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Dolphin Research Center

#1 of 1 things to do in Grassy Key Features Animals
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 yesterday via mobile

We took the family to check it out. We just did the general admission as we did not know what to expect. Everyone had a great time. You are so close to the dolphins it is amazing. The staff was excellent, they took time to...More

1  Thank mickeyfanone
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Booked this experience for my 4 year old hoping it would be quite magical. Although she enjoyed it, I found it to be a conveyor belt experience that promised far more than it delivered. Firstly, there were 9 people in our group, standing on a...More

Thank kevlondon
Reviewed 5 days ago

We all love Dolphins , and this place have lots of them and they are beautiful , you can tell that they take really good care of them . We really enjoyed the few hours that we spent here , but the place needs an...More

Thank BUorD
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for visiting and providing your feedback. You're correct that we are working on some terrific enhancements for our guests with a new Welcome Center that will open soon and upgraded guest changing rooms, restrooms and other amenities. We can't wait! In terms of what...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I love hanging out here, the people really care about the animals, and the trainers are happy to talk to you about anything and everything. The dolphins are very happy and well cared for. My six year old daughter and I did the Paint with...More

Thank vylagurl
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We're so glad that you joined our family of members and that you enjoy the newsletters and other benefits of membership. Thanks so much for spending time with us and with the dolphins, of course. Hopefully, the painted t-shirt brings back happy memories of your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was great they are under construction but it was great very up close great place to take kids especially if the love dolphinsMore

Thank Tracy A
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

You're so right that we have a couple of construction projects going on that will be done soon. Thankfully, they are happening closer to our entrance and don't impact our animals or the behavior presentations and programs that we present throughout the day. Thanks so...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to go to the DRC to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary. Best decision EVER! We splurged and went for the VIP package and we don't regret one penny! The staff and crew were friendly, courteous, helpful and very knowledgeable. My new bride...More

Thank RS M
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Happy Anniversary, first of all. Secondly, thanks so much for coming to DRC and taking part in the VIP Experience. We are so happy that you had a great time. How cool that you are animal rescuers too! We look forward to you visiting again...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Dolphins are most intelligent animal and the tours/shows present it. Need to time manage as if you want to go for one of the add on dolphin encounters, which limit size, how to fit in. Popular so imagine on crowded days all the extra curricular...More

Thank Kevin C
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for letting us know that we fulfilled our goal of demonstrating the amazing abilities of dolphins and that you enjoyed your visit. It's true that some times of year are busier than others and our most popular programs may book up in advance....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this for the first time 2.5 yrs ago, and it is still great! The staff is so knowledgeable and willing to share everything they know. The day we were there, they had a communication study going on so we got to watch that....More

Thank Kara D
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Welcome back. We're glad you had another great time during your visit, including seeing some of our current research. Thanks so much for your repeat visit and your compliments!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I find this place my own personal retreat, have come here w the family as well as on my own. Peaceful, not a tourist trap like other marine wildlife places. Purchase a membership up front before you enter. It will cover the entry fees and...More

Thank SandNSea4me C
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It always warms our hearts to know how closely connected people feel to Dolphin Research Center and our family of marine mammals, humans and other creatures. Thanks so much for becoming a member. Your support helps us to do what we do every day. We...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I felt like this experience was not only fun, it was an amazing education for me an my six year old daughter. The trainers at DRC absolutely love and respect the Marine Mammals, and they taught us so much about caring for them and our...More

Thank Keysians
DolphinResearchCtr, Public Relations Manager at Dolphin Research Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Providing a fun experience that is educational is so important to all of us here. We are delighted to know that you feel this is what you enjoyed when you visited Dolphin Research Center. If your visit here inspires you and your daughter to share...More

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GiddyUp2there
Can reservations for a dolphin encounter be done the night prior to ones visit? Is it possible to walk in and sign up for the dolphin encounter? Thank you.
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
do you still offer the hug a sealion program?
3 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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amd92017
Can anyone comment on kids dolphin camp at the DRC? Seeking feedback from parents and camp participants. Not from FA. Never been to DRC. My 10 year old daughter loves dolphins but has never done a sleep away camp. Pls advise.
1 March 2017|
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Response from DolphinResearchCtr | Property representative |
I know you're looking for feedback from parents and camp participants and not directly from us. I hope some of them see your question. I can tell you that we are dedicated to providing all of the campers with a great... More
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