New Program - Trainer Experience!

Experience being a dolphin trainer in this exciting half-day adventure.

Experience being a trainer in this half day, exciting adventure!

Programs

Dolphin Research Center offers a variety of interactive programs for all age levels, interests, time and travel budgets!  Whether you'd like to collaborate with a dolphin artist to create a unique painted T-shirt, want to experience the thrill of swimming with dolphins, learn more about our research, or want to know what it's like to be a dolphin trainer in Ultimate Trainer for a Day or Trainer Experience, there's a program for you!

The following list provides information about all of the interactive programs that Dolphin Research Center offers.  Please note: Meet the Dolphin, Paint with a Dolphin, Play with the Dolphin, Dolphin Explorer and Hug a Sea Lion are offered on a walk-in, first come/first served basis only at different times in the day and cannot be reserved in advance.  When you arrive at Dolphin Research Center, please ask about the availability of those programs.  The Guest Services staff will be happy to assist you!

Ultimate Trainer for a Day, Trainer Experience, Researcher Experience, Dolphin Encounter and Dolphin Dip can be reserved online and in advance. 

In line with Dolphin Research Center’s mission, our dolphin and sea lion families are our primary concern. Therefore, their wellbeing can dictate program start and end times on any given day. Our guests are important to us also. To ensure maximum enjoyment for all concerned, only animals who choose to interact will participate in interactive programs. We thank you for your flexibility and understanding to possible changes to our daily schedule.

If not everyone in your party wants to do an interactive program, don't forget that they can still visit the dolphins and sea lions with general admission.  They'll also be able to watch from one of our public access areas while you enjoy your program.  For more information and general admission prices, please click here

We look forward to you visiting Dolphin Research Center.

Dolphin Encounter


Availability: Daily. Advance reservations recommended. Private Encounters available at additional cost starting at $850 for 1-3 people. Call 305 289-0002 for more details
Price:$199 per person. Includes all day admission for participant(s). Price does not include reservation fee.
Program Duration: 20-25 mins in-water. Including check-in, anticipate being at DRC for up to 2 hrs
Age/Restrictions:
  • 5 yrs and up. Children under 8 yrs must be accompanied by participating adult.
  • For safety and liability reasons,pregnant ladies are unable to participate in this program
    Reservations for Guests with Disabilities: Dolphin Research Center welcomes guests with disabilities. For your safety and to ensure the optimum experience, we would like to handle your reservation personally. Please click here for further information

    Experience a unique thrill of a lifetime when you get an up-close look at the beauty and intelligence of our dolphins in this deep and shallow in-water experience. A memory that will last forever!

  • General Admission


    Price: Adults: $28.00, Military/Veterans (present military ID): $25.00,
    Children 4-12: $23.00
    Children 3 and under: Free

    Purchase a General Admission and spend some time getting to know our dolphin and sea lion family! General Admission does not include hands-on contact with any marine mammals. Interactive programs can be purchased separately.

    Dolphin Research Center is pet friendly and welcomes animals that are leashed or harnessed

    Dolphin Dip


    Availability: Daily. Advance rez recommended.
    Price: $159 per person. Children younger than 5 are free and must be held by participating adult. Incl. admission. Price does not include reservation fee.
    Program Duration: 20-25 mins in-water
    Ages/Restrictions:
  • Participating adult must accompany children under 8
  • Children under 5 must be held on adult (18+ Yrs) hip
  • For safety and liability reasons, pregnant ladies are unable to participate in this program
    Guests with disabilities, to reserve a program, Please click here

    This small group activity program is perfect for families and people of all ages! Plunge into fun and interact with a dolphin while you stand on a submerged platform.

  • Ultimate Trainer for the Day


    Availability: Daily. Limited availability. 24hr advance reservations required.
    Price: $695.00 per person. Includes all day admission for participant(s). Price does not include reservation fee.
    Program Duration: Full Day
    Age: Ages 10 and older

    THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE. Accompany trainers all day during this intensive interactive adventure!

    Trainer Experience


    Availability: Daily. Limited availability. 24hr advance reservations required.
    Price: $475.00 per person. Includes all day admission for participant(s). Price does not include reservation fee.
    Program Duration:Half Day (approximately 4 hours).
    Ages/Restrictions:Ages 5 and older. Participating adult must accompany children younger than 10.

    EXPERIENCE BEING A DOLPHIN TRAINER! Accompany trainers and interact with dolphins during this fun-filled half day adventure.

    Researcher Experience

    Availability: Daily. Limited availability. 96hr advance reservations required.
    Price: $475.00 per person. Includes all day admission for participant(s). Price does not include reservation fee.
    Program Duration: Half Day (approximately 4 hours).
    Ages/Restrictions: Ages 10 and older.
    SPEND HALF A DAY WITH OUR RESEARCH TEAM! Observe dolphins and sea lions and help with research related activities.

    Play with the Dolphin


    Availability: Daily. Walk-in basis only
    Price: $60 plus admission
    Program Duration: Approximately one half hour
    Age/Restrictions:
  • 5 yrs and up
  • Participating adult must accompany children under 8
  • Detail:
    Join in a dolphin playtime session, have some fun - and expect to get splashed!

    Dolphin Explorer


    Availability: Daily. Walk-in basis only
    Price: $75 plus admission
    Program Duration: Approximately one half hour.
    Age/Restrictions:
  • Ages 5 and up
  • Participating adult must accompany children under 8
  • English a MUST
  • To fully enjoy this program it requires you to have the ability to stand and kneel on a floating platform
  • Detail:
    Discover the excitement of research while having fun with the dolphins!

    Paint with a Dolphin


    Availability: Daily. Walk-in basis only
    Price: $65 plus admission
    Program Duration: Approximately 10 mins interaction
    Age/Restrictions:
  • 3 yrs and up
  • Participating adult must accompany children under 8 or an adult may come down with a child for a nominal fee of $10 with no interaction included

    Detail:
    Meet your dolphin artist and hold the shirt while they paint it for you!

  • Meet the Dolphin


    Availability: Several times daily. Walk-in basis only
    Price: $25 per person plus admission
    Program Duration: Plan for approximately one half hour observing the session. 10 mins interaction time
    Age/Restrictions: 1 and up. Participating adult must accompany children under 8.

    Detail:
    If you've craved the chance to touch a dolphin, this is for you!

    Hug a Sea Lion


    Availability: Limited Availability - Walk-in Basis Only
    Price:
    $30 plus admission
    Program Duration: Approx 20 mins in habitat including your hug
    Age/Restrictions: 5yrs and up. Participating adult must accompany children under 8
    Details: Hugged a sea lion today? Here is your chance!

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