Connect to Protect
Your private, personalized swim experience is tailored to you and the dolphin as our trainers guide you through a series of interactions designed to build a meaningful connection with the dolphin. During this flagship program, you will experience moments that will make time stand still. Choose a slow or faster paced program, stand on a platform, or swim in deep water. Feel the heartbeat of the dolphin, gaze into their eyes, listen to their vocalizations, and experience various behaviors such as rubs, swim-withs, cradles, cuddles, and hugs. Due to the personalized nature of the 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. No other facility offers this program!
Hours: 9:15 am Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: Briefing 15 min. | In-Water 15 min. Cost: $249 per person Ages: Minimum 7 with adult or 13 alone
A thrilling adventure of a lifetime! In this deep-water program, you’ll experience the speed, power, and gentle precision of our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins via a variety of trained behaviors. Begin the program with an educational briefing, on dolphin anatomy and biology, marine mammal and ocean conservation, and detailed descriptions of the dolphin interactions. Guided by a trainer, swimmers are then divided into smaller groups, to maximize and personalize each dolphin interaction.
You’ll enter a natural, ocean-water lagoon (10-15 feet deep) while wearing a flotation vest. Take turns to experience fun and exciting behaviors such as foot pushes and dorsal tows and interact with intimate behaviors such as belly rubs and hugs. You’ll also test your skills as a trainer by giving the dolphins hand signals.
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: $210 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: $165 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.
Rendezvous with a Dolphin
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: $59 per person Ages: Minimum 6 months with adult or 7 alone
Co-create a marine mammal masterpiece with one of our dolphins! Choose a palette of colors and interact with the dolphins while sitting comfortably atop a floating platform. Accompanied by one of our trainers, you’ll watch in awe as one of our dolphins paints a beautiful work of art just for you. Work with the trainer to lend a hand and marvel at the creative, curious and captivating intelligence of these amazing marine mammals.
Hours: 1pm and 3pm Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: About 15-20 minutes Cost: $125 per person Ages: Minimum 6 months with adult or 7 alone
Private Group Dolphin Experience
How would like to have the entire Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder facility to yourself while you enjoy a private VIP, small group experience with your friends and family? If so, the Private Group Dolphin Experience at DPMMR is for you! This exclusive program, offered once daily, will provide you with stories for a lifetime. Seen as the quintessential dolphin interaction our unique dolphin encounter includes, two personalized dolphin paintings (created by our dolphin artists during your swim), a complimentary towel and T-shirt for each guest, a private tour of our facility, educational briefing about our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, and private swim experience with our amazing dolphin family. Your program also includes a complete photo package of your private experience. Refreshing, non-alcoholic beverages will be provided for your party during your stay.
Arrival: Please check in at 10am Duration: 2 hours Cost: $2,800 for up to 6 people, each additional person would be $500 each with a maximum of 8 people Ages: Minimum 7 with adult or 10 alone Note: In-Water 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. Guests can opt for Splash and Wade instead of swim.
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 $630 per person; $100 to Observe, Half-Day: $350 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.
Marine Biologist for a Day
Do you want to know more about dolphin behavior and gain hands on marine mammal research experience? Then, the "Marine Biologist for a Day" at DPMMR is the program for you! We’ll start with detailed insight into dolphin behavior from one of our trainers and then begin a longitudinal study of mother-calf interactions! The data you gather will be shared with the scientific community conducting vital research on the maternal and paternal care of marine mammals. You'll learn about sampling techniques, how to effectively acquire scientific data and how to interpret dolphin behavior.
Next up, you'll help prepare the fish and vitamin regimens for our dolphins and learn about what we do to ensure the physical and psychological wellbeing of our beloved dolphins. During the afternoon, you’ll learn about the ongoing research projects at DPMMR, including the assessment of higher cognitive abilities in our dolphins. This research will one day contribute to a greater understanding of dolphin intelligence. You'll also participate in a splash & wade program with our dolphins to learn about their anatomy and receive a one-on-one career guidance session with a staff scientist. There's another part of our job that we're very serious about – having fun with the animals! So, during mid-day feeding, you'll enjoy some playtime with the dolphins from their floating docks, doing belly rubs, kisses, and snapping an 8x10 photo to commemorate your day as a Marine Biologist.
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: About 6 hours (9:45am - 3:30pm) Cost: Full Day $630 per person; $100 to Observe, Half-Day: $350 per person; $50 to Observe Ages: Minimum 7 years Interactions Included: Full Day: Interactive Swim and Splash & Wade Program, Half-Day: Interactive Swim Note: T-Shirt, 8x10 photo and book are also included
Call (305) 453-4321 to book.