Swim with Dolphins, Marathon
located on grassy key just east of marathon is the dolphin research center. here you can learn about and interact with these intelligent marine mamals. the dolphin research center has a more scientific approach to their programs than some of the other "swim with dolphins" attractions in the keys. like all of the swim with dolphin attractions in the keys a swim with a dolphin is expensive. see their website for more infomation and prices.
Who doesn't like watching dolphins? They are so smart and seem to really enjoy being around humans. I believe I saw on Discovery that in terms of "intelligence" the dolphin is 4th in line (after #1 human, #2 chimp, and #3 gorilla). At the Dolphin Research Center you can pay the regular admission price and just watch the dolphin shows all day (the trainers have them jump, flip, zip through the water, play with toys, etc) or you can participate in the many programs. Some programs offer water time where you actually get in the water and play with the dolphin, other programs let you stay dry and pet the dolphin, or you can really shell out the $$$ and do trainer for the day programs.
Hours of Operation: Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed to the public on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day.
General admission: Adults-$19.50; Seniors 55 and over-$16.50; Children 4-12-$13.50; Children 3 and under-Free.
***military discount, but only during low season (fall/winter)***
The Dolphin Research Center is on Grassy Key. I considered going when we first got here, but as I have been scuba diving with wild dolphins, I decided it wasn't worth the money to me.
Hours of Operation: Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Closed to the public on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day.)
General admission: Adults-$17.50; Seniors 55 and over-$14.50; Children 4-12-$11.50; Children 3 and under-Free.
Interactive Programs: Dolphin Encounter swims, DolphinSplash.