Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys

The Dolphin Research Center is a dolphinarium on Grassy Key, Florida. The 90,000-square-foot series of saltwater lagoons is home to several dolphins and California sea lions.


Located in the heart of the Florida Keys, Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key is a non-profit education and research facility. Home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California Sea Lions, over half of our family was born at the Center. The other members were either rescued from the wild due to injury and then deemed non-releasable and in need of new homes by the government, or have come to us from other facilities.

Spend your day learning all about Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions in regularly scheduled narrated sessions and educational presentations. Experience the different “dolphinalities”. Each session demonstrates a different aspect of these amazing animals’ lives. From high-flying athletics and Dolphin Fun Facts to medical behavior training and research-in-progress, no two sessions are alike. Join their fun and cheer their progress. They love an audience! Make a splash in our new Sprayground where colorful marine life-themed structures shoot streams and sprays of water!


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