Many people have come to love dolphins, and with these highly intelligent mammals there is a lot to love. They are very social and seem to enjoy interacting with humans. People who know dolphins and have a much greater understanding of them than I do think people can actually form bonds with them. I’m not sure if it’s only wishful thinking, but it is clear that many people consider dolphins truly special animals. |
For those people there are many places that anyone can get in the water with dolphins and get close and personal with them. Four of those places are in Florida (the keys are more like a group), and since we talk about interesting and unique things to do in the Sunshine State, here we will give a quick look at all four.
1. Disney World, Orlando. Taking place at the Epcot Aquarium, Dolphins in Depth could be considered more of a dolphin educational experience. This is a three hour program of which about half hour will be with the dolphins in waist-deep water.
2. Discovery Cove, Orlando. This may be the most encompassing water experience for the person who is a true water-lover. It is part of the SeaWorld group of properties, and since they only allow 1000 visitors per day it is imperative that you book your visit well in advance. As part of the day there will be a thirty minute session with a dolphin swim, although most of that could be described as a close encounter within a small group of six to eight guests maximum.
3. Marineland, St. Augustine. Northern Florida offers their alternative to dolphin encounters in St. Augustine’s Marineland, which offers a variety of options. There are swim programs, wading programs, and something quite unique called “dolphin painting”. This is where you hold up a canvas in front of your favorite dolphin and the animal paints you a picture to keep.
4. Dolphin Cove and Dolphins plus, Key Largo in the Florida Keys. These are just two of a few that are strung along the Florida Keys, but they are related and offer some unique opportunities. If you are considering one of these dolphin encounter programs, it’s best to check with the age and size requirements for your child. But for some of them it helps to be a strong swimmer. They also might be considered a bit high for some budgets, but most limit their groups to six or eight people, which ads to their expense.
Places like south Florida are must-see if you vacation in the Sunshine State. Read more on our website whattoseeinflorida. Also, a place in this area of the country you may really enjoy is Key West. Click here to read more. Jim O'Connell is a writer who loves to travel.
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