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“Superb”

Dolphin Research Center
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US$155.88*
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Dolphin Research Center and Florida Keys Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Go here, its an amazing way to spend a half a day. Not only dolphins but sea lions too. The trainers (sorry not sure if that is the correct term) clearly love and respect the sea lions and dolphins and the demonstrations were informative, exciting, sweet and fun. Can't say enough good things about it, a definite recommend.

Thank TadaTalks
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Yes, trainer is a correct term, but in addition to teaching or training behaviors to the dolphins or sea lions, they are also their caregivers and friends! We're happy to hear that you had such a great time visiting Dolphin Research Center and learning more about these amazing animals.

Thank you for supporting our mission and also for recommending us to others.

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

My kids loved it. The swimming with the dolphins was really cool. They are very educational and have plenty to see. The prices are not bad at all and they offer Military discounts too ;-)

Thank Luis D
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

Thanks so much for posting about your recent visit to Dolphin Research Center. We're happy to hear that you and your family had a great time and that we fit within your vacation budget!

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

A wonderful place to visit! Learned about the 2 baby dolphins they have right now! The staff is so friendly and cares so much about the animals. My 11 yr old daughter had a great time swimming with the dolphins. Just a wonderful day!

Thank Marsha G
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

We can't help but smile when we read reviews like yours! Thanks so much for sharing about your experience. We're happy to know that you had such a great time seeing and learning about the dolphins that live at DRC and that your 11 year old enjoyed the Dolphin Encounter!

We appreciate it!

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Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

Great place to swim with the dolphins, especially with family. The service was very good, quick and nice workers that answered any questions you had. Some of the workers also took pictures for you while you were swimming with the dolphins and you were able to get a memory card with those pictures on them.

Thank INtheHoosierState
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2014

We're happy to hear that we satisfied your expectations and that you enjoyed doing the dolphin swim and visiting. Guests' experiences are very important to us. We want everyone to have a great time!

Thanks for coming to Dolphin Research Center and recommending us to others with this review.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Our kids did the dolphin experience (complete with dorsal pull) and it was the highlight of their trip. This facility is committed to research and education and we felt good about our visit (and giving them our money). I highly recommend it.

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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2014

We so appreciate your recommendation and are touched that who we are and the ways we operate earned your support. So glad to know that your family enjoyed your experience with us. Thank you so much for visiting!

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