Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine, FL

9600 Oceanshore BlvdSt. Augustine, FL 32080
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Overview

Founded with the goal of educating the general public about the preservation and protection of marine life, Marineland Dolphin Adventure offers educational and interactive aquatic experiences. Connect with dolphins and other marine animals while learning about their anatomy, habitats, behaviors, and more through in-person encounters. Then, go for a swim with these friendly and playful dolphins!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our St. Augustine Travel Experts
  • Choose the animal encounter or experience that suits your interests.
  • General Admission is included with all dolphin encounters and programs.
  • Dolphin encounter times range based on the experience purchased.
  • Jewelry cannot be worn during dolphin encounters.
  • Encounter group sizes vary depending on the program and the animal management plan.

Description

from Marineland Dolphin Adventure
Marineland Dolphin Adventure has been Naturally More Fun for over 80 years. And today, the world’s first oceanarium enchants guests from across the world with one-of-a-kind dolphin experiences that are truly unforgettable. Come swim with dolphins, see our sea turtles and sand tiger sharks, experience our captivating history, and get involved in our conservation efforts. Founded as Marine Studios on ocean-side property just 18 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida, the facility opened on June 23, 1938.

Today, Marineland Dolphin Adventure offers guests a variety of interactive and in-water programs that allow guests to make physical and emotional connections with animals. Additionally, archived memorabilia and footage dating as far back as 1938 is displayed and shared with Marineland Dolphin Adventure’s many generations of admirers.

Choose from a variety of interactive programs, which range from those for land-loving guests to enjoy dolphins up-close, to those that offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in the dolphins' aquatic world as you swim with our gentle residents. Experience these amazing animals for yourself. General admission guests are able to see the dolphins through underwater viewing windows as they swim, play and interact with guests in programs alongside the pristine Atlantic coastline. Book your program reservations in advance to ensure your own thrilling dolphin encounter!

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Ken D
Harrisburg, PA, United States
"Dolphin swim adventure was awesome"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2019 NEW
I am not sure how this doesn't have 5 stars. Their descriptions of the experiences are perfect except one thing... they go above and beyond. We did the swim experience which was nothing short of amazing... seriously. We have 4 kids from 15 to 8 and they were all grinning ear to ear the rest of the day. It was a fraction of the cost of discovery cove and longer. I will say... because we had 6 people we were charged separately for the pics... which ended up being expensive but they did give us a healthy discount. I also considered their cost to run the operation. I highly recommend the swim experience... you will not be disappointed.
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Papa-Ratzi
Atlanta
"DOLPHIN SWIM ADVENTURE"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 09, 2019 NEW
Our teen seedlings had an excellent time @ Marineland Dolphin Adventure! We've scaled back out travels this year but wanted to do something special for them during their summer vacation before school begins again. My wife already experienced swimming with dolphins on a cruise to Acapulco way back in 2012 and wanted to give the gift of being in the water with these highly intelligent creatures to our children. ... HISTORY The cool part about choosing this Marineland is they have been around for 81 years... long before others like Seaworld. They are known as the World's First Oceanarium, which by definition means a large seawater aquarium in which marine animals are kept for study and public exhibit. It opened in 1938 and became one of the state's leading tourist attractions. Marineland will also be featured in the upcoming family film Bernie the Dolphin. Some of the history here includes: * 1947: Spray, the first dolphin successfully born in human care. * 1954: "Creature from the Black Lagoon" filmed ... THE EXPERIENCE After paying for your adventure, signing waivers and getting into your swim gear, you will take a rather long walk to the dolphin pool area. It's a pleasant walk along the ocean with a raised boardwalk and historic signs & pictures. The "participants" are taken to the stage area while non-participants settle in around the viewing area. * KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - It is a full sun arena, so wear plenty of sunscreen or bring an umbrella for shade. We were very lucky it was an overcast day. We did however, get delayed because of lightening precautions. We chose the DOLPHIN SWIM ADVENTURE ($129) so the boys could get the maximum experience. After all, chances are we won't ever do this again. The Swim Adventure allowed them to interact with the dolphins by being able to touch, kiss and play with them as well as a belly ride by holding on to their pectoral flippers as they swim backwards on their backs! It wasn't a long ride, maybe 20 feet or so, but fun to watch the joy on their faces. Opportunities to touch included a drive-by swim, a nose touch, a kiss, a one-on-one hand to fin holding moment and of course the belly ride. The dolphins also did a second drive by swim where they splashed the participants. Once complete, non-participants exit the viewing area past the holding & main tanks into the photo viewing room. You can buy individual pics if you wish or a bundle of all of your photo's for about $45pp. You will be given a code to go online and unlock your pics for download. We had two participants so our cost for pics was $90. * HELPFUL TIP - The website says no cameras, but I believe this rule is only for participants. We were actually allowed to have electronic devices in the viewing area, something I wish I had known because I could have taken better pictures had I brought my DSLR and saved a little cash! The distance to zoom in for the activities made my iPhone pics a little choppy. There are also a few tanks near the entrance with turtles and tiger sharks along with a tortoise enclosure and Megalodon Jaws. Cute, but of course the real attraction is the chance to interact with the dolphins. ... FINAL THOUGHTS Our experience was great, primarily because of the overcast sky shading us from the brutal Florida summer sun! It was a 60% rain chance during our visit and it did indeed downpour. While we did have a slight lightening delay, it wasn't very long and the kids got more time in the water with the dolphins than I initially expected. Admittedly our Acapulco dolphin experience was far better and included more interaction PLUS photos & videos. But this was still an adventure our family won't forget... and isn't that the point?
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bill16652
"Refund"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2019 NEW
Had to cancel my reservation for medical reasons. NO REFUND! I will not deal with them again. I attempted to get, even a partial refund ten days prior to the event. No luck.
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windyordfa
Chicago, Illinois
"AWESOME the kids and us adults loved it !!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2019 NEW
So SO incredible we as a family of three generations enjoyed and experienced High fiving the dolphin Roxy is her name and she gave us kisses and we got to pet her and watch her play then for the rid of a lifetime we were able to have her take us one at a time accross the water it was amazing our kids and all adults just wanted to go again we will next vacation Marine Land is famous for caring well for the dolphins some are rescues they also filmed Burney the Dolphin here so kool we will return well worth it !!!!
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amfgargasz
Jacksonville, Florida
"Great experience for children and adults "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 04, 2019 NEW
We went to visit Marineland with our five year old granddaughter. Very well kept place in a gorgeous location by the beach. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wonderful experience being able to see the dolphins up close. Our granddaughter loved the opportunity to pet them. The behind the scenes tour is a must do. The only negative thing I’d say about it is that the only restrooms there are the ones in the gift shop. So, going with kids it can be challenging. Other than this....we highly recommend it.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Marineland Dolphin Adventure

Is General Admission included with dolphin encounters?
Yes.

How long does each dolphin encounter last?
Dolphin encounter times vary based on the program chosen.

Touch & Feed

  • Program time: 5 minutes
  • Encounter time: 3 minutes

Dolphin Designs
  • Program time: 15 minutes
  • Encounter time: 10 minutes

Discover Dolphins
  • Program time: 40 minutes
  • Encounter time: 20 minutes

The Immersion
  • Program time: 50 hours
  • Encounter time: 20 + minutes

What should I bring?
Guests must bring their own swimsuits and towels. Marineland Dolphin Adventure is an outdoor facility, so we also recommend water sunscreen, especially on hot days. Reef Safe sunscreen may be purchased in the gift shop. Changing facilities are available.

Can I wear jewelry?
No. All forms of jewelry are prohibited during dolphin encounters. Participants must remove all jewelry prior to their scheduled encounter.

How many guests participate in an encounter at once?
Group sizes vary per program.
  • Touch &Feed: 25 participants
  • Dolphin Designs: 4 participants
  • Discover Dolphins: 10 participants
  • Trainer for a Day: 1 participant

Where do I go for my dolphin encounter?
All programs start at the Gift Shop with check-in.

When should I arrive for my dolphin encounter?
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your program start time.

What happens if I am late for my encounter?
Programs cannot be stalled or stopped for late participants, so we encourage our guests to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their chosen program reservation time.

Do I need to purchase a dolphin encounter experience just to watch?
Any guest is welcome to watch the encounter with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

Can guests with special needs participate?
Yes. All reservations must be made ahead of time in order for our staff to make appropriate accommodations. Please note your need for specific accommodations in the “Have Special Needs” section when making your reservation.

Can you accommodate my size for a wetsuit?
Yes. Wetsuits of all sizes are available.

Is parking available?
Yes. Free parking is offered next to the facility.

What is included in a General Admission ticket?
A General Admission reservation includes access to the outdoor facility and Neptune park. This includes the sea turtle, sand tiger shark, and dolphin habitats.

Can I bring outside food and drinks into the facility?
Food and beverages may be brought in and consumed in appropriate areas. Some beverages and snacks are available in the Gift Shop. Please note that drinking straws are not allowed.

Can guests leave and come back?
Yes.

Are guests allowed to bring strollers?
Yes.

Is smoking allowed?
No. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited throughout the park.