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Dolphin Cove, Key Largo

4.2
#5 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Florida Keys
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
Swim with the dolphins in the natural lagoon at Dolphin Cove. The facility offers a number of different options for interacting with these intelligent creatures. Try the structured dolphin swim program, which ensures you get one-on-one time with a dolphin. Trainers will lead you through a short lesson on the history, intelligence, and anatomy of bottlenose dolphins before you get in the water. Once in the lagoon, you'll be treated to handshakes and dorsal tows from the dolphins. For a completely different experience, try the natural dolphin swim, which allows you to snorkel alongside the animals and observe them in their natural habitat. Since the dolphins are in charge here, no contact is guaranteed, and any interaction must be initiated by the dolphin. The facility also houses three California sea lions and offers programs to engage with these animals as well. Make Dolphin Cove a part of your Key Largo vacation plans using our Key Largo travel itinerary maker.
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  • Wild animals have nothing to do in these places! All to entertain the men! Appointment in parks if you want to be in contact with nature. The animals aren't Dummies! And do not believe that these animals are born in captivity and therefore a reason to be forced in this way. It's a tourist practice that should disappear!
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  • Always pass by this place and only considered going into the salt lagoon with the dolphins once. There is a nice retail shop here and the staff is friendly  more »
  • This is the place to go if you want to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat. The trainers are awesome. This is a great place for the entire family.  more »

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The 53 km (33 mi) island is home to a wide variety of accommodations to suit different tastes and budgets. An ocean-view hotel room can be on the expensive side, and inland motels are considerably cheaper. You can enjoy close proximity to bustling restaurants and bars by booking a room near the marina. A house or condominium rental provides privacy and enables you to enjoy many of the comforts of home while on vacation.
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