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Program Program Behaviors
  • Melon rub
  • Single hug
  • Hand shake
  • Various Playtime/Mimics
Program Times Every day. (Times can and may vary.)
  • 09:45 am
  • 11:15 am
  • 01:00 pm
  • 02:30 pm
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Come and enjoy the company of our wonderful dolphins as they welcome you right in their own natural habitats! Experience first-hand the connection of a lifetime, while our marine mammal specialists guide you through all of the fun and excitement. While having fun, you will also gain important knowledge about conservation and education about bottlenose dolphins that you can take with you.

Following a brief educational session into the world of our dolphins, conservation and a mini demonstration on proper hand placements for each behavior to better prepare our guests. Our Dolphin Encounter program at Dolphin Connection is one of the best activities offered in the beautiful Florida Keys! Our Dolphin Encounter program is specially designed for visitors of all ages looking for an in-water experience with a dolphin. It is also the go-to program to accommodate all families, teams or groups. In this program, guests will be able to experience multiple behaviors, including an unforgettable hug, become a trainer with the infamous Hand Target behavior, and a heartfelt handshake with our playful grey friends. Guests will be standing on a submerged platform for the entirety of the program. You will learn about the Dolphin's skills, strength, agility and intelligence. Our talented photographers will be capturing your experience throughout the program.


Participants must be 54 inches (4ft 6in/137 cm) or taller to participate on their own. Participants who measure 40in to 53in can participate but must be accompanied by a paid adult participant 18 years and older. One paid adult participant per each participant 53inches or under. For safety reasons, pregnant women are not permitted to participate in this program. Guests with any medical restrictions, special needs or fish allergies are required to email frontofficedc or call us at 1-(305)-289-9975 prior to booking so that our team can best accommodate!(Photos are included with the price.)

Additional information

For the dolphin’s health and safety, all jewelry must be removed prior to the beginning of the program. For liability reasons, NO personal cameras, GoPros, cell phones or any other electronic items/devices are permitted on the docks or in the water at anytime, on/during/or after program. These items are approved to have at our beach and overlook areas for any observers. For your convenience, staff photographers are present at each program. Participants our highly encouraged to check-in at the Dolphin Connection facility 15-20 minutes prior to their program time. We recommend coming program ready with a towel, shoes and a Face Mask. Life vest are provided/required. (Wetsuits are only provided in winter months on a first come, first serve basis. Guest can bring their own if preferred.)

Cancellation Policy

Programs cancelled up to 48 hours prior to program time will be charged a fee of 10%, receiving 90% of booking cost back. No refunds will be given for cancellations that take place after the 48 hours mark, nor will refunds be given for participants who do not show up for their scheduled program. Customers will receive a full refund if Dolphin Connection has to cancel due to extreme weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Programs are not cancelled due to rain or cold. To rebook, cancel or for any other inquiries, please call us at 1-305-289-9975 between the hours of 9:30am and 4:30pm. If after hours, please be sure to leave us a message or send us an email at

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*No Programs offered on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day, due to facility being closed