The Marathon Dolphin Research Center
The dolphin research center is located just a few miles from our vacation rentals on Marathon in the middle of the Florida Keys. The Center was founded as a nonprofit corporation back in 1984. The goal was to ensure that the dolphins had a home there for life, and in doing so to establish a unique education and research facility.
The bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions presently living there provide a range of personalities and backgrounds. Over half of the family was born at the Center, while the other members have either come from other facilities or were rescued, rehabilitated and deemed unreleasable back into the wild by the Government, and now have a home forever at the Dolphin Research Center.
Spend an hour or the whole day learning all about our family of Bottlenose Dolphins and California Sea Lions.
The natural seawater lagoons that the dolphins and sea lions call home are also host to a wide variety of fish and other marine animals. Wild dolphins stop by from time to time to visit with their DRC cousins through the dolphin-safe perimeter fence!
Once you have paid for a Daily Admission, feel free to come and go from the DRC grounds as you please. We will give you a dolphin hand stamp to ensure you can come back later in the day if you so wish to revisit your dolphin and sea lion friends!
Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 4.30pm except for Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day.
General Admission
Admission Price: Adults: $28:00, Military/Veterans (present military ID): $25:00, Children 4-12: $23.00. Children 3 and under free admission. All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
$3 Off On-line Purchases: Adults: $25.00, Children 4-12: $20.00, Children 3 and under: free. (May not be combined with other discounts/coupons)
Please note: General Admission does not include hands-on contact with any marine mammals. Interactive programs can be purchased separately.
Dolphin Encounter
Price: $199 – includes all-day admission. Afternoon Delight – Check out our discounted Dolphin Encounters! (Price does not include On-line Reservation Fee).
Ages: 5 Yrs and Up. A paying participating adult (18+Yrs) must accompany a child 5-7 Yrs.
There are many other encounters so make sure that you visit their website for the full run down of options.

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