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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Betty G
"Dolphins, turtles and sharks"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 27, 2019 NEW
Marineland is on A1A just South of St. Augustine Beach. The Aquarium has been in operation since 1938 - which probably means most will know what my review states. -There are demonstrations of dolphins performing: waving at the crowd, doing flips, etc, but the real purpose of the experience is to learn more about sea life and the need to protect them. In this case, learning is a load of fun. -Guided tours are a part of the basic admission ticket. The guides are knowledgeable and provide not only a view of sea life but a history of the aquarium and its importance. -For an additional cost, there are programs where among other activities, visitors can interact with the dolphins, touch and/or feed the dolphins,. There is also a behind the scenes tour. The program is set up be safe for animals and people. For example, while on a tour each member must stay with their group. The staff is very watchful and careful so that everyone remains safe. Do note that walking is required so allow enough time to rest if walking is difficult. There are wheelchairs available, if needed. Finally, the entrance off of A1A into Marineland is through a very large gold arch. If coming from St Aug, the arch will be on your left. Parking is free.
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merlotsmom
Piqua, Ohio
"Dolphins up close and personal"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2019 NEW
If you want to visit to a glitzy place with canned shows, this place is not for you. But if you want to be close to sea turtles, sharks, tortoises, and dolphins and learn about their lives and habitats, you should take the time to visit Marineland. The entry fee gets you a half hour tour of the facilities, including a room with Marineland's history and their collection of salt water aquatic animals. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and interacted well with our 4-year-old granddaughter. During the tour, you will walk very close to the tanks holding the dolphins; but I highly recommend spending the extra money for at least the pet and play dolphin encounter. You will be able to pet a dolphin and interact with it for about 10 minutes under the supervision of a trainer. We happened to go on a day when the tortoises were fed, and we got to see them eat their breakfast in their enclosure. We spent a very enjoyable three hours and will definitely go back!
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Steve C
"Granddaughter's surprise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019
My 8 year old granddaughter has loved dolphins since she was able to talk. We planned a surprise Dolphin Adventure for her with Marineland. The folks there were awesome. We did the normal tourist thing walking around seeing the sharks and turtles etc..tour guides were great. Then over to the Dolphin center to watch a short show. We then left and went up the coast a ways for lunch. Once we returned to watch the Dolphins some more the surprise was sprung on her when a staff member came out and told her she needed to change into her swim suit. The trainers and the Dolphins were magnificent and built a memory that will last forever. Perhaps even providing a path for to follow into their footsteps. High recommend a visit for Dolphin lovers.
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ralfcape
Frankfurt, Germany
"Dolphins, Turtles, and Sharks! Oh my!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 31, 2018
We received free passes from Ripple Effect Eco-Tours so we decided to go for an afternoon. We had read the positive and negative reviews and were prepared for a 10 minute stay or longer. We were going to upgrade to a "Touch and Play" with the dolphins, but we would have had to wait 2 hours, as we had not booked in advance. We walked around the the turtles and sharks and heard great info from the volunteer naturalists on duty. We then took the "Behind the Seas" tour. This tour takes you close to dolphin tanks and gives a short briefing on what the trainers/biologists do there. We then went down stairs to hear a bit about Marineland's history. Hard to believe there was this huge show and park there at one time. Then we toured some other smaller tanks of native and non-native fish. Then back up on the deck to watch the dolphins. This is a place where you could pay more for more contact with the dolphins. The people in the water with the dolphins were having the time of their lives. So if you are into it, do it. But don't complain about the up selling. This is a marine research facility that will only thrive on dollars paid by entrants into their aquarium. And if you believe animals should not be held in captivity, don't go. But if you are looking for a small outing near Palm Coast or St. Augustine to go and learn more about our marine ecosystems, go! The whole point of this place now is to educate us on what we need to do to preserve the ecosystems and what they are learning from their studies of these great creatures.
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Margaret S
"Love coming here"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018
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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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.