Inspiring Conservation

Here's what Dolphin Connection's guests have to say:

"My husband booked the trainer for a day program for my 40th birthday. I had a blast! It is definitely worth the money as you get over 3 hours learning about what it means to be a trainer. You get to prep food for dolphins, feed dolphins, learn all about caring for these beautiful animals. A day I will always remember!" ~MelissaG, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Februray 2015
"My daughter and I really enjoyed the interaction with the dolphins. The staff was very friendly! I would recommend the dolphin connection to any family. Priceless memories and pictures to take home to treasure." ~Stacia2015, International Falls, Minnesota, January 2015
"Ten of our family members participated in this wonderful and educational experience. The age range was from 8 to 76 years old. The experience began with an orientation class on dry land above the dolphin enclosures, but the dolphins knew we were there and began to perform tricks on their own to get our attention. The children could barely wait!  Next we were fitted with wetsuits for warmth and life vests for safety, split into two groups to visit different dolphins, and we were off! A trainer went with each group and other personnel stayed nearby on the docks around us.  Our youngest grandson was terribly disappointed to be found too short to go into the water with the dolphins, but Sylvia, an experienced trainer, took him in hand and promised a special experience for him. Thank you, Sylvia, for making this the event of his young life, so far!  We all learned several dolphin commands and became familiar with touching the animals. The commands increased in complexity and sometimes the animals interacted together. We learned the proper procedure for feeding fish to them and actually went out into open water to swim with them briefly, holding their flippers. The final feat was a beautiful leap from the center of the pool by three dolphins, entire bodies out of the water, in tandem. Gorgeous and breath-taking!
We recognize that these are large, wild creatures, but they are beautiful in their own way. And they have personality! They are exuberant and enthusiastic in their interactions with their trainers and the public. I hope I do not overreach when I say that we all sensed that they enjoyed performing, interacting and displaying their skills for us. The session positively flew by and it was time to leave. The trainers accompanied us up to the classroom space and asked for our comments and questions, the perfect wrap up to our time with the animals. Several of our grandchildren wanted to learn how they could become trainers and work with the dolphins too. So a possible new career path may have opened up for some of them. Oh, and the child most thrilled and awed by the afternoon: our young Ethan, who couldn't get in the water with the animals, but participated fully with the "training" from the dock, with Sylvia's assistance. At one point, commanding a 500 lb. dolphin out into the middle of his pool to do a gorgeous, full-body tail leap out of the water, the huge grin on Ethan's face told the whole story! If you have any interest in animals or sea creatures, this experience will absolutely WOW you!" ~Nan1959, Bonita Springs, FL, January 2015
"This was by far one of the most breathtaking experiences of our lives. I had the joy of visiting with my family and two of my children (older teens) swam with the dolphins and said they had one of the best times of their lives. My other son is in a wheelchair and we participated in Dockside Dolphins and the staff was so accomodating and understanding that my handicapped son had possibly one of the best experiences of his life. I would definitely recommend this for any family looking for something fun to do, especially if a family member is in a wheelchair and wants to have fun!" ~JuanandKathy, Newton, NJ, December 2014

"Watching these beautiful creatures up close was exciting. The training staff were experienced. Great job!" ~CNYSUR, Canada, December 17, 2014

"One reason we wanted to stay at Hawks Cay was for this dolphin encounter alone. We got to feed, touch, kiss, swim, and hold the dolphins. The handlers are very knowledgeable and love their flippered friends like family. The dolphins seemed to enjoy interacting with us humans as well. I have wanted to swim with them for a very long time and it is an experience I will never forget. Next time we are taking the kids! Well worth every penny." ~Created4thecreator, Orlando, FL, December 2, 2014

"Outstanding. What a great group of loving and caring people. The animals are all treated with love and affection. It's about customer and animal safety. I can't say enough good things about the people and facility. Don't miss this opportunity." ~IlliniTraveler56, Chicago, IL, November 19, 2014

"The trainers seem to genuinely care about the dolphins and about you having an opportunity to learn about the dolphins and appreciate them for the amazing animal that they are, not the tricks they can do. You will not be riding a dolphin. Instead you will feed, touch, hug, kiss, rub them, and hold their fins. This is a lifelong memorable experience, and was the highlight of our visit to the Keys." ~Son_of_Diogenes, Philadelphia, PA, August 25, 2014

"We thoroughly enjoyed our dolphin encounter & am happy to report the staff is very knowledgeable & the dolphins are well cared for." ~slk12300, Coral Springs, FL, August 4, 2014

"If staying in or around Duck Key you have to do this. It was a great experience. The trainers were very knowledgeable and friendly and the dolphins are clearly well looked after and cared for." ~StDublin, Dublin, Ireland, August 1, 2014
"Absolute must do! great staff, kids loved it as did everyone watching. " ~Richard CFTM64, Fort Myers, FL, July 21, 2014
"My husband and I are avid divers that love dolphins. We spent a few hours at the Dolphin Connection and learned more about these beautiful marine mammals. This organization works to advance our insight into dolphin biology and behavior while sharing the beauty and charm of the dolphins with guests. This is a MUST SEE if you are in the Florida Keys." ~Cynthia G., Austin, TX, June 22, 2014
"This was the best part of our trip! Wonderful experience for children." ~Barbara B., Princeton, WV, June 17, 2014
"Great opportunity to get hands-on with dolphins. Well organized, a must do activity!" ~Margaret M., Brigg, UK, May 6, 2014
"Our party of six had a great time learning [about] and feeding the dolphins! So glad we did it!" ~GarthMC, Boston, MA, April 30, 2014
"My granddaughters loved their interaction with the dolphins and the time and attention the trainers spent with them." ~lhaarrts, Sebring, FL, April 13, 2014
"The dolphin experience was super. The trainers are passionate and obviously take great care of the dolphins. I've wanted to swim with dolphins since I was a child." ~ Rick S., Romulus, NY, March 10, 2014
"My wife and I just enjoyed this fantastic experience. The trainers are so incredibly passionate about their jobs and took the time to explain about each of the 4 dolphins and their environment. Being in the water next to these incredible, powerful and smart creatures is an unbelievable experience." ~ NJcpltrvl, January 19, 2014
"Our trainer taught us so much about working with these beautiful animals. We helped to prepare fish for 2 meals, met all 4 animals, Fed them, got involved with training exercises, got to ask loads of questions. Worked from side of deck and in shallow and deep water. It was fantastic and we loved the 'smallness' of the operation." ~ Hassendeanbandb, Hawick, October 31, 2013
"This was the best up close and personal dolphin experience I could have imagined. The trainers are knowledgeable and delightful. The dolphins are well trained. Awesome." ~ Mary R., Langhorne, PA, October 22, 2013
"This was my children's first experience with the Dolphins and it was perfect. It was on location and gave the kids great exposure to them." ~ MKMcBrennan, New York, NY, October 9, 2013
"WOW! We had such a great and unforgettable moment there!! We had the "trainer for a day" experience, and it's definitely awesome. 
With trainers (real trainers) we had the opportunity to prepare the fish to feed the dolphins for their first, second and third meal. The first meal of the day is kind of a private experience: just the trainers, the dolphins, and you. We'll never forget this full morning. If you can do it, or if you're hesitating, stop! Do it! Touching dolphins or being in the water with them is such a rewarding experience!" ~ FLCTraveler, Lyon, France, August 29, 2013
"We really enjoyed the dolphin experience! The staff is very nice and willing to answer all questions." ~ Mstebnicki, Atlanta, GA August 16, 2013
"The Dolphin Connection was a once in a lifetime event that my daughter and I enjoyed immensely. We were able to get into the water with the Dolphins and interact with them. Just breathtaking. The Dolphin Connection is a first class operation with passionate, well-educated trainers. We will never forget this! The dolphin trainers taught my daughter and I so much about the mammals they are so passionate about. The one-on-one connection in the water was unforgettable. Definitely a must-do while at Hawks Cay." ~ EatsOutJupiter, Jupiter, FL, August 5, 2013
"The whole family participated, and we all walked away happy! The staff was very informative, answering all questions we had. A great experience! " ~ mommayce, Centereach, NY, August 3, 2013
“The trainers were friendly. I would be if I too had the most awesome job in the world.” ~ Rainydayinnyc, New York, NY, May 24, 2013
“My daughter enjoyed the dolphin encounter. Very friendly staff. “ ~ Deb43015, Delaware, OH, May 12, 2013
“We had a brilliant time at the dolphin connection never swam with dolphins before and this experience was just magical, great staff, gentle dolphins, will remember for the rest if our lives!!” ~ Mariedevaney1, April 27, 2013
“My husband surprised me with a trip to Hawk's Cay to swim with the dolphins. I did the trainer for a day program. Three hours of working with and around these magnificent mammals. Getting in the water with them was magical. DO NOT miss this experience!” ~ Janinedec, Fort Myers, FL, April 11, 2013
“If you want to swim with dolphins & learn about them in their own environment, this is the place. they take care of the dolphins like they're family members!” ~Shjhhi, Knoxville, TN, April 3, 2013
“It was fabulous to interact with the dolphins. We could look in their eyes, and touch and play with them. The trainers were equally fabulous.” ~ Seasoned L., Sawyer, MI, February 23, 2013
“Amazing experience! The dolphins were wonderful and the trainers did a great job! We learned a lot and enjoyed our time with the dolphins!”  ~ Susan M., Phoenix, AZ, January 1, 2013
 “My daughter loved it and was able to tell people what she learned which I thought was great that it was not only a fun experience but educational.” ~Jessi A., Carmel Valley, CA, December 19, 2012
“The trainers are very professional and friendly, and my whole family had a great time getting to rub and feed some very active and athletic dolphins! Highly recommended family attraction.” ~ Michael P, Havertown, PA, November 25, 2012
“Spent more than an hour observing, learning and participating thru interaction with bottleness dolphins. Highly recommend this activity! Great staff and quality program.” ~ Melanie, Lincolnton, NC, November 24, 2012
“Very friendly staff taking their time to give you a memorable experience.” ~ Emiel Mel, Brussels, Belgium, November 14, 2012
“This was the only place we were able to view dolphins swimming in their own personal lagoon. What a treat! Highly recommend if you want to spend time with the dolphins...” ~ Susan P., Manasquan, NJ, November 6, 2012
“Our daughter is adult but handicapped. She did [this program] three days in a row, and the staff were great! Really top notch operation.” ~ OldTar, Fairfax, VA, October 28, 2012
“Excellent service. Trainers are very knowledgeable and friendly.” ~ Jerry,Hawkesbury, Canada, October 28, 2012
“The Dolphin Connection was simply amazing and we will remember this forever. Our trainer was great and we had the best time ever. The dolphins are just fantastic!” ~  Gail R., Syracuse, NY, October 24, 2012
“We did the Dolphin Discovery and it was amazing to be in the water with these animals. The dolphin trainers were awesome and we did not feel rushed and they made sure everyone had a lot of interaction with the dolphins. I can't wait to return with my kids so that they can swim with the dolphins.” ~ Jatyson, October 21, 2012
“A dolphin encounter is a must for the kids.” ~ Okidoc, Houston, Texas, October 3, 2012
"Loved it all. I could have stayed all day. The people looking after the dolphins were very committed and caring towards them. We had an information talk prior to entering the water which was good but the highlight was the dolphin interaction....brilliant, loved it.” Tess Kendle, Coventry, September 27, 2012
“It was a great experience! Friendly knowledgeable staff! I would highly recommend this.” ~ Kathryn L., King’s Lynn, United Kingdom, September 11, 2012
“The trainers/staff are very passionate about what they are doing, and that is great to see and be a part of for an hour or so. Wonderful experience to meet these dolphins.”~  IrishManInUSA, September 9, 2012
“We participated in the Dockside Dolphins encounter with our daughter - she was absolutely amazed and it was worth every minute.” ~ Anthony Lanza, Southington, CT, September 7, 2012
“Great hands on experience, dolphins were wonderful. Small group was nice because there was more one-on-one between my daughters and the dolphins. They learned a lot and had a great time.” ~ Lara B., Warwick, NY, August 7, 2012
"The dolphins were wonderful. We really enjoyed touching and watching them perform. I especially enjoyed my picture of the dolphin kissing me on the cheek!" ~ Paula S., Snow Camp, NC, August 7, 2012
"My daughter and I did trainer for a day. It was so worth it. She is still talking about it. [Our trainer] was amazing. She gave us so much information and we never felt rushed. She is so good with people. My daughter and I learned so much about dolphins.” ~ Jalee S., Newport Beach, CA, August 2, 2012
“The Dolphin Connection is one of those experiences of a lifetime for both adults and children alike. It brought so much joy to my entire family, and to see my 4 year old respect the directions from the trainer, and interact positively with the dolphins was something to behold.” ~ Courtney, San Clemente, CA, July 28, 2012
"My boys ages 8 and 11 loved this experience. The direct contact was enough for them to feel they were close to the dolphin. They also learned so much about the dolphins and environment. On the way out of town my 8 yr old wanted us to stop so he could pick up trash. They had taught him litter ends up in the ocean and harms marine life. Good lesson!" ~ FunnyBonesRaleigh, Raleigh, NC, June 20, 2012
"It would be impossible not to enjoy this experience!" ~ Cass & Spark, Boston, MA, July 1, 2012
"A very special experience! In an intimate setting, our family was able to get up close and personal with the dolphins! The trainers were very enthusiastic and clearly very knowledgeable." ~ Connie D., North Bethesda, MD, June 13, 2012
“The trainers and staff were very professional and knowledgeable. Had an amazing time and learned a lot about the dolphins.” ~ Angela G., Fayetville, NC, September 12, 2012
"Great Staff. Beautiful facility. I did the discovery program and it was worth every penny. Never thought I would have so much fun with a dolphin. Staff was very knowledgable and able to answer every question asked. The photos they took were awesome. Dolphins seem very happy!" ~ Jason M., Pittsburgh, PA, May 25, 2012
"My 51 year old husband did this and loved every minute of it. He was like a big kid! He learned so much about dolphins and in turn, was able to share that knowledge with me. Highly recommend this." ~ AtlantaTravelers, Atlanta, GA, May 15, 2012
"My kids Loved It, the trainers did a great job educating my kids about the Dolphins and my daughter did not want to get out of the water. Truly Amazing Experience...I highly recommend this activity!" ~ Deena L., Arlington, TX, May 15, 2012
"Dolphins experience was tremendous. Our kids loved it and spoke about it for weeks after." ~ Tim K., Austin, TX, April 25, 2012
"Trainer for a day is the way to go if at all possible. Weeks later, the kids are still talking about it!" ~ Momof2Travelers, St. Louis, MO, April 7, 2012
"We all loved feeding the dolphins and helping the trainers with the dolphins. It was the highlight of our kids visit. An incredible experience." ~ Abbey M., Winchester, MA, February 29, 2012
 "Incredible experience, unique and educational. When else will you have an opportunity like this? The Dolphins are so smart and gentle." ~ Taos Manager, Taos, NM, January 21, 2012
"Our 11 year old daughter had a wonderful morning learning about, interacting with and swimming with the dolphins. An unforgettable experience." ~ Sally G., Buffalo, NY, January 8, 2012
"We participated in the dockside experience. It was incredible and the dolphins were an absolute treat to be near. The staff was very engaging and the information and educational value was perfect for their age." ~ Jenna & Lyza, Rochester, IL, November 22, 2011
"We had the time of our lives! The dolphins are soooo smart and wonderful. It was fun to learn the hand signals that the trainers do. It was amazing to actually touch the dolphins! This was a trip that we will never forget." ~ Carol B., Royal Palm Beach, FL, October 31, 2011
"Staff was phenomenal! Very informative/educational. We will now make an annual contribution to this facility after getting to know the dolphins and staff.....gotta pay-it-forward." ~ Malonzo2, Austin, TX, July 18, 2010

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Dolphin Connection strives to Inspire Conservation. We believe that meeting our dolphins can change the way someone sees the world. Maybe they’ll be more likely to pick up a piece of trash or participate in a beach clean-up. How are you making a positive impact on our planet? We can’t wait to hear your stories!


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