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“Unique Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Theater of the Sea

Theater of the Sea
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US$36.50*
and up
Theater of the Sea General Admission
Ranked #1 of 59 things to do in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Our mission is to provide a wonderful home for our animals while sharing them with visitors in ways that inspire awareness and sensitivity towards animals, the environment, and conservation issues. At Theater of the Sea watch up close and personal DOLPHIN SHOWS, sea lion shows, parrot shows, and much more! A pioneer in animal interactive programs, at Theater of the Sea you can... SWIM WITH A DOLPHIN... SWIM WITH A SEA LION... Wade, Meet and Paint with a Dolphin... Meet and Paint with a Sea Lion... Swim with the Rays... Swim with the Sharks... And Meet the Sea Turtles! Our 30 minute dolphin swims include BOTH trained behaviors like dorsal tows, kisses, and hugs as well as swimming and snorkeling with dophins. We offer a variety of animal interaction programs for various ages and prices. Programs are available daily and include admission to our dolphin, sea lion, and parrot shows, guided marne life tour, lagoon-side beach, and bottomless boat ride. Theater of the Sea is family owned and operated since 1946 and one of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world. The lagoons and lush, tropical gardens are home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, sea turtles, tropical and game fish, sharks, stingrays, alligators, marine invertebrates, and birds.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Hazlet, New Jersey
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10 reviews
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“Unique Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Loved the opportunity my son had to go on stage and pet the dolphin. All shows were up close and personal and worth every penny! So much better than the big Sea World Shows!!

Visited February 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Better than Sea World”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

It is small but very well done you start with one show and they just keep directing you to the next so you don't have to think about a thing. Whole park is done in 2 and a half hours which is great In this heat. I would recommend doing the 9.30am start as there were very few people which meant we got to interact with the animals much more and of course it was cooler. our girls aged 10 and 12 then did the swim with the dolphins and this was an awesome experience for them they got to do a double dorsal fin tow. The best part is that its now 3.30pm and we are back in our resort having a cold beer. Kids are still talking about Theatre of the Sea, so a definite visit if you are down here with kids.

Visited August 2014
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Bel Air, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“up close to the animals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

This was a short show but you are up close and personal with the animals and they performed well, dolphins sea lions and parrotts

Visited August 2014
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Estero, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Close Encounter Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

Beautiful and very tropical setting with friendly staff and trainers. The encounters book up fast so book in advance. Our kids had a really great time!

Visited August 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Neat experience but not worth the price.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Good stuff first. It is intimate and close up to the animals. The foliage on this property is lush, exotic, green and beautiful! The small (120'x50') lagoon/beach was the highlight for our girls. A large group of beautiful parrotfish brushed up against us as we fed them pellets purchased out of a machine. They even allowed us to touch them as they ate. Bring your snorkel gear because we saw 2 lobsters (one was really big), tarpon, barracuda and the nurse sharks thru the fence that separates the lagoon from the "shark swim" area. Now the not so good stuff... $135 for 3 adults (our 13 yr old is an adult) and 2 children. After spending approximately 3 hours seeing everything there was to see, we felt the ticket price was too high for the experience. The dolphin didn't want to participate so we watched the trainers clean, yes clean, and try to call him until they finally asked us to go to the sea lion show. Understandable. We sat and watched the trainers weigh the sea lions and clean. Only 2 of the 4 fans were working. You would think that part of the money they make would help maintain the fans for the comfort of the paying visitors. Minor annoyance. The trainers were passionate but the shows were mediocre. In all, we wouldn't go back.

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