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 celebrates its remarkable 80th anniversary this year, and as the world's first oceanarium, it is excited to celebrate its rich history with its fans. 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. The 80th anniversary will be marked by celebratory events throughout the year. Additionally, archived memorabilia and footage dating as far back as 1938 will be displayed and shared with Marineland Dolphin Adventure’s many generations of admirers.

Marineland Dolphin Adventure, the world's first oceanarium, invites you to join us in creating lasting memories at our 1.3 million gallon series of dolphin habitats. 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 view the dolphins through 6 x 10 ft acrylic 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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Margaret S
"Love coming here"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018 NEW
So they changed a lot from last year. Now the basic ticket includes a tour. You can see more of the facility, and they used some of the old structures. We love coming here - it is an annual event for us.
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RosannaF519
"Great experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 28, 2018
This is a great experience for people of all ages. Definitely a memorable experience you won’t forget! Good for all ages! Definitely recommend
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Woody_cj
"Amazing touch and play"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 26, 2018
Marineland was amazing. Has been the highlight of our holiday so far. I often worry what I am getting but I didn’t need to here. The staff were very helpful and knew their stuff. They were interesting with out over loading us with info. The staff were great at engaging with our 4 year old. The trainer talk was great as was the tour. But the touch and play was amazing. Again the staff made it great for us and our toddler and they take photos of you and the dolphins included in the price. A magical memory for us as a family. Not cheap but well worth every penny.
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courtnays2015
Columbia, South Carolina
"Touch and play "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2018
We went to the park to look and have a good time, but the highlight was the touch and play that I signed us up for. We got to touch the dolphins and they were amazing. What an awesome experience and place!
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Anje S
"Loved it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2018
I did the dolphin immersion and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life, I’m sorry I waited so long in life to do it! The trainers are totally respectful of the dolphins and all of the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Our group of 3 was in the deep pool with Casique for 45 minutes, and our experience started off with approximately a 15 minute “assisting” the trainers with a daily exercise routine for two of the dolphins. My only negative comment would be that for the price I paid for the immersion experience, all pictures taken by their professional photographer, were available at a cost of $15 for 1st print and $10 for each after or $65 for the entire digital package. I think one print free would have been a nice momento. I do understand that the monies raised go towards the dolphin fund so that’s the only reason I paid extra to have two photos. Would highly recommend!!
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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.