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The Florida Keys Sights

Dolphin Research Center

  • 58901 Overseas Hwy. Map It
  • Grassy Key
  • Zoo/Aquarium

Updated 05/12/2014

Fodor's Review

The 1963 movie Flipper popularized the notion of humans interacting with dolphins, and Milton Santini, the film's creator, also opened this center, which is home to a colony of dolphins and sea lions. The nonprofit center has educational sessions and programs that allow you to greet the dolphins from dry land or play with them in their watery habitat. You can even paint a T-shirt with a dolphin—you pick the paint, the dolphin "designs" your shirt. The center also

offers five-day programs for children and adults with disabilities.

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Sight Information

Address:

MM 59 BS, 58901 Overseas Hwy., Grassy Key, Florida, 33050, United States

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Phone:

305-289–1121-information; 305-289–0002-reservations

Website: www.dolphins.org

Sight Details:

  • $20
  • Daily 9–4:30

Updated 05/12/2014

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By aban4

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Oct 29, 2009

Dolphin Research Center Review

seemed VERY $$ to me.Just north heading back up on right is another dolphin exhibit that I enjoyed more,sorry I cant remember its name. Note this advertise $19.50 is a entrance fee only any sort of photos or interactive activies are where the extreme cost come in to the picture.

By Melissa

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Jun 22, 2006

Educational, Fun, Fun, and More Fun!

Our family had a wonderful day at Dolphin Research Center. Their dolphins, in natural seawater lagoons, love to interact with you as you walk by. Narrated shows are every 30-45 minutes, and it seemed like nothing was 'behind the scenes'! We saw research sessions, medical sessions, and just fun-n-messing around sessions. The trainers spoke with us directly, and it is obvious how much the whole staff loves the dolphins, the facility, and the people

that come to visit! Next time, we'll be sure to sign up for one of the swims or other public programs (they have some where spend the day with the trainers and researchers).

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By sandi

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Jul 12, 2005

paradise

everyone wants a taste of paradise but then complain about phone lines and waiting.been swimming with the dolphins several times and had a wonderful time each time,trainers were wonderful to.

By Marsha

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Mar 22, 2005

Took the Plunge with Dolphins

I read the rants and don't agree. Yes, it was difficult to get through on the phone lines, but when I did the woman kindly explained that I was trying to call during their busiest time of year -- so a lot of others were trying to call, too. I thought the swim program was great fun AND educational. The entire facility obviously cares a great deal about the dolphins and the people go out of their way to be nice to visitors and share information while

introducing you to lots of fascinating things about the dolphins and sea lions.

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