kids wanted to swim with the dolphins and this is the spot we chose. General admission gets you into DRC, there are demonstrations that take place every 30 minutes or so, they talk about the dolphins...More

Thank Mike C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are three adults visiting the Keys for a couple of days and found the information about the Dolphin Research Center in the packet of information about nearby attractions provided by the hotel. All three of us were so glad we decided to spend the...More

Thank Kelly F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s absolutely worth the time and price of admission. You’re close to dolphins w general admission and are easily charmed by their humor. Really. You could easily spend a whole day there. I spent half a day and had to go. I feel like I...More

Thank Paula L
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We certainly hope that you get to return to DRC one day and spend the entire time with us! Thanks so much for visiting the dolphins and us. We're delighted that you had a great time.

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Allison N
9 August 2018|
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Response from Mike C | Reviewed this property |
There are multiple options to chose from, prices are on their website. We did the dolphin experience, it was $200. Pretty standard pricing for most places. My kids loved it, they also had plenty of first hand interaction... More
Carrie S
4 August 2018|
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
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