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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:30
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 20 March 2016

An amazing place! Do not be fooled by the unassuming exterior as you drive by. This is a beautiful and large facility. This was our second trip to the Florida Keys. We had passed by the Dolphin Research Center on our trip two years ago,...More

Thank bcbcbc
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2016

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for such a wonderful review. We are happy you chose to visit and had a fintastic Dolphin Research Center experience. When we were established in the 1980s, it was stated in our mission that the...More

Reviewed 19 March 2016

As a five year member , we return almost each year to visit our adopted dolphin Sandy. The loving care shown by the staff is why this is a special place. Education and research are paramount to the dolphins well being. Trainer Kelly gave us...More

Thank John T
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2016

As a nonprofit marine mammal education and research facility, our members are the backbone of our organization so THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for adopting Sandy and supporting the DRC mission. It's absolutely fintastic that you visit Sandy each year and are...More

Reviewed 18 March 2016

very educational for the kids and grown ups alike have a great afternoon here, the shows where awesome.

Thank Craig R
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2016

As we always say, DRC is a fintastic experience for kids - of all ages! Thanks for bringing your family to meet our family, Craig.

Reviewed 18 March 2016

If you like being around dolphins this is a great place to be. Got to watch the trainers with the dolphins and see how they get them to do tricks. Watched a family interact with the trainers and their dolphins, they got to pet them....More

Thank 1980_Tipper
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2016

We certainly love being around dolphins... and sea lions... and, well, all animals. We're happy to read that you spent several hours at DRC taking in our educational behavior sessions. Which one did you enjoy most? Painting with the dolphins and meeting a dolphin is...More

Reviewed 18 March 2016

This place isn't remotely like Sea World. It is better. While the buildings and grounds are very simple, the care of the animals is exemplatory. Your admission fee isn't going towards a highly paid CEO and elaborate roller coasters but rather to animal care &...More

Thank Megan B
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2016

You're right - the dolphins and sea lions are curious and social creatures. They really are as fascinated with us as we are with them. We're happy you were able to see that on your visit and ask our staff and volunteers questions about the...More

Reviewed 18 March 2016

Flippers grandson are there. They filmed the original FLIPPER movie there years ago. The dolphins will swim up by you and look at you like they are trying to figure you out or just say HI! The trainers are incredible and explain everything they are...More

Thank TINKCELLI
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2016

They call him Flipper... Flipper... Faster than lightning. We're happy you were able to see some of our Flipper family members. In fact, we have a Flipper daughter and granddaughter, in addition to Flipper grandsons. Two of the original Flipper movie dolphins had what we...More

Reviewed 17 March 2016

This is a must stop attraction for all ages. It is fun and educational. our whole family ages 72 to 7 went swimming with the dolphins.........great timeMore

Thank charlesarthurs
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2016

Wow! We love that we played a part in your families fintastic memory. DRC is fun for kids - of all ages, and your family seems to have proven that perfectly. Thank you for letting us be a part of such a special day. We...More

Reviewed 17 March 2016

We were in Marathon for Spring Break and this was our second time to go to the DRC. Three years ago-my daughter had done "Trainer for a Day". This time she and a friend were interested in the Explorer Program so that she could learn...More

Thank LovetheSnow31
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2016

We are so happy that your daughter and her friend were able to take part in the Dolphin Explorer program. As education and research are staples in our mission, we truly love to give guests the opportunity to learn more about what we do on...More

Reviewed 16 March 2016

This is a wonderful place to visit with family, friends and special needs individuals. We went with a group of 12 and some participated in the Dolphin Dip and my niece did the trainer experience. The staff are all polite, respectful, kind and friendly. The...More

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DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2016

What a wonderful experience to share with your family! We're very happy you enjoyed the Trainer Experience program as well as the Dolphin Dip. Dolphin Research Center is committed to making it possible for everyone to enjoy experiencing dolphins in one of our interactive programs,...More

Reviewed 16 March 2016

I have been to Marathon Florida over the years at least 20 times and never stopped by the Dolphin Research Center. However, on my visit during the first week of March a guest that joined us in Marathon wanted to see the Dolphins. I am...More

Thank roblync65
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2016

We're glad you did too! Thanks for taking the time to visit DRC with your friends. We love reading that you found us to be informative, passionate, and overall awesome. When we were first established in the 1980s, we dedicated our work to teaching, learning,...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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GiddyUp2there
5 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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thetimeofmylife
2 April 2017|
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Response from DolphinResearchCtr | Property representative |
We do not offer the Hug the Sea Lion program every day. It all depends on Karen, the sea lion who does the program. Sometimes she has other preferences and we respect that it is always her choice!
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