Top 4 Places to See Dolphins in Florida
By Carrie McLaren
Whether it’s in one of the state's waterways or aquariums, these places to see dolphins in Florida is an experience you’ll never forget.
Here’s a look at some local destinations where you can get up close and personal with dolphins in Florida:
1. Gulf World Marine Park
At Gulf World Marine Park, the park’s Bottlenose Dolphin show features music and acrobatics from the dolphins and trainers. Unless you want to get wet, beware ofthe first 10 rows – that’s the splash zone. For an additional fee, after each show families can have their pictures taken with the dolphins and sea lion. And if you’re looking for a truly memorable experience – ask about their swimming with the dolphins program.
2. Clearwater Marine Aquarium
At the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, visitors can see places featured in the movies "Dolphin Tale" and sequel "Dolphin Tale 2," both filmed at the aquarium. Located along the waterways of Clearwater, the aquarium is one of the state’s most-visited attractions. You’ll find the star of the aquarium, Winter the Dolphin, in the Winter Zone upstairs. Along with her trainer, she does educational shows throughout the day but you can also find her swimming around the Zone.
3. Marineland Dolphin Adventure
Just south of St. Augustine and not far from Palm Coast you’ll find Marineland Dolphin Adventure, a great place to see dolphins in Florida. The park’s Touch and Feed program allows families to do both with Florida dolphins. It’s an up-close experience that happens daily and welcomes visitors ages 3 and up. The Immersion features 30 minutes of pool time with the dolphins and an educational session. You’ll have the chance to swim with the creatures and learn commands that trainers use to interact with them.
4. Miami Seaquarium
At the Miami Seaquarium, hop in the water with these lovable mammals and get to know them in an up-close and personal setting. The Dolphin Odyssey program lets visitors experience the behaviors of the dolphins with kisses, feeding techniques and training methods used by staff members. The Odyssey program is in deep waters, while the shallow-water Dolphin Encounter features a classroom setting where guests can learn about the dolphins before entering the water. From there, Encounter guests stand in shallow water and the dolphins swim to them. It’s a fun, learning experience for the entire family. Don’t miss seeing the Flipper Dolphin Show, too. Items from the original TV show are on exhibit at the entrance of Flipper's stadium.