Dolphin Facilities to Learn and Swim with Dolphins Around the World!
If you want to learn about dolphins, beluga and killer whales, sea lions, seals, sea otters, and walrus, you can find educational materials from these dolphin places. These marine life parks, aquariums, and zoos also offer special education programs and unique interactive programs. Web sites include costs and reservation numbers.
You can also learn about research that benefits both the marine mammals in the wild and about stranding response teams that help save the lives of injured and sick marine mammals and return them to their ocean and river environments.
These Dolphin Facilities are passionate about marine mammals and, because they are experts in marine mammal husbandry, provide their animals the very best animal care. If you too love marine mammals, check out member web sites that post career information to help you become part of the marine mammal community.
For each marine life park, aquarium, zoo or research institution, you will find a listing below that includes the name of the facility and their location and contact them.
- Key West
- New Zealand
- Keys Largo
Harbour Cruises & Swimming With Dolphins
Telephone: +64 3 304 7641
The mission of the Chicago Zoological
To inspire conservation leadership by connecting people
with wildlife and nature.
The vision of the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield
To be the preeminent zoological institution working with
people to achieve a more harmonious and sustainable relationship
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
Wildlife Cruises, Private Charters, Ferry & Island Adventures
Telephone: +64 3 328 9078
Fax: +64 3 328 8699
CMA provides a home for many animals rescued and rehabilitated
by our stranding response team, which is one of the nation's
most successful. Although many of these injured or sick
animals are subsequently released, some have become permanent
CMA residents due to the extent of their injuries or permanent
disabilities. Some CMA's resident animals include Atlantic
bottlenose dolphins, several species of sea turtle, North
American river otters, brown pelicans, raccoons, opossums,
Telephone: (727) 441-1790
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater, Florida U.S.A.
Swimming with dolphins is the main attraction of a daylong
adventure at Discovery Cove, located adjacent to SeaWorld
in Orlando, Florida. Interacting one-to-one with a bottlenose
dolphin is just one of the many experiences in this exotic
tropical oasis that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Dolphin Cove is a marine education and dolphin swim facility
located in sunny Key Largo, Florida. Visit us in the Florida
Keys and swim with dolphins in our natural lagoon open to
the Florida Bay.
We are home to Dolphin Human Therapy. Our dolphins work
with special needs children most of the year. Our dolphin
swims are available to the public throughout the year and
are a great addition to your Florida vacation.
Key Largo, FL
P.O. Box 85636, Mombasa, Kenya
Tel / Fax (exit code) 254 (0)127 3202144
At 29 miles long and 10 miles wide, Cozumel is the largest
island in the Mexican Caribbean. Its location just 12 miles
off the Yucatan coast, makes it easily accessible by ferry
or plane. Cozumel is recognized world wide for excellent
scuba diving and snorkeling. The spectacular coral reefs
attract thousands of divers each year. Cozumel is also an
island of incredible natural beauty, from its white sand
beaches and turquoise waters to the mangroves and cenotes
hidden in the tropical jungle.
General Phone Number# 00.52.998.849.4757
Dolphin Discovery Anguilla
Just a 30 minutes boat ride from St Martin (French side),
Anguilla is a pristine island paradise wrapped in a brilliant
turquoise sea. The Island has 33 secluded white sand beaches
that are perfect for getting the best tan or just wading
through the surf and leaving your footprints in the sand.
You'll enjoy the relaxing casual atmosphere, local culture
and friendly people. Anguila is the perfect place for a
get away vacation and for swimming with dolphins.
Dolphin Discovery Tortola
The largest of the British Virgin Islands (21 square miles),
Tortola (often referred to as ``nature's little secret´´)
offers beautiful anchorages and is a sailor's paradise -
making it a popular port of call for yachts and cruise ships
alike. With a lush rain forest, rolling hills, and incredible
white sand beaches edging the clear blue Caribbean waters,
the island scenery is nothing short of spectacular. Whether
you are staying on Tortola (or one of the nearby islands
such as St. Thomas or St. John), or visiting the island
while cruising, you should not miss out on a visit to Dolphin
Discovery at Prospect Reef. Make one of our interactive
dolphin programs the highlight of your vacation. Get closer
to these intelligent and amazing creatures and give yourself
the Experience of a Lifetime!
As a member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks &
Aquariums, Dolphin Encounters is committed to the highest
standards of animal care, training, education, conservation
and research. Join us at the Home of Universal Pictures'
Flipper in the Bahamas for an experience you will never
+1 (242) 363-1003
+1 (242) 363-4438
Dolphin Quest opened in 1988, creating a place where people
and dolphins could share the wonder of close personal interaction.
Today, Dolphin Quest is an international organization devoted
to the public education and conservation of marine wildlife.
We are world-renowned for our creative approach to education,
commitment to ocean wildlife research, exemplary animal
health care, and successful breeding programs. Our innovative
encounter programs promote a spirit of connection to the
marvels of the oceans.
Tel: 441-234-4464 Fax: 441-234-4992
Dolphin Quest Bermuda
The paradise island of Bermuda is well known for its exquisite
beaches and bright, turquoise blue water. In 1996, Dolphin
Quest opened its third location in the wonderful country
of Bermuda. Now, guests can enjoy a lifetime of adventure
with Dolphin Quest in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
The dolphins are located at the Bermuda Maritime Museum
(in Dockyards). This historic area provides the perfect
environment for the dolphins, and an ideal setting for guests
to discover their intriguing world.
Dolphin Quest Hawaii
Dolphin Quest first opened at the spectacular Hilton Waikoloa
Village on Hawaii's Big Island in 1988. This creation of
a model habitat for marine mammals was the realization of
a place where dolphins live, play and reproduce free from
the threats they face in the wild. Dolphin Quest's Learning
Center Lagoon was the first of its kind and inspired a new
generation of large, natural habitats for marine mammals.
It was here that Dolphin Quest's interactive programs first
captured the hearts and minds of adults and children alike.
Waikoloa, HI 96738
Tel: 808-886-1234 ext.2875
Dolphin Quest Oahu
The Kahala Hotel & Resort is home to the second Dolphin
Quest location in Hawaii. Located only minutes away from
world-famous Waikiki on the island of Oahu, this extraordinary
ocean front hotel blends the romance and beauty of Hawaii
at a world-class hotel. The dolphin lagoon is located right
in the center of this resort to create a wonderful location
for guests to meet and interact with the resident Atlantic
Dolphin Reef Eilat
Dolphin Reef Eilat, on the shores of the Red Sea, is an
ecological site unique in Israel and throughout the world
where visitors can enjoy a natural atmosphere, magical views,
secluded beach, together with the unusual opportunity of
meeting and observing dolphins in their natural habitat.
A group of "bottlenose" dolphins, including babies
born at the site, maintain their daily routine of hunting,
playing, courting and socializing. They are free to choose
between human company or to continue their daily routine
in the group. The fact that the dolphins choose to be with
us reinforces, in our opinion, the true bond created between
them and us.
Dolphin Research Center (DRC) is a not-for-profit education
and research facility, home to a family of Atlantic bottlenose
dolphins and California sea lions. Over half of our family
was born at the Center, while the other members either have
come to us from other facilities or were collected long
ago by previous management. We are located on Grassy Key
in the heart of the Florida Keys.
Grassy Key, FL 33050-6019
Phone: (305) 289-0002 (program reservations)
(305) 289-1121 (offices)
Mia Yacht Charters
Most mornings between 7:00am and mid-day, four females and
their offspring visit the beach to receive fish from The
Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) rangers.
Visitors to Monkey Mia are able to enter the shallows and
assist in the feeding under the supervision of the rangers.
Western Australia 6537
Phone +61 (8) 9948 1446
Mobile +61 (429) 481 446
Fax +61 (8) 9948 3012
Dolphins Plus Inc.
Dolphins Plus is committed to the conservation and protection
of marine mammals worldwide through education, research,
experiential learning, and environmental awareness. Our
facility is a short drive south of Miami, in sunny Key Largo,
Florida (Florida Keys). We are located on a canal, adjacent
to the Atlantic Ocean, thus creating natural seawater homes
for our 14 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and 2 California
Key Largo, FL 33037 U.S.A
It started in 1954 as a first modern aquarium in Japan.
After half of a century of history, it had been remodeled
and had a new start in April 2004. There are many displays
and shows that you can discover, learn and enjoy.
EPCOT's Living Seas
Located at EPCOT, the Living Seas is a 5.7-million-gallon
aquarium filled with man-made seawater, a simulated coral
reef environment, and a variety of sea life. The mission
of the Living Seas is to conduct research and to inspire
conservation of coral reefs, marine mammals, and fish while
providing Guests with a better understanding of human's
past, present, and future reliance on the seas. Guests at
the Living Seas have the opportunity to experience a variety
of exhibits, presentations, and activities, all designed
to inspire active participation in conservation of the world's
GulfWorld Marine Park
Come to Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, Florida,
and see live shows featuring dolphins, sea lions and tropical
birds. Explore fascinating exhibits showcasing penguins,
flamingos, sharks, otters, alligators, sea turtles, iguana
and much more. Make reservations today to Swim with a Dolphin,
become a Trainer for a Day, attend Dolphin Day Camp or Snooze
with the Sea Life!
Panama City Beach, Florida 32413
Phone Number: 850.234.5271
Since opening in 1964, the Indianapolis Zoo has grown into
a world-class facility hosting a million visitors each year
and playing a major role in worldwide conservation and research,
including accomplishing the world's first successful artificial
insemination of an African elephant. The Indianapolis Zoo
presents the Dolphin Adventure, a combination of new approaches
to dolphin/human interaction and some spectacular design
work inside the Dolphin Adventure Pavilion.
Indianapolis, IN 46222
John G. Shedd Aquarium
At Shedd Aquarium, animals connect you to the living world,
inspiring you to make a difference.
Chicago, IL 60605
Located in the main port of Shinmachi, the Kagoshima Aquarium
opened in May 1997. This new tourist site extensively introduces
us to the wonders of the beautiful sea surrounding Kagoshima
and to the lives of the creatures that inhabit it. The Dolphin
Pool is connected to Kinko Bay, and the bottlenose dolphins
bred there have free access to the greater bay through a
waterway. Visitors can observe the playful dolphins swimming
freely in the waterway. This pool offers a rare glimpse
into the way of life of the dolphins, their intelligence,
and their capabilities.
On the second underground level, the visitors can observe
the dolphins from the sides as well as from below.
6617-17, Cho, Shibushi-cho, Shibushi-shi, Kagoshima-ken
The Lisbon Zoo is not only a traditional zoological space;
it is an important and attractive park where education and
amusement are encouraged. Therefore, our park offers a whole
set of attractions where our visitors can have a lot of
funny and relaxing moments, but, above all, they leave with
the sense of a day well spent.
Main Entrance - Praça Marechal Humberto Delgado,
Phone: (+ 351) 217 232 910
Marine Mammal Center
The Marine Mammal Center recognizes human interdependence
with marine mammals and their importance as sentinels of
the ocean environment, the health of which is essential
for all life. It is our responsibility to use our awareness,
compassion and intelligence to foster marine mammal survival
and the conservation of their habitat. The Marine Mammal
Center works toward this end: Through rescue and humane
treatment of ill, injured, or orphaned marine mammals, to
return healthy animals to the wild. Through scientific inquiry,
to increase knowledge of marine mammals, their health and
their environment and assure their long-term survival. Through
education and communication, to increase appreciation of
marine mammals, foster informed decision-making affecting
them, and inspire action to protect the marine environment.
Sausalito, CA 94965
Come let your imagination swim wild! Marineland, the world's
first oceanarium, invites you to join us in creating your
own lasting memories at the Dolphin Conservation Center,
our new 1.3 million gallon series of dolphin habitats. Choose
from a variety of interactive programs which range from
those where land loving guests can enjoy dolphins up-close,
through those which offer the opportunity to glide into
the dolphins' aquatic world from a sloping beach to swim
with Marineland's gentle residents. Experience these amazing
animals for yourself.
St. Augustine, Fl 32080
You've heard the mysterious legends and fascinating facts
about one of the world's most magnificent marine mammals
- now you can experience these animals hands-on through
our Swim With Our Dolphins program. Participants have the
unique opportunity to take part in this exciting new program
which is designed to teach about the physiology, behavior
and natural history of dolphins in an experience not available
through printed pages, film or television. Guests will be
able to not only SEE with their eyes, but also, TOUCH with
their hands and LEARN with their minds what the dolphin
is all about.
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Our mission is to connect people, animals and the natural
world, which means we're dedicated to inspiring people to
act on behalf of the environment. To accomplish this, we
provide award-winning recreational, educational and conservation
programs, locally, nationally and internationally.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: 952-431-9200, 1-800-366-7811
Moorea Dolphin Center
Moorea Dolphin Center features both educational and environmental
activities offering visitors the unique opportunity to interact
with dolphins as well as learning more about the Polynesian
fragile lagoon environment. All our programs have been carefully
developed with the help and expertise of specialists - biologists
and vets - in order to protect the quality of life of our
Mystic Aquarium &
Institute for Exploration
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is so much
more than an aquarium. It's not just a place to visit ocean
life, it's a unique experience in living marine creatures
and the latest discoveries of our underwater world. In addition
to a beautiful aquarium setting supported by a team of highly
dedicated marine animal research experts, we have assembled
some of the finest talent in oceanographic and deep-sea
archeological research. In fact, we're the only aquarium
in the world with exhibits based on work done by Robert
Ballard and his deep-ocean exploration team
discoveries you will see almost as soon as they are uncovered.
Mystic, CT 06355-1997
New York Aquarium
Welcome to the New York Aquarium - where the City meets
the Sea. As the only aquarium in New York City and part
of the largest network of metropolitan wildlife parks in
the country, the New York Aquarium holds a special place
in the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society - To
save wildlife and wild places around the globe.
Bronx, New York 10460
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
This Zoo is large enough to offer an awesome array of animals
yet small enough to let you get really close to them. It's
fun, affordable and offers breathtaking views of Puget Sound,
Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains.
Tacoma WA 98407
Dolphin Research Program
c/o Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
Sea Life Park Hawaii
At Sea Life Park, Hawaii's marine life comes alive in a
dazzling display that will entertain and delight. Located
just 15 miles from Waikiki on Oahu's beautiful and scenic
Makapuu Point, Sea Life Park is a world-class marine attraction
perched between the majestic Koolau Mountain Range and breathtaking
Makapuu Beach. See dolphins dance, sea lions sing, and penguins
perform in this magical place by the sea.
Waimanalo, Hawaii 96795
1 (866) Dolphin (365-7446)
SeaWorld of California
500 SeaWorld Drive San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: Please call (800) 25-SHAMU
Sea World Orlando
Located in Key West at SeaWorld, Dolphin Cove is a 700,000-gallon
lagoon that is home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. This
habitat is one of the largest interactive dolphin pools
in existence and features two-foot high waves, a sandy beach
and a naturalistic coral reef. At Dolphin Cove, park guests
can feed the dolphins during designated times throughout
Orlando, FL 32821-8097
Sea World San Antonio
Touch and feed playful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin
Cove. It's an unforgettable experience for kids and grown-ups
alike! Narrators from SeaWorld's Education Department are
on hand to answer all your questions about these popular
and fun-loving mammals.
San Antonio, TX 78251-3001
Six Flags Marine World
Get in the water with our fascinating bottlenose dolphins
and a kiss from our California sea lions and Pacific harbor
seals. You will spend quality time with these marine mammals
in a rare hands-on learning session. Dolphin Discovery and
Sea Lion Celebration begin with a fun classroom session
followed by an up-close, hands-on interaction directly with
the animals. During these programs you will learn all about
our marine mammals and our trainers will tell you how we
care for and train these wonderful creatures, and we will
answer all your questions.
Texas State Aquarium
Our Mission is to provide educationally enriching, entertaining
programming to a diverse audience; to develop entertaining
interactive exhibits that engage and inspire; to promote
and practice environmental conservation and wildlife rehabilitation;
to provide first-class guest services; and to operate as
a private, self-supporting, not-for-profit organization.
Corpus Christi Beach, Texas 78402
361.881.1200 or 1.800.477.GULF
The Dolphin Center
at Dolphin Adventure
The Dolphin Center at Dolphin Adventure was designed and
built in 1996, after Dolphin Adventure was granted a special
license to care for dolphins by the Mexican fisheries department.
Our seawater pools are larger than the limits given by the
US, European and Mexican Fisheries departments. Each pool
holds over 2 million gallons of seawater that has been purified
with sand filters and ozone generators.
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Tel: (52) (322) 297-1212
The Dolphin Connection
Enter the edge of the ocean realm for an unparallelled dolphin
adventure in our beautiful saltwater lagoon. With the Atlantic
Ocean as your breathtaking backdrop, come close enough to
experience the encounter of a lifetime. Come and explore
the rare and fragile beauty of the spectacular Florida Keys
with dolphins as your guide.
Duck Key, Florida U.S.A. 33050
The Dolphin Institute (TDI) is the not-for-profit 501(c)(3)
arm of the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory in Honolulu,
Hawaii. TDI is dedicated to the study and preservation of
dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals, and to the education
of people whose attitudes and activities affect the survival
and well-being of these animals. Part of TDI's mission of
research and education is to provide programs where people
from all over the world and from all walks of life can gather
to work with and learn from dolphins and humpback whales.
Honolulu, HI 96707
Phone/FAX: (808) 593-2211
Theatre of the Sea
Your General Admission ticket includes dolphin, sea lion,
and parrot shows, a guided tour of marine life exhibits,
lagoon-side beach, and the bottomless boat ride. One of
the shows is always taking place; guests join the one that
is in progress when they arrive. It takes about two to two
and a half hours to see all of the shows.
Islamorada, FL 33036
The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is a self-supporting,
non-profit association dedicated to effecting the conservation
of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education,
research, and direct action. The Aquarium is home to 60,000
aquatic creatures, comprised of 800 different species. Located
in Stanley Park, the Aquarium is open to visitors from around
the world 365 days a year.
Phone: (604) 659-3474
Virginia Aquarium &
Marine Science Center
The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center provides
a unique educational adventure which you will not find anywhere
else! We are one of the top ten most visited aquariums in
the nation. Virginia's marine environment is represented
through: 800,000 gallons of quariums, Live animal habitats,
More than 300 hands-on exhibits, 1/3-mile nature trail
½-acre aviary, "Larger that life" movies
on an IMAX movie screen.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Phone: (757) 425-FISH
The Waikiki Aquarium, founded in 1904, is the third oldest
public aquarium in the United States. A part of the University
of Hawaii since 1919, the Aquarium is located next to a
living reef on the Waikiki shoreline.
Honolulu, HI. 96815
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Local (850) 230-6030
Phone Toll Free: (866) 449-5591
WDCS Wildlife Centre
WDCS's Wildlife Centre is based at the mouth of the River
Spey on the southern side of the Moray Firth on the east
coast of Scotland. It is about an hour's drive from Inverness.
The River Spey flows speedily into the sea after its 90-mile
journey from the deep inside the Scottish mountains.
Tel (from outside UK): (44) (0)1249 449500
For more Information & Reservations Call
Toll Free 1-800-593-6574