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Trip Planner: USA / Florida / Florida Keys / Islamorada / Theater of the Sea
Theater of the Sea, established in 1946, is a marine mammal park located in the Village of Islamorada, Florida, United States. It is a tourist attraction located on Windley Key in the Florida Keys. Visitors can swim with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, and sting rays and nurse sharks. Dolphins swim in and jump through a hoop and ring a bell. The 17-acre (6.9 ha) site also has exotic birds, lizards, crocodilians, sea turtles, tropical, game fish, sharks, and other forms of marine life. Short cruises and bottomless boat rides are also conducted.Arrange to visit Theater of the Sea and other attractions in Islamorada using our Islamorada vacation site.
The park also engages in ecological conservation programs, including the first artificial flipper transplant on a sea turtle.
Theater of the Sea reviews
Our family visited the Theater of the Sea this March. We had an amazing time with all of the shows and encounters. We saw the dolphins and it was one of the best shows that we had ever seen. The...
Our family visited the Theater of the Sea this March. We had an amazing time with all of the shows and encounters. We saw the dolphins and it was one of the best shows that we had ever seen. The... more »
We came today and everyone in our party had a blast. We swam with the dolphins and the sharks and the experiences were amazing. The trainers, especially Sam, was so kind, patient, and loved to...
We came today and everyone in our party had a blast. We swam with the dolphins and the sharks and the experiences were amazing. The trainers, especially Sam, was so kind, patient, and loved to... more »
What an amazing experience. We were concerned that the description said it was not modern, but it did not matter. The trainers were extremely skilled and informative. You can tell they really care.... more
What an amazing experience. We were concerned that the description said it was not modern, but it did not matter. The trainers were extremely skilled and informative. You can tell they really care.... more »
My kids and I really enjoy this place. The venue is always clean, the attractions and exhibits are very well presented, entertaining and even a bit educational. The staff is very professional and helpful. And most importantly, the animals all appear to be happy and in very good health. Almost all of them were rescues at some point, so I appreciate the fact that this establishment gave them a chance to live and thrive that they otherwise wouldn’t have had. I highly recommend coming here, especially with kids.
A fun, family-friendly, and educational place to visit. I advise you to book your tickets ahead. I had a great time here. there is an entrance fee. The fee includes access to the show, pool, restaurant, showers, changing room, boat tour, and beautiful garden. . . The shows are between 10 to 30 minutes long. The staff runs on time. Some are just educational and a few are animal shows. For an additional fee, you can do animal encounters. They have swimming with dolphins, sea lions, and stingrays. . . The staff was all very professional and friendly. I thought the place was worth the price. Except to be here for at least 3 hours.
A very quaint interactive park that allows you to move from timed show to show or just check things out at your own speed. The Dolphin show is in a lagoon not a tank and small group seating with great interaction. The sea lions are very entertaining and another great crowd involved show. The rock stars in the place for us where the parrots, the trainer “Kelly” let us in early and then introduced us to a beautiful blue hyacinth macaw. She did a cool one on one Q&A about the parrot showing us so tricks and telling us about there life needs. What a great place to check out.
Wow, this place really exceeded my expectations. The prices are extremely fair for how much you get to see and do. I did the "meet the sea lion" experience which included general admission and it was so fun. Even if we didn't do that, it still would have been spectacular. We actually watched the dolphin show twice because it was that amazing! You get to see so many animals up close and learn how they came to live here. For example, many of the turtles were harmed and are not eligible to be released due to their injuries, so they are cared for here. You can also feed parrot fish and swim with them if you'd like. The feed costs .25 so bring some quarters! There are changing booths if you need to change into a bathing suit. We were here around 3 hours. Definitely a super fun day in Islamorada!
One of the most memorable experiences I ever had! This one will definitely stick with you for years, and your friends and family will be so jealous. Plenty of parking and very easy to get to. Admissions vary. It can get pretty pricey, especially if you do the deep swim with dolphins, but every single penny is well spent. I did the dolphin, sea lion, and nurse shark interaction programs. I just went all in. If you want professional photography (like I did) it will run you about $60 per program. You will have to request this as photographers are busy and limited. Keep in mind the interaction programs are pretty controlled, meaning only touch and interact if the trainer gives you permission to do so. This is obviously for safety for you and their animals. Take all commands from the tower! If you just want to walk around, they have birds, alligator and crocodile, stingrays, sea turtles, etc. There is also a little food shack if you get hungry. A mini beach is by the nurse shark interaction if you want to lay down and relax or let the kids run around for a bit. Thank you for the memories and an unforgettable experience. The best bucket list item to date!
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