swimming boy interacts with a dolphin at dolphin research center marathon
kids play in the splashpad area at dolphin research center marathon
four dolphins leaping in unison at dolphin research center marathon
floating docks in a facility on the ocean at dolphin research center marathon
a whiskered seal with open mouth at dolphin research center marathon


The Dolphin Research Center is a not-for-profit 501 (c)3 marine mammal education and research facility providing sanctuary and a forever home to dolphins and marine animals since 1984. Meet the family of dolphins and sea lions who live in the natural seawater lagoons of the Gulf of Mexico. Watch educational presentations, experience the narrated behavior sessions, visit the tropical birds or Veterans Park, or play in the sprayground. Experience each of the dolphins’ dolphin-alities as they choose to participate in the programs. Learn about their research programs during a video presentation. Enjoy special encounters with the dolphins and sea lions including swimming with dolphins, trainer for a day program, researcher experience and more!

A discount and military offer may be available. Please contact Dolphin Research Center, Grassy Key for current details, hours, promotions, admission tickets, and to verify visitor information as things may change. Check out our See & Do Page for other fun things to do in Florida and our Deals Page for offers and coupons for Florida attractions, restaurants, shops and more.

(305) 289-0002

Dolphin Research Center is a proud member of the Florida Attractions Association, representing Florida's finest family attractions.