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Theater of the Sea, Islamorada

Swim with Dolphins · Boat Tour
Theater of the Sea, established in 1946, is a marine mammal park located in the Village of Islamorada, Florida, United States. It is a tourist attraction located on Windley Key in the Florida Keys. Visitors can swim with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, and sting rays and nurse sharks. Dolphins swim in and jump through a hoop and ring a bell. The 17-acre (6.9 ha) site also has exotic birds, lizards, crocodilians, sea turtles, tropical, game fish, sharks, and other forms of marine life. Short cruises and bottomless boat rides are also conducted.

The park also engages in ecological conservation programs, including the first artificial flipper transplant on a sea turtle.

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  • This is still a quaint family owned business that’s sure to be your best day of vacation!! The employees are so excited to teach you about the animals; everyone from the gardener to the trainers to.....  more »
  • I can't say enough about this place!! We had our teenage daughter with us and we had reserved ahead some of the interactive things with the animals. The "Meet the Sea Lion" was probably the best...  more »
  • This was a highlight of our Keys trip! The grounds & landscaping is beautiful. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, & helpful. The shows were a ton of fun! We added the dolphin encounter where you.....  more »
  • Very cool. The dolphin show was awesome, the sea lion show was awesome. The parrot show was awesome. Lots of awesome in this place. Wasn't overly crowded. Very well spent money. The kids and us parents all loved it. There is a short "bottomless boat ride", where one of the dolphins will swim with the boat and do a couple tricks, just a foot from your seat. A very, very cool place to visit. Well worth the money. Our kids were able to meet the sea lion as part of the show. Shook her fin, and gave her a hug. So cool.
  • We loved all the shows. The animals are absolutely amazing. My kids kissed dolphins and even my 16 year old son was overjoyed at the experience. It's definitely a memory making place for families and individuals. Highly recommend.
  • Do you want to gasp and cry with dolphins diving at your feet? Do you like birds? Do you want to see a walrus kiss your son? If you're really adventurous and haven't been in the ocean waters lately, do you want to SWIM with the dolphins? If you said yes, then this is the place to go. I loved this more than I loved many aspects of our 4,400 mile cross country vacation. The dolphin show is top notch and beats Sea World or even the Zoo. The trainers and dolphins have a lot of trust. The only thing I could have skipped of the self guided adventure was the boat. For the gasoline it puts into the water, it's just an up and back, with the dolphins jumping in the center a time or two. I love what you all are doing for the sick sea turtles. That is such a wonderful thing! :) Also, I loved the gift shop and the hand soap that's made with sugar and lime. We had a blast, we will come back some day.
  • We were pleasantly surprised by how awesome of a visit this place was. The tour schedule that allows you to go from one show to the next is very handy. You are able to be very close to the various creatures and learn quite a bit in the process. The dolphin and sea lion shows were great, my little one loved them!
  • Beautiful Delightful day spent here. So pleasantly surprised. Like a smaller scale Sea World without the large crowds and lines. Friendly, knowledgeable and fun staff who genuinely care about these beautiful animals and their habitats. Definitely recommend this hidden treasure. A+++++

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