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Dolphin Research Center

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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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58901 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I have been members for 8 years. We visit every time we're in the area. The trainers and staff are wonderful. The dolphins are always interactive and amazing. Membership is a good value so you can visit multiple times for short stints...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a few hours observing different dolphin and sea lion training sessions. That experience was great alone, but our girls (9 & 11) participated in the swim with dolphin program. They had a blast! It was a good amount of time in the water...More

Thank HJM394
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Go visit the dolphins, sea lions, and birds at Dolphin Research Center. They have educational programs going on throughout the day included with general admission. If you want you can take part in one of their dolphin encounters which range from a meet and greet...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the research center and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The staff are always interacting with the dolphins and provide “shows” in which you can learn about dolphins, watch them play and just enjoy seeing them swim. The staff there seem to genuinely enjoy their...More

Thank Cindy K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to learn about delphins, and sea lions. I have learnt about the differences between seals and sea lions. Voluntary, very pleasant pesonel

Thank Ted S
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

One of our main goals is to provide learning opportunities for all of our guests. We're so pleased to know that you are among them! Thanks for including us on your vacation.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved our visit here and have always been fascinated with dolphins. We see them often in the Delaware Bay in warm weather and I always get excited when I see them on the bay. This trip was an opportunity to actually swim with them...More

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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We're so happy that you enjoyed your visit to Dolphin Research Center. We definitely share your fascination with these amazing marine mammals. Thanks so much for coming and making the connection with members of our dolphin family.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Glad we stopped to enjoy a visit with the dolphins and sea lions. The facility had numerous presentations. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Their passion was contagious. I would highly recommend visiting if you are traveling through the Florida Keys.

Thank Mark V
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We're glad that you stopped by to visit, too! We love sharing our home and animal family with guests like you. Thanks so much for including us in your vacation and for recommending us to others.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience, staff very knowledgeable. Was able to watch sea otter and dolphin training with general admission. They do offer experiences like swim with dolphins

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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We're glad that you had a great experience and were interested in everything you saw. (We won't tell the sea lions that you thought they were sea otters. ;-) ) Thanks so much for making us part of your vacation!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very expensive....but we do understand!!! It was the best birthday for our grandchildren... Something they will remember for ever!!!More

Thank BedaineTendue
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Happy birthday to your grandchildren. Thanks so much for visiting Dolphin Research Center. We know that budgets are always a consideration. Please be assured that your visit directly supports the extremely high quality care and home that we provide for all of the dolphins, sea...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Swam with the dolphins last year - an amazing experience. This year went through and heard all of the presentations- asked lots of questions and learned so much! It's worth every penny, and you support the Center as well.

1  Thank LeeOCo
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We love when people have such a good time that they decide to come back and see us again. Thanks so much!

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NOregrets-Traveler
6 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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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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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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