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 other 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. Otherwise, if this list is too overwhelming, you can come to our Dolphin World Website and check out the places we have for you!
Akaroam Harbour Cruises & Swimming With Dolphins
Telephone: +64 3 304 7641
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo:
To inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.
The vision of the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo:
To be the preeminent zoological institution working with people to achieve a more harmonious and sustainable relationship with nature.
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513
Christchurch 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, and others.
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
Dolphin Discovery Mexico
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 forget.
+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 bottlenose dolphins.
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
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)
Monkey 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 sea lions.
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 marine environments.
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, Sete-Rios
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 four dolphins.
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… fascinating 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
Sarasota 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 the day.
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
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 Wild About Dolphins
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