One of the most popular activities in Florida is swimming with dolphins. Jumping into the water and interacting with these incredible sea creatures is fun for all ages. There are endless chances to swim with dolphins in the Sunshine State, and today we’re listing a few of our favorites. Some are in an aquarium, others are in the sea – but no matter where the meeting happens, you’ll never forget your first (or second, or third) time swimming with dolphins!

Originally Published: August 27, 2019

St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Adventure

Perfectly located on the oceanfront since 1938, Marineland Dolphin Adventure is the World’s First Oceanarium. Enjoy educational and inspirational hands-on experiences with bottlenose dolphins, and learn about sharks, sea turtles, fish and other native marine life at this beautiful and historic facility. Summer camps and school programming provide amazing learning opportunities for children, and educational displays, demonstrations, and narrated talks ensure that everyone who visits leaves with the knowledge and motivation needed to help protect our ocean.

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Islamorada: Theater of the Sea

Theater of the Sea is an all day adventure. Get up close and personal with the dolphins in their natural habitat. The show takes place on the ocean. You will also see sea lions, tropical fish and so much more! Swimming with the dolphins is also a popular and fun option! The bottomless boat ride is one not to miss if you would rather just watch and the sea creatures play!

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Marathon: Dolphin Research Center

This fun and educational research center is great for all ages! They offer a variety of programs to learn about the ocean and all its magical creatures. One of the most popular programs is the painting collaboration. You won’t want to miss this experience!

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Key Largo: Dolphins Plus

Dolphins Plus gives you a fully immersive experience with the dolphins. They offer a meet and greet option where you can wade in the water and meet these incredible creatures. The programs are from 3+ and are spectacular!

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Miami: Miami Seaquarium

This aquarium offers shows, exhibits and educational programs geared towards all ages. You can swim with the dolphins, see a show with sea lions or learn about wildlife and animal care with one of their amazing programs.

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Fort Myers Beach: GAEA Guides

If you are looking for an exhilarating and educational experience then look no further! These guided kayak tours are both thrilling and relaxing. You will learn about the area and what lives in it from knowledgeable experienced guides. There is also a high chance of seeing a dolphin on your adventure.

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Orlando: Discovery Cove

Are you ready for your one on one dolphin encounter? Head to Discovery Cove for a day you’ll never forget. The signature dolphin swim experience begins with your group meeting a dolphin in one of their swimming areas. Next, you will learn all about them from a knowledgeable specialist. And finally you get to interact with them! You can choose to be in shallow water or deep. 

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Destin: Glass Bottom Boat Dolphin Cruise (Southern Star)

During the 90-minute cruise aboard our 80 foot double-decker, glass-bottom boat, you’ll witness dolphins up-close, in their natural habitat, as they swim and play in the pristine waters of Florida’s Emerald Coast! There’s nothing quite as striking as a glass bottom boat ride aboard the Southern Star. It’s a spontaneous, unpredictable event to watch – so be sure to bring your camera!

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Hi, I'm Paul, I'm a travel writer and I love everything about the salt life. I grew up in the northeast, but we visited family in Florida often ... and I was hooked! I've been writing about the Sunshine State for two decades. I enjoy helping travelers find the best places to stay, to eat, and to play in Florida.

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