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.
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.
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.
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.
Bike to our Attractions
The Sambrebo Beach 1/2 miles
The Turtle Hospital 2.9 miles
The Dolphin Reseach Center 10,2 miles
Seven Mile Bridge 5,6 miles
The Marathon Wild Bird Center 1,8 miles
Florida Keys Country Club 1,6 miles
Starfish Marathon Snorkeling Tours 3,5 miles
Big Game Sportfishing 3,2 miles
The Weather at Marathon
What Our Guests Say
“Without question one of the nicest homes we have stayed at in the Keys. The dock was perfect and access to the ocean was an easy 15 minute cruise through a beautiful canal. The inside of the home was spacious and inviting. But the majority of our time was spent at the outdoor bar and kitchen. For our group this amenity was tailor made. Every meal was prepared an enjoyed here. Great, great place. Don’t miss the opportunity to stay here. You won’t be disappointed”.