The Dolphin Encounter – Must be 38″/96.5cm tall – 11am/2pm everyday The Dolphin Encounter in the Miami has two rates, Low Season Rate, $159 Adult 10+ /$119Child 38″ to 9 year old per participant plus tax, and High Season Rate, $169 Adult 10+/$129 Child 38″ to 9 year old per participant plus tax. The dates for rates are – Low Season – January 1, 2023 to December 19, 2023 & High Season – December 20, 2023 – January 15, 2024.
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Dolphin Encounter (non-swim) is a 20 to 30 minute shallow water experience including touching, playing and training with a dolphin. Perfect for non-swimmers! In this program there is NO Swimming with the Dolphins. Plus, General Admission to Park, Dolphin Show, Marine Tour, and other Marine Animal Shows. Must be 38″ and up to participate.
15-30 minute educational classroom presentation prior to entering the water.
You will interact with a dolphin while standing in 2 to 3 feet of pool water for a 30 minute experience. Your experience includes touching, playing, feeding and kissing the dolphin. You’ll even learn what its like to train a dolphin, getting up-close and personal like never before.
Approximately 2 hours with the Dolphins Program, Presentation, Changing Time & Photo Lab.
You do not need to know how to swim in this program.
Each session is unique, based upon the guests and dolphins.
All participants must be 38″/96.5cm tall to participate.
Children from 38″/96.5cm/3.6′ to 9 years old must have 18 year old+ participant in water with them. 1 Adult for every 6 children participant under 10 years old.
Participants from 10 to 17 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult as an observer or participant.
Must be able to understand directions given in English or have a paid family member or friend in the water to translate.
No Pregnant Women allowed to participate.
No Jewelry, No Body Piercings, No Nail Jewelry, No Cameras, No Hats, No Head Coverings, No Outside Objects with the Dolphins.
If you have any physical or mental limitation, please contact us before booking.
A lifevest is provided for use during the session. Guests should bring their own bathing suit & towel.
Wet suits available only upon request. All sizes of wet suits available from Very Very Small to Extra Extra Extra Large. There will be a size to fit the participant.
Free Lockers, Showers, and Changing rooms available.
In addition, you will get an opportunity to see shows with Dolphins, Sea Lions, and Animal Exhibits with Tropical Fish, Birds, Rays, Manatees, Sharks, and Sea Turtles. You could spend 3-4 hours in the facility.
10 – 12 participants maximum per platform.
Open 365 Days a Year.
The time slots available includes a guaranteed 30 minute shallow water dolphin program, educational briefing, dolphin shows, sea lion show, & marine park tours. Total time of activities can be about 3 – 4 hours.
Morning & Afternoon Sessions Available:
Check In at Gate, Get Park Map with Schedule of Shows and Exhibits, Explore Park, Check In for Dolphin Program, Changing Time, Educational Briefing, Dolphin Program, Looking at Professional Photos.
See Park Shows & Exhibits, Dolphins, Sea Lions, Manatees, Rays, Fish, Birds, Reptiles & More.
Due to seasonal demand, Timing may change because of added dolphin sessions
The Dolphin Facility is on Key Biscayne, which is a set of Islands that extend from Downtown Miami. You will get complete written directions with your ticket. < Map >
All Day Parking available, $20 per car.
Free Drop Off and Pick Up Area.
Food & Drink for Purchase – Air Conditioned Cafeteria and Outdoor Pizzeria Available.
Picnic Area – You can bring your own food, No Large Coolers.
Gift Shop with Large Selections of Items to purchase on Site.
Driving Times: These times are approximate from the location listed below to Key Biscayne, depending on traffic and weather conditions
Miami Beach & South Beach – 20 / 30 minutes
Miami Cruise Ship Port – 20 minutes
Miami Airport – 20 minutes
Fort Lauderdale Area – 40 minutes / 1 hour
Boca Raton – 1 hour
West Palm Beach – 1 1/2 / 2 hours
Naples/Marco Island – 2 hours
Fort Myers Beach – 2 1/2 hours
If you have an observer in your group, they can take photos and videos of you during your dolphin program.
Observer must stay in the observation area.
There will be professional photographer taking photos (No Video) of you and your group with the dolphins to purchase afterwards.
NO cameras allowed in the water with the dolphins.
The Miami Dolphin Encounter is a fun-filled shallow water program and is a great way for young and old alike to have an unforgettable experience with a dolphin. Since there is no swimming involved, all you have to do is concentrate on the dolphins. Then you’ll wade into the water for an unforgettable shallow water experience with a dolphin. You’ll have a chance to touch, play and interact with a dolphin. You’ll even learn what its like to train a dolphin, getting up-close and personal like never before.
Save Money and make your reservation online. In order to get any of these discounts, you must type the Online Discount Promotional Code in the discount box of the reservation form (Payment Page). After picking the amount of participants/observers, date of travel, and time of program, you will be taken to the reservation form to start your online booking. When you get to payment page, this is where the promotional code needs to be written in the comment box. Without this written code, you will not get the promotional discount. These online promotions can not be combined with any previous orders or discounts. These discounts are for online orders only and the discounts will NOT be offered or honored over the phone with a Dolphin World representative or during the High Season or with any additional Transportation service.
Dolphin World Online Promotions:
NO DISCOUNTS DURING HIGH SEASON!! March 25 & April 8, 2018 – December 20, 2018 – January 8, 2019
Make your reservation more than 8 daysor more in advance get 5% off each person. CODE: online5%off
Make your reservation online and get 2.5% off each person. CODE: miamibookingspecial
Upon arrival, please proceed to check-in window, present your dolphin program confirmation number or your last name, which you will receive after making your reservation via email or text.
Confirmation number is a must for entrance.
You do not need to have a printed voucher.
All customers/participants are required to sign liability waivers before participating in this activity.
Dolphin Encounter (non-swim) Restrictions:
All participants must be 5 years of age and up.
Children 5-9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult participant (10 years old and up).
Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, either as a participant or an observer.
This program is not available to expectant mothers.
All Participants that are going in the water must be able to understand directions given in English or provide a translator who will be in the water with them.
You can not enter the water with any jewelry, hair beads, sunglasses, cameras, cell phones, or body piercing. (nose, tongue, or any areas of the body).
Food is not included
Refunds / Cancellations and Changes:
All cancellations must be received by Dolphin World / Keys Adventure Tours, Inc. in writing by email or regular mail.
A 10% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations prior 31 days of activity date.
A 50% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations within 30 – 15 day period prior activity date.
A 75% service charge will apply per person for any cancellations within 14 – 8 day period prior activity date.
Prior 8 days of your reservation date, you may change your reservation to a gift certificate, where you would not incur any penalties except the change fee. This gift certificate will be good for 1 year from the date of the certificate.
NO REFUND OR CHANGES WILL BE GIVEN TO ANY ACTIVITY PARTICIPANTS who tries to cancel or change within the 7 day period, does not show up, are late for scheduled program(s). Once a reservation has a confirmation number and confirmed, a refund or change can only be made more than 7 days of the activity date and any change to the program date is subject to availability. Changes made to existing reservations are subject to a $25.00 per person change fee.
The Dolphin Swim goes on Rain or Shine.
WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE PURCHASE OF TRIP INSURANCE, which will cover your purchase 100% for any interruptions to your Dolphin World activities! We recommend TravelEx Insurance. Ask a Dolphin World Travel professional for advice on Travel Insurance.
Do you have a Frequently Asked Questions Page with more information? Yes, click this link to see more on the facility, location, map, and hotel information < FAQ PAGE CLICK HERE >
Does your program go on Rain or Shine? Yes, this program goes on Rain or Shine. The dolphin swim and shows, will go on most of the time. If there is thunder, there might be a delay before the program resumes again.
Do you have any wheelchairs or strollers available for the public? Yes, there are wheelchairs and strollers available for rent from the Guest Services area at the entrance of the park on a first come, first serve basis.
Can someone whom is wheelchair-bound participate?
This circumstance will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The following questions will need to be addressed and may require prior management approval:
Can the individual stand on the in-water platform without the use of canes or braces?
Can the individual tread water/swim? If the individual cannot freely stand on the platform and must tread water to stay in place, an assistant will need to be in the water to help the individual stay on the platform. The assistant, he/she must pay the full regular price.
Is the individual capable of lifting his/her full weight out of the water? The facility does not have a ramp or crane available for assistance. In addition, no staff member will be permitted to or is capable of lifting anyone out of the water.
Can handicapped individuals participate?
While this dolphin program does accept handicapped individuals, this program is not a Dolphin Therapy session. This program is primarily recreational. Those interested in a therapy program should consider other locations in the Florida Keys. Although accommodations for handicapped individuals can be arranged, they will not receive special treatments such as extended time or more interactions. If a handicapped individual is to participate, this circumstance will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The following questions will need to be addressed and may require prior management approval:
Does the individual meet the height requirement?
To what degree is the individual disabled?
Does the individual have full control of his/her body without required assistance?
Can the individual follow directions and understand English?
Can someone who is blind participate?
Yes, this individual must be accompanied in the water by a paid assistant. The assistant, he/she must pay the full regular price.
Are glasses/contacts permitted in the water?
Contact lenses can be worn. Prescription glasses with clear lenses will be permitted only if they are needed but they cannot be removed at anytime (including for pictures) during the session. We will provide a strap for glasses, which must be worn in order to keep them on securely. Glasses with dark lenses are not permitted unless the individual is sensitive to sunlight, in which case a doctor’s letter will need to be necessary.
Must I know how to swim to participate?
No. Swimming is not required. You will be standing on a platform during the session and no deep water time.
What does it mean to be an Observer?
An Observer is a Participant’s friend or family member. Observers participate in all aspects of the program minus the in-water interaction. During the interaction you can cheer on the Participants and take photos. The Observers stay in the stands and have no contact with the dolphins. The fee includes complimentary admission to the park, so you can see the rest of the shows and exhibits, as well. Observers under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
What should I bring?
You’ll need something to wear under the wetsuit. A bathing suit is most convenient. You can rely on us to provide the following: Showers, keyed lockers, wetsuits and booties. All jewelry must be removed prior to entering the water. No cameras or loose items will be permitted in the water (no exceptions).
What about taking photographs with the Dolphins during my session?
Yes, there are professional staff photographers taking photographs (no video, only stills) of you and your dolphin session. You can purchase these photographs after your session. Prices ranges from $45 and up, depending on how many photographs you purchase. You can not take a camera into the water with you during your dolphin session. If you do have a family or a friend come with you as an observer, they can take photographs of you during your session. Hint: If you don’t have an observer in your group, you might ask another observer from another group to take a few photographs with your camera.
What kind of pools do the animals live in at the Dolphin facility? The animals live in natural salt-water pools. The water is pumped in from Key Biscayne Bay.
Do we have to pay extra entrance and parking fees ? Yes, $10 per car for all day parking. Cars are monitored by a security patrol.
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