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Dolphin Research Center – Day Tour

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Dolphin Research Center

Dolphin Research Center – Day Tour

We drive you from island-to-island on the iconic Overseas Highway, about 58 miles from Key West & over 20+ bridges. You will visit the World Famous Dolphin Research Center, a sanctuary & forever-home for dolphins, sea lions, and parrots. On your up the keys tour, we begin our excursion with a stop at the Key Deer Refuge for a unique encounter with the friendly Key Deer! Afterward, your guide will bring you to the Blue Hole, where you will learn about its unique features and spend some time appreciating the local wildlife. From there, you will journey to the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon to get up-close to these intelligent creatures, as well as other rescued friends such as sea lions and parrots!

6 Hour Tour Features

  • Guided Tour Of The Famous Dolphin Research Center
  • 7-Mile Bridge
  • Picnic Lunch (sandwiches & chips)
  • Bahia Honda State Park
  • National Key Deer Refuge Safari
  • Blue Hole

Flippin’ Fun For All

While at the Dolphin Research Center, you will be able to watch a variety of different dolphin programs, learn more about the behaviors dolphins exhibit, and get close to these dolphins that often engage with guests! To make your Dolphin Research Center tour even more memorable, you can add on a Swim With Dolphins experience or Meet The Dolphins experience! After your engaging tour, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and then head to the scenic Bahia Honda State Park to dip your toes in both the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean!

About Dolphin Research Center

Established as a non-profit organization in 1984, the Dolphin Research Center has a mission to ensure that dolphins have a home in the Florida Keys for life! The center is home to dolphins that have been born on the premises and rescued dolphins. Also found at the center are rescued California sea lions and parrots! With more than 70,000 visits a year, the Dolphin Research Center continues to be a pioneer in marine mammal care, research, and the education of these mesmerizing animals!

About The Blue Hole

The Blue Hole is unique as it features layered water, meaning the bottom layer is saltwater, and the top is freshwater. This freshwater oasis attracts an abundance of wildlife that is unique to the Florida Keys, making it the perfect spot for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. Tour guests will have the opportunity to marvel at the alligators, a variety of fish & birds, and other animals that call this island ecosystem their home!

About Bahia Honda State Park

Have you ever thought you would dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean & the Gulf of Mexico on the same day? With an Up The Keys guide, stop by the Bahia Honda State Park to experience a narrow island featuring white-sandy beaches, stunning crystal-clear water, and a wide variety of interesting birds & flora. Tour guests can walk onto a historic railroad bridge for beautiful views of the Florida Keys and a scenic photo opportunity. We’ll also make a stop at the Butterfly Garden that is known for attracting a wide variety of creatures!



Rules & Regulations
Cancellation Policy

Guests (ages 13+)


Guests (ages 12 and under)


Swim With The Dolphins (add-on)

$210 (per person)

Meet The Dolphins (add-on)

$35.00 (per person)


6.5 hrs


9am-3:30pm (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

We will pick you up & drop you off

Free Hotel & Vacation Rental Pick Up

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Trip Features

  • 15 Passenger Air-Conditioned Van (12 max)
  • Guided Tour of Dolphin Research Center
  • 7-Mile Bridge
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Explore The Beautiful Bahia Honda State Park
  • National Key Deer Refuge Safari
  • Blue Hole

Your Trip Includes

  • Picnic Lunch
  • Entry Fees
  • Filtered Water, Cups
  • Scenic views
  • Tour Guide Driver
  • Free Hotel & Vacation Rental Pick-Up
  • National Park fees
  • Hotel Pickup & Drop-off
  • Live Commentary on Board

What to Bring

  • Valid ID
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Gratuity (standard 10 – 20%)
  • Hat & Sunscreen
  • Snacks
  • No Glass or Alcohol
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