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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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58901 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019
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+1 305-289-1121
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

We checked out the Dolphin Research Center while we were in Marathon, and we're glad we did! It's unique in that it's not a theme park and more of a research and educational facility. The narrated programs are really interesting and informative, and it's cool...More

Thank clazinski
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2016

Thanks so much for including a visit to DRC in your vacation plans in Marathon. As you discovered, we love to talk about the dolphins and sea lions with our guests and truly appreciate it when people have fun learning. Your support of our nonprofit...More

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Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

We met Dolphins and it was such a wonderful day. You can see everything in very little time or take a more Keys approach and hang around all day!

Thank Megan W
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2016

We love when people spend the day at Dolphin Research Center and are so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. We're sure the dolphins enjoyed meeting you too. Thanks for visiting and for telling others about your experience.

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Reviewed 25 June 2016

If you're not doing one of their (expensive) encounters, probably not worth $28 for a 10-minute walk around the few tanks where other people 'touch a dolphin'. They claim to do "research" but seems to be more of a business exploiting dolphins.More

1  Thank Dave B
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2016

We're sorry that you were disappointed in your visit to Dolphin Research Center. We'd like to clarify a little of the information you provided. All of the dolphins and sea lions live in natural sea water sea pens right in the Gulf of Mexico. Guests...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2016

This is not a theme park, which was a real plus! I enjoyed seeing the Dolphins and sea lions in a place that seems to care more about their well being than making a buck. They were very informative and you could tell they really...More

Thank July J
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2016

One of our favorite aspects of our days at DRC is the chance to share the dolphins and sea lions with our guests. We love talking to all of you about them and helping you to learn more about these amazing animals. Thanks so much...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

By far the best part of our Florida vacation! We arrived an hour before our reservation time & found lots to do. Rotating programs with educational and fun facts about the Dolphins and Sea Lions. Our dolphin encounter was amazing! Our trainer was engaging &...More

Thank Jennifer D
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2016

You are very welcome, but it is us who thank YOU for including us in your Florida Keys vacation. We are so happy that you had a wonderful time seeing and learning about dolphins and sea lions when you visited us at Dolphin Research Center....More

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Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

What a great place! Our first time swimming with dolphins, and we were not disappointed. Jane was our trainer working with Tina the Dolphin - they were both great.More

Thank ellebee0822
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2016

So glad that your first time swimming with dolphins was here with us at Dolphin Research Center -- and that you had a terrific experience. We'll make sure to share your comment with both Jane and Santini (Tina). We know they had fun with you,...More

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Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

My wife decided to do the Dolphin Encounter. She was with a group of 5 and did several things with the dolphins as each of the others did too. I was able to watch and takes pictures very close to the action. My wife loved...More

Thank BOBmil64
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2016

There's a lot to love about sharing a fun time interacting with dolphins during the Dolphin Encounter program. We're so happy that your wife had a great time -- and that you both enjoyed walking around the facility to see the different dolphin and sea...More

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Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Our three girls did the full dolphin encounter today and just wow! Good quality time in the water with two dolphins. They did commands, kisses, tricks and the topper was the dorsal pull! Great experience and well worth the cost (and it all goes towards...More

Thank Kristina959977
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2016

Aww, we love that your daughters had such a great time doing the Dolphin Encounter. We're sure the dolphins enjoyed playing with them too. Thanks so much for supporting the DRC nonprofit mission with your visit and participation and then telling others about us too.

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Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Had a great visit there with friends. You won't be disappointed if you only get the general admission- there's lots to see and observe and presentations throughout the day. You can pay extra for more close up- touching, painting or swimming with the dolphins if...More

1  Thank Cathy C
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2016

Thanks for visiting DRC with your friends. We're happy that you enjoyed your time here seeing the dolphins and sea lions. You're absolutely right that at some times of the year the spots in the various interactive programs can fill up. Advance reservations are required...More

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Reviewed 21 June 2016

This facility is a great place to spend an afternoon. The staff were all friendly and informative. The dolphins really seem happy and very much loved by their trainers. We opted to do the "Meet a dolphin" program. We got to pet and shake flippers...More

Thank LeeleeMV
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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2016

We are definitely not surprised that you found Aleta and Pandora to be quite charming. They wouldn't have it any other way! Thanks so much for spending the afternoon with the dolphins and staff. We love that you learned a lot while also having a...More

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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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