PRIVATE Connect to Protect
Enjoy the entire Facility to Yourself!
During our Private Connect to Protect program, you will experience the same breathtaking moments that make up the “Connect to Protect” swim but with the privacy of having the entire facility to yourself. This small group experience is available for family and friend groups of up to 6 people and includes a private educational briefing before entering the dolphin habitat for a custom-tailored interaction program.
The completely private nature of this program is great for those seeking a COVID-friendly activity, celebrating a birthday, engagement, or anniversary, or for the dolphin fanatic longing to make a unique connection with these magnificent animals.
Note: Program available for parties of 1 or 2 with the minimum booking price of 3 paid participants. Not eligible for discounts or promotions.
Hours: 9:00 am Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: Briefing 15 min. Due to the private nature of the program and individuality of the dolphins, this program is not timed but rather based on the number of behaviors. Cost: $325 per person | Minimum 3 People Ages: Minimum 7 with adult or 10 alone
Connect to Protect
Exclusive to DPMMR | Not offered anywhere else!
In our flagship program, your personalized swim experience is tailored to you and the dolphins as our trainers guide you through a series of interactions designed to create a meaningful connection with the dolphin. Following an educational briefing, you’ll meet up with your private trainer to plan your custom session where you can choose from a slower paced program, high energy behaviors, or a combination of both. Based on your wishes and the individual dolphins you are working with, you might feel the heartbeat of the dolphin, gaze into their eyes, listen to their vocalizations, hug and hold the animal, feel their skin, swim side-by-side or allow them to showcase their speed as you lay heart to heart for a belly ride.
Due to the personalized nature of this program, the unique guided style of each trainer, and the individual personalities of each of our dolphins, no two Connect to Protect programs will ever be the same. To protect the magic of this program, the program is not timed but rather based on the number of behaviors.
Hours: 10am, 1pm and 3pm Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: Duration: Briefing 30-40 min. | To maximize your experience and the dolphin's this session is not timed, as the trainers leave it up to the dolphins for how long it takes them to accomplish a set number of behaviors. Cost: $215 per person Ages: Minimum 7 with adult or 10 alone
Splash and Wade
You don’t need to be a swimmer to enjoy this exhilarating experience. Splash and Wade is an interaction that lets you meet our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins up close and personal, while standing comfortably in waist-deep water. After an informative briefing you’ll be fitted with a flotation vest and stand on a platform that submerges to about 3 feet deep in our natural, ocean-water lagoon. Our dolphins will come to you for interactive behaviors like body rubs, handshakes or photo ops. This program is fun and easy for young and young at heart alike!
Hours: 10am, 1pm and 3pm Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: Briefing 20-30 min. | To maximize your experience and the dolphin's this session is not timed, as the trainers leave it up to the dolphins for how long it takes them to accomplish a set number of behaviors. Cost: $170 per person Ages: Minimum 3 with adult or 10 alone
Splash & Swim
Our NEW Splash & Swim program is a comfortable blend of our two most popular programs, the Interactive Swim, and the Splash & Wade. This program is perfect for families with children of varying ages, as well as those guests that prefer to ease into a deep- water experience. Your program will begin in our ocean-water lagoon on a platform in waist-deep water. Our trainers will ask our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins to meet you through a series of behaviors such as back rubs, belly rubs, or a handshake. Next, you will have the option to step off the platform into the dolphins’ world of deeper water to experience two additional behaviors. If you are comfortable, one of these behaviors can be a high energy behavior such as a dorsal tow, belly ride, or foot push. If you prefer, you are welcome to remain on the platform for your additional dolphin interactions.
Hours: 10:00 AM Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your start time Duration: Briefing -20-30 minutes. **To maximize your experience, and for the comfort of the dolphins, this session is not timed. The trainers leave it up to the dolphins for how long it takes them to accomplish a set number of behaviors. Cost: $195.00 Ages: The minimum age to participate in this program is 3 years old. Please note that the deep-water option is only available for guests ages 7 years old and up. A paying adult participant is required for all guests 9 and under.
Discover Dolphins Dockside
Discover Dolphins in our exciting dockside program. You'll meet a trainer on a floating platform and enjoy a fun meet-and-greet with one of our dolphins! During this program, a trainer will guide you through a set of behaviors centered around introducing you to your new flippered friend. Guests might expect to give the dolphin a back rub and try out their own training skills by giving the dolphins some hand signals. For children age 4 or under, an accompanying adult may assist the child on the platform with the program.
Photographers are on hand to capture each moment and all participants will take home a complimentary photo of their interaction.
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all program participants will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the program and guests and trainers are not permitted to kiss the dolphin. Alternative behaviors to the kiss have been arranged.
Hours: 10am, 1pm and 3pm Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: Session is not timed, as the trainers leave it up to the dolphins for how long it takes them to accomplish a set number of behaviors Cost: $65 per person Ages: Minimum 6 months with adult or 7 alone
Trainer for a Day
Shadow a trainer for a day at DPMMR! This program combines dolphin interactions with a behind the scenes look into marine mammal care and training. Please join us for this unique and exciting educational opportunity!
From swimming with dolphins, to fish preparation and washing buckets, participants work one-on-one with an experienced animal trainer to gain insight into marine mammal care and training. The day is complete with in-depth discussions and experiential learning, encompassing topics such as training, marine mammal care, animal identification, dolphin anatomy and reproduction, marine mammal intelligence and communication, enrichment, and tactics utilized to build a trusting relationship between trainer and animal.
The Trainer for a Day program also includes an 8x10 photo of you and our dolphins to commemorate your experience and a Trainer for a Day T-Shirt. You'll also take home a free book which is supplemental to the knowledge and enjoyment participants gain during this unique program.
Hours: Full Day: 9:15am to 3:15pm, Half-Day: 9:45am to 12pm or 12:45pm to 3pm Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: Full Day: About 6 hours, Half-Day: About 3 hours Cost: Full Day $655 per person; $100 to Observe, Half-Day: $365 per person; $50 to Observe Ages: Minimum 7 years Interactions Included: Full Day: Interactive Swim and Splash & Wade, Half-Day: Interactive Swim Note: Book, Tee Shirt, and 8x10 photo are also included
Call (305) 453-4321 to book.