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Marineland Dolphin Adventure, Marineland

Categories: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
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2.9/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
One of the state's first marine mammal oceanariums, Marineland Dolphin Adventure offers close encounters with dolphins. Visit the side pools to pet dolphins or to swim with the gentle residents. Consider a behind-the-scenes tour of the dolphin habitats, and meet the dedicated staff who care for them. If you'd like to add kayaking to your dolphin visit, take the eco-excursion tour. Reserve your preferred dates and tours online. When you're booking, remember you'll have to arrive a half hour early to meet with your guide and go over safety protocol. Using our custom trip planner, Marineland attractions like Marineland Dolphin Adventure can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Great place on the beach, not far from St. Augustine. It was a place of Shows but today is a place of education and research. You can interact with the dolphins in pool and learn more about them. Well worth a visit. Kids will love.
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  • We purchased the feed and touch and the behind the scenes tour. I'll start by saying this is not an aquarium, they care for their animals and all profits help toward that. Small children will probably...  read more »
  • Not cheap but will remember it forever. Here since 1938 they are non profit and do a great job for the animals. Having the opportunity to get up close to the Dolphins was amazing. 
  • My family and I drove an hour out of our already 11 hour drive home so our daughter could live out her life dream of seeing and interacting with real dolphins. We got there 5 minutes after the 12:55 feeding time. So we purchase tickets for the next touch and feed which was at 3:15. My family and I got lunch and returned around 2. We walked around to check out the other exhibits before making our way to the dolphins. There were 20 people or so in the group so they split is into 2 groups. The first group went and every family had their own area to interact with each of dolphins. Once they finished we came into the gated area, listened to the rules, and we're separated to one of the 3 areas. Unlike the group of people ahead of us we didn't get to experience the interaction with the dolphin ourselves. We shared the experience with another family. Which cut our experience time in half. Our daughter wasn't able to spend as much time doing things the previous families had been able to do or even feed the dolphin as much. This also led to most of our pictures including the another family that sat only a few feet from us. This isn't unfortunate for only us, but also the other family that paid for this experience. I'm grateful that we at least walked away with 1 good picture and that my daughter had a good time. My reccomendation would be splitting groups up so that each family gets the experience they paid for and to not have to share that with another family.
  • I did a tour of Marineland yesterday. The staff understands the importance of education, it is this education that will lead people to conserve our oceans. With more science and research there will be a better understanding of ocean life. Great place to bring the kids.
  • The touch and feed experience was so much fun! The trainer was great at answering our questions and the dolphins were very friendly. The gift shop is fun and reasonably priced. When we were there, they were working on expanding and incorporating more animals - sharks, turtles, rays. Definitely worth the trip.
  • NOT VETERAN/MILITARY FRIENDLY!!! This place advertises military discount (10%); however, the staff do everything in their power to not honor it or find a way of giving you less than the advertised discount. We spent close to $300 in tickets (my son did the discovery packet with the Dolphins), and yet the staff at the shop (I.e., everyone, including manager who avoided eye contact), treated me, my son, and my husband like second class citizens when we asked about their military discount. My husband is a combat veteran the treatment we received was humiliating. At first they did not process the discount and in order to not void the transaction they said they would give us photo credit. We said ok, but somehow the credit was not the 10% that is what they offer for military discount, it was more like 5%. Now, this may sound petty, but when you think of 10% off of $300 bucks, we are talking about $30 that we could spend on something else. We were not asking for handouts, which he again is how they made us feel. All we were asking was for a discount they offer for people like my husband, how sacrificed a 11yrs of his life in the military and close to a year in a war zone. After I pointed out the discrepancy, the woman at the counter was not receptive and told me she needed to figure it out, to come back to the shop after the dolphin encounter. We said ok. When we came back, the staff purposely avoided eye contact with us and pretended to not see us, although they were not helping anyone at the time. Finally, I approached them and inquired about the photo credit. While we waited, we saw the staff making negative comments about us. Once they agreed on providing us with the credit they offered us, they sent us to another counter and the woman at the register did not process the credit. It was a nightmare, the woman said "it didn't sound right" and she went to verify that the credit was correct. Finally, this was all done. But it was a negative experience created by the staff. The encounter with the dolphin was great, but our interactions with the people at this place were terrible, which unfortunately ruined our experience.
  • I was able to spend time with employees and talk about many different marine biology subjects. It is so much more enjoyable being able to talk to people and learning becomes more personal when there is someone that engages in conversation relating to the animals in their care. The staff helped us understand more and feel connected to the animals there. That made all the difference in the world.
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