Dolphin Research Center

"Providing Sanctuary and a Forever Home since 1984." Bring your family to meet our family and spend the day with Dolphin Research Center's dolphins and sea lions in an all-natural setting on Grassy Key in the fabulous Florida Keys. At our nonprofit education and research facility, experience teaching, learning and caring for marine mammals and the environment as you enjoy exciting, fun, narrated behavior sessions and other educational presentations every half an hour. Want to meet a dolphin up close? We offer a variety of interactive programs including the Dolphin Encounter swim and Family Dolphin Splash. Ultimate Trainer for a Day, VIP Experience, Researcher Experience, Play with a Dolphin, Paint with a Dolphin, Dolphin Explorer, and Meet a Dolphin also offered daily. Reserve most programs online at our website. Make a splash in the Sprayground. A colorful giant seahorse, whale flukes, palm trees and other tropical sculptures shoot jets and streams of water while dolphin, whale, and manatee sounds play. Access to the Sprayground is included in your general admission. Thinking of visiting? Check out our live webcam at from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm eastern time! DRC is proud to be an accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the International Marine Animal Trainers Association.



Bus Parking, Buyout Available, Concessions

Average Visit Time

1 - 2 hours, 2 - 3 hours, Full day, Half day


AAA Discount, Group Discount, Military Discount

Guest Information

Family Friendly, LGBTQ Friendly

Hours of Operation

Dates closed: Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day, Hours: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily (Last animal session at 4:15 p.m.)