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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smudge1757
Naples, Florida
"Swim with the dolphins"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 23, 2020 NEW
Although the swim with the dolphins was by far the best thing I’ve ever done....this is not anything other than that, a swim with the dolphins. It is a beautiful walk along the cliffs to the dolphins and the dolphins are magnificent creatures, BUT.....if you’re looking for an aquarium style setting this is not it. It is rather overpriced, especially the photos another 50 bucks.......but I am so very glad I got this experience with my daughter.
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Carol-WV-FL
St. Augustine, Florida
"Fun for All !!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 09, 2020 NEW
There were three adults and one girl almost 5 years old in our group visiting Marineland yesterday morning for 2 of the adults to do the Dolphin Encounter and one to do the Swim Adventure Ride. Luckily the "almost 5 year old" was large enough to fit in the life jacket and was able to accompany us. We did as instructed and arrived 1 hr. early. I'm glad we did so that we were relaxed and, after signing in, already had time to look at some of their aquariums and displays with their excellent docents. The woman who handled our initial instructions was both knowledgeable, friendly and responsive to our needs. We had two different trainers while in the water. Our first one - who navigated our experience with Casique - was great and had a nice mix of firm and friendly. We interacted secondly with Zac. It was a good experience to slightly get to know two different animals. We all felt our time at Marilneland was top-notch. Thanks, all of you with whom we dealt !
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ksmith72
Detroit, Michigan
"Average experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 04, 2020 NEW
We spent a few hours at Marineland with our teenage son. Maybe it was his age or the fact that we’ve done Sea World, Dolphin Research Center in the Keys and Dolphin Lagoon in Orlando but this fell short for our family. People were kind but it seemed hurried and a bit unorganized. The tour was disorganized and our group was too large to hear the tour guide.
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derson0529
Illinois
"Dolphins!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 26, 2020 NEW
We visited Marineland this past weekend, my advice-buy tickets on site. They had a GREAT deal for the dolphin encounters which we wouldn’t have gotten if we bought online. Instructors are AWESOME. Negative-employee Joan was completely rude to our entire group, following us around yelling loudly accusing us of taking pictures of dolphin programs (was actually texting my husband at home to be sure he was ok w us buying the expensive pictures) as we were walking back to drop another $100 on the professional pictures they take during the encounter. Rude and completely unnecessary. Don’t worry, the photo I attached was paid for. 😆
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bswirly
Idaho Falls, Idaho
"Very fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 12, 2020
First time our family has been swimming with dolphins. We had a blast! The trainers were great and we felt comfortable the entire time.
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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.