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Free Parking — Bus parking also available on a limited basis. Group Admissions — DRC offers discounted admission to tour groups of 20 or more with advance notice. Please call , ext. Dolphin Research Center is open 7 days a week from 9 a. You will see our main entrance which is a white building with a blue awning, our sign and a 30 foot high statue of a mother dolphin and her calf in the parking lot. Google Map. Mile markers designate locations along US1 also known as the Overseas Highway. Mile marker is the northernmost start of the Keys and mile marker 0 is located in Key West at the far south end of the island chain.

DRC is located at mile marker Continue on US 1 south through the Florida Keys. Look for us on the right Gulf side at mile marker Look for us on the left Gulf side at mile marker US 1 is the main road in the Florida Keys. In season, December to April, and on holiday weekends, traffic can be extremely heavy.

You will need a minimum of 2. Enjoy this image gallery that showcase all the exciting things happening here at the Dolphin Research Center. This program, which included group sessions, work projects and, of course, time spent interacting with dolphins, would form the basis for many additional military programs in the future.

This project was very close to his heart and he participated along with this group. Even after his tour of duty had finished, the impact of his service had stayed with him and he returned to civilian life burdened with PTSD. Mandy freely states that working with dolphins, experiencing their unconditional acceptance and forming deep bonds of friendship and trust with them, saved his life.

From the time that Mandy and Jayne founded DRC, they dreamed of developing programs for other veterans who were also afflicted with the internal and external scars of war. Military veterans have continued to add to the garden over the years. Guests may visit this area of tranquility to purely enjoy its beauty, to reflect on friends and family who have served, or to seek solace in this place of healing.

Watch them run through jets and streams of water and activate recordings of dolphin, manatee and whale sounds. This vision went from dream to reality through the support and generosity of our members and donors. The Sprayground stands as a tribute to Shawn Rodriguez, a young man who sadly left us far too early in life.

He grew up with marine mammals as his family and had a huge passion for sharing them with everyone, but most especially children. Take a break from the sun and step into our Dolphin Theater. While enjoying the cool A. No purchase necessary to view. No phone or e-mail orders after your visit. You may purchase a download package of digital images, or prints to take with you. The digital package includes a release form, additional stock photos, and educational information about marine mammals, conservation and our research. Please inquire at the Photo Desk for package pricing. Your photo is included in the purchase price of the Meet the Dolphin Program,.

As a not-for-profit corporation, revenue from your purchases stays at Dolphin Research Center to help provide the best care humanly possible for the animals that call DRC home. Thank you! Need help with your photo order? For the safety of the dolphins, their habitat, other guests, yourself, and your personal property, no cameras or camera phones are allowed during programs on floating docks.

No selfie sticks are allowed. Dolphin Research Center also does not permit the use of drones on or over our facility. If you are doing a program in the water, you may bring a waterproof camera as long as it either floats, or is attached to you. You are welcome to take your own photographs and videos around DRC of the dolphins, sea lions, and grounds, and of your friends and family during their interactions. All such photographs, videos or other recordings taken at Dolphin Research Center are considered to be for your personal, non-commercial use only.

No other use can be made without the express, written prior approval of DRC. If you are a member of the media, or wish to use photos or video images of our dolphin and sea lion family for any commercial purposes, please email the Media Department at media dolphins. Dolphin Research Center is the ideal stop for group tours visiting the Florida Keys. Located at mile marker 59, DRC is home to a pod of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions that live in a natural lagoon setting in the Gulf of Mexico. To get a sense of all DRC offers guests, tour operators are welcome to schedule a guided visit of the facility prior to bringing their groups.

To make arrangements, please contact Susan at susan dolphins. We ask that you contact Susan at susan dolphins. Reservations can be made a week in advance. What is the cost? Groups of twenty or more are offered a discounted general admission rate payable by one credit card to ensure quick processing for your group. DRC does not require a deposit. However, a final head count must be provided 24 hours prior to arrival. Snacks, beverages, meals, and ice cream are available for purchase.

There is also a locally-owned restaurant next door. If your group prefers lunch during their visit with us, let us know when you book your tour. The group rate includes general admission to the facility. Visitors take a self guided tour of the grounds and watch fun-filled, exciting, narrated behavior sessions and educational presentations. There are activities going on every half an hour and a Sprayground for kids of all ages. Stay for an hour or the entire day if you like. If anyone in your party is interested in participating in an interactive program, we will do our best to accommodate them with one week prior notice.

We can also tailor a narrated session to the interests of your guests, such as requesting a research or medical demonstration. Participating in an interactive program is best achieved when you have a couple of hours to spend with us. There are pavers throughout the grounds that extend from the Gift Shop to the end of the causeway to ensure that everyone can easily travel through the facility. We also have wheelchairs available for those needing a little extra help, or to make their visit more enjoyable.

There is no fee to park. Visitors can easily disembark in front of the Gift Shop and a staff member will direct the bus driver to the bus parking area. View a chart of average high and low temperatures by month. These are located at the front lagoon near where you will gather prior to the start of your swim.

Volunteers and staff members will be happy to help you choose one that properly fits. Simply ask for a life vest when the trainer tells you which dolphin s you will be swimming with and before going to the dock. All dolphin programs and activities take place here at Dolphin Research Center.

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We structure the Dolphin Encounter to ensure that each swimmer enjoys actual one-on-one interaction with the dolphin s. The trainer will show you how to ask the dolphin to take part in specific, fun behaviors. The structured swim offers maximum potential for a great Encounter for both you and the dolphins! It can be bright and sunny most of the day, and then give way to a brief rain shower. Rain alone will not cause us to cancel the programs. If we experience severe thunder and lightning storms, or another weather condition that makes it too risky for people to be out on the docks, we do our best to reschedule your programs.

We reschedule later the same day if possible, the following morning if not, or at a time during your stay here in the Keys that will work best for you. Rain-checks are good for one year. Visit the Area Accommodations page on our website. All of our training and work with the dolphins is based on a philosophy of positive reinforcement with lots of enthusiasm, excitement and attention. Each dolphin session runs between 20 — 30 minutes. With so many dolphins and all of our activities, we have lots of sessions to do, all of which can be seen by guests.

The daily schedule is made up based on the sessions running no longer than 30 minutes.

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While we cannot extend an individual Dolphin Encounter or Family Dolphin Splash session, if you want to spend more time doing different interactive programs, you might be interested in Trainer for a Day or the VIP Experience. These include Dolphin Encounter, as well as other fun-filled activities in which you accompany trainers to numerous sessions and take part in a variety of interactive programs.

Most of the dolphins at DRC were born here or came to us from other facilities and have lived most, if not all, of their lives in human care. Others have been taken in as rescued youngsters after they were deemed non-releasable by the federal government. At DRC they have a permanent home with excellent food, a great medical plan, the company of their family and friends and all of the love and attention they could possibly want. They have no interest in leaving their home. It could also be quite risky for them to do so as they lack adequate skills to survive on their own. There is also the risk of them contracting dangerous viruses from wild dolphin populations.

The federal agencies responsible for overseeing marine mammal parks and aquariums do not permit facilities to let the animals in their care come and go at will. We do not allow any type of camera, even those that are waterproof or those that are part of cell phones, to be used during other programs that take place on the floating dock Meet the Dolphin, Paint with a Dolphin, Dolphin Explorer, Play with a Dolphin. We want you to be in the moment, fully connecting with the dolphins and enjoying the experience. Someone in your party who is not participating in the same program may take pictures from the public viewing areas.

Please note that Dolphin Research Center does not permit you to bring in or use selfie sticks or drones.

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Each dolphin requires a specific daily caloric intake to maintain optimum health and weight, just like you. Their food is carefully planned and divided into several meals which they consume throughout the day. The trainers constantly monitor the dolphins during every session to make sure that they are eating complete meals. Having multiple people offer the dolphins their food makes it more confusing for the dolphins, and more difficult for the trainers to track. Of even greater concern to all of us at Dolphin Research Center is how horrible we would feel if we permitted a pregnant woman to participate in an interactive program and then something happened that injured her or the unborn child.

Rather than have to live with that on our conscience, we hope that you will visit us again with your child in the future and enjoy a dolphin interaction. Book a Program.


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Western Australia. South Australia. Northern Territory. East Java. Loading available options Mobile ticket. Get up close and personal with wild dolphins off the coast of Australia on this exciting tour from Perth. Their familiarity provides you with a very memorable day on the Indian Ocean. What To Expect. When booking, select the option that corresponds to your pickup location: a meeting spot in Perth, central Perth hotels or Rockingham, 40 minutes south of the city.

Set off from the shore with the boat crew, who locates a pod of dolphins while you put on your provided wetsuit, snorkel and mask. Then jump in the water and marvel at the dolphins who quickly surround you, ready to swim with you and show off their playful antics. While swim-with-dolphin opportunities can be found at many beach resorts in Australia and around the world, this tour provides a superior experience due to the staff, who has built a rapport with these beloved marine mammals.

When you get out of the water, refuel with provided refreshments on the boat before returning to Rockingham, where your tour ends with the drive back to Perth. Traveler Photos. Reviews 4. One of the best experiences in my life.