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 handshakes, belly rubs, and kisses. You’ll also test your skills as a trainer, 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
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, kisses, 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
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 kisses. 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
Snorkel with Dolphins
Guided by one of our dolphin trainers, you’ll be led on a snorkeling experience of a lifetime! The goal of this program is to observe and learn more about the dolphins' natural behavior and abilities. After an educational briefing, you’ll be encouraged and shown how to simulate dolphin body language with parallel swimming and diving underwater. While in the water, mask and fins are required, but the snorkel is optional. Enjoy the unique experience of becoming a member of a dolphin pod, while observing the dolphins' natural grace, beauty, and curiosity. Guests may observe natural behaviors such as nursing, vocalizations, hunting/fishing, and diverse social interactions within the pod.
Hours: 2:30pm Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: Briefing 20-30 min. | In-Water 20 min. Cost: $150 per person Ages: Minimum 7 with adult or 13 alone Note: Prior snorkeling experience is recommended, but not required
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, preserved on a flash drive. Refreshing, non-alcoholic beverages will be provided for your party during your stay. DPMMR also offers a catered lunch for an additional fee.
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.
Dolphin Conservation Demo
Designed to help you appreciate the natural skill and ability of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, while you learn how YOU can help if you see a stranded whale or dolphin. Witness the speed, power, and finesse of our dolphins during this high-energy and exciting program. Featuring an educational briefing and live demonstration of interactions between our trainers and dolphins, this program revolves around an exercise session for the dolphins, highlighting the acrobatic behaviors dolphins naturally exhibit in the wild. This program focuses on local Florida Keys marine conservation and teaches guests how they can help local marine life. We believe the more you know about dolphins, the more you’ll want to protect our oceans.
Hours: 9:30am Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: About 20 minutes Cost: $49 per person Ages: All ages welcome!
Caring for Dolphins Demo
Learn about our unique and gentle approach to keeping our dolphins healthy. Meet a DPMMR professional who will guide you through a live demonstration of an animal care (husbandry) session for a dolphin. You’ll observe lagoon-side and learn about the training steps involved to allow the dolphins to voluntarily participate in their own medical and preventative care. Behaviors such as ultrasounds, voluntary blood draws, tooth brushing, and hydrations will be demonstrated live, with each step described and explained. Guests are encouraged to bring questions!
Hours: 9:30am Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: About 20 minutes Cost: $25 per person Ages: All ages welcome!
Rendezvous with a Dolphin
Have you ever dreamed of being kissed by a dolphin? Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder offers a program to make this dream a reality! Rendezvous with a Dolphin offers you the chance to meet one of our friendly Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), while you are comfortably kneeling on a floating platform. You may receive a fun and gentle kiss or a belly rub from a dolphin while our photographer captures the moment with a digital photo. Stop by DPMMR to complete your bucket list!
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
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.
A critical (and rewarding) part of a trainer's job is to create and maintain a positive relationship with the dolphins they work with. At Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder, trainers swim with the dolphins in private sessions throughout the day to help foster this relationship. The Shadow a Trainer for a Day program is the only Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder experience that invites participants to join a trainer during this private natural swim time.
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. This is supplemental to the knowledge and enjoyment participants gain during this unique program.
Hours: 9:45am Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: About 6 hours (9:45am - 3:30pm) Cost: Full-Day: $630 per person - Half-Day: $350 per person - $50 to Observe Ages: Minimum 7 years Interactions Included: Full-Day: Interactive Swim and Guided Natural Swim - Half-Day: Interactive Swim Note: T-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 private natural swim with our dolphins (including in-water data collection!) 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: 9:45am Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time Duration: About 6 hours (9:45am - 3:30pm) Cost: Full-Day: $630 per person - Half-Day: $350 per person - $50 to Observe Ages: Minimum 7 years Interactions Included: Full-Day: Interactive Swim and Guided Natural Swim, belly rubs, kisses -Half-Day: Interactive Swim, belly rubs, kisses Note: T-Shirt, 8x10 photo and book are also included
Call (305) 453-4321 to book.
A modest admission fee lets you enjoy an educational briefing and observe our scheduled programs for the day.
Hours: Access pass is available from 9am - 12pm and from 1pm - 5pm Duration: Stay as long as we are open Cost: $15 per person Note: Children 6 years or younger are admitted free of charge into the DPMMR facility and must be accompanied by an adult.