Not only can you learn about sea life at the Dolphin Research Center, but you can also swim with the dolphins. Not to far from the vacation hot spot, Marathon, Florida, the DRC is home to bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions. The public is welcome and there are educational presentations available to visitors throughout the day. The DRC is a not-for-profit education and research facility. On of the many things they do is rehabilitation and their lagoon structure is a great environment for raising dolphins. Especially of interest is the that the facility is licensed by the Federal Government to help manatees in distress.
If you visit only one point of interest in the Florida Keys, I recommend the Dolphin Research Center. It is a great family friendly location with one of the best ways to learn about sea mammals. Dolphins like Kibby are brought to the DRC for medical attention and after rehabilitation become crowd favorites. It is so neat to see the personalities of these dolphins shine through. They love to be watched and even ramp up their escapades when humans are watching. What makes the DRC convenient for people on vacation in the Florida Keys is that the facility is open seven days a week and only closed on a few holidays. The facility has free parking, is handicap accessible and offers group admissions.
No Florida Keys vacation is complete without a dip with a dolphin. The different programs available for visitors provide many different ways to interact with the sea mammals. Children and adults alike will definitely enjoy all the fun and learning opportunities at the Dolphin Research Center.
For more information about the Dolphin Reseach Center visit their site at www.dolphins.org. A great way to enjoy the Keys is to stay at a Florida Keys beach rental property. A simple search on the web will return many results to choose from.