Ever dreamed of swimming with dolphins? You’re not alone. It’s possible to get lucky on any given beach day and find yourself in close-range of wild dolphins in Florida. But nothing compares to experiencing these majestic and amazing creatures up close. That's where Dolphin Plus Marine Mammal Responder comes into play.
As a marine mammal rescue center, our primary focus is dolphin rescue. But we also host a wide range of dolphin encounters at our beautiful natural water lagoon in Key Largo. One of our most popular dolphin encounters is our Interactive Swim program. This thrilling deep-water adventure lets you get to know our friendly Atlantic bottlenose dolphins up close. What’s more, an expert trainer is with you every step of the way.
Our Interactive Swim program starts with an educational briefing that lasts between thirty and forty minutes. An expert will teach you all about Atlantic bottlenose dolphin anatomy, biology and interactions. You’ll also learn about marine mammal and ocean conservation. Then, you’ll join a smaller group and prepare to dive right in with the dolphins. If you have opted for the Structured Swim program, you will tread in water that is twelve to fifteen feet deep. Don’t worry if you’ve never swum with dolphins before. Your trainer will give you specific details on how to interact with our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.
SEE WHAT OUR GUESTS THINK
"I took my daughter and a friend for her 18th birthday and they had a blast! Wendy the trainer was amazing, they had a good 30 minutes with the dolphins and they loved every moment of it. I would totally recommend to anyone who wants to swim with the dolphins."
Deep Water Experience
"Our 13 year old son did the deep water experience. It was by any measure a once in a lifetime experience. He had an amazing time in the water with Jessica and Issac. What amazing animals. BJ, the trainer he worked with was amazing. He took his time and explained what was going on and how to interact with the Dolphins. We learned a bunch as a family and would highly recommend this to anyone. The pictures and videos will last a lifetime. My son regards this as the best part of his summer vacation."
Date of experience: August 2019
Connect to Protect program
Our Interactive Swim program is definitely one of the best-known experiences offered at DPMMR. But we also have plenty of other dolphin encounters for guests to choose from, no matter what their age. The most personalized experience is our Connect to Protect program. When you opt for this dolphin encounter, you'll enjoy a customized, private swim session with a dolphin and trainers. Because the program is completely bespoke, you can rest assured that each experience will be different from the last. Dolphins Plus is proud to say we are the only marine mammal rescue center to offer this kind of program.
Splash and Wade program
Our Splash and Wade program is also extremely popular, especially among youngsters. Guests age 3 and older are sure to have a wonderful time during this one-of-a-kind experience. When you opt for Splash and Wade, you can get up close with our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The best part? You'll be standing comfortably in waist-deep water the whole time. As in our other programs, you'll first enjoy a quick informative briefing. Then, one of our knowledgeable staff will fit you with a flotation vest and lead you to a submersible platform. After that, it's all about your time with our incredible dolphins. You'll get to experience lots of playful, interactive behavior, like handshakes, kisses and body rubs.
Check out these glowing reviews
Splash and wade
"It was an experience of a lifetime. The dolphins were very friendly and interactive. Absolutely loved it!! Next time we will upgrade to swim with them but this was a great first interaction for the kids. We got to give them a belly rub, kisses, hold one in our arms, shake fins, they splashed us and waved. While we didn’t get to swim with them, we were waist deep on a swim platform with them. Still very cool. I wished the dolphins had a bigger pool area to swim, but the dolphin rescue is truly helping the marine life and environment. We learned a lot. Thank you!"
Date of experience: August 2019
"Great experience for whole family. From the youngest to the oldest. Even observer had a blast. Rally recommend to everyone."
Date of experience: October 2019
Winters are mild in the Florida Keys. That means you can book one of our dolphin encounters any time of the year, rain or shine. If the water happens to be a little chilly, our team will give you a wetsuit to keep you warm during your swim.
No matter what your age or swim level, Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder offers amazing dolphin encounters. Not only have these experiences proven life-changing for many of our guests — they also yield memories you'll cherish for years to come.
Want to try one of these unforgettable dolphin encounters in Key Largo for yourself? Gather your family or your best friends and join us. Other guests have called our dolphin encounters "fantastic" and "a must for every visit to Key Largo." Check out our TripAdvisor reviews and see for yourself — then come on down and meet our family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.