Inspiring Conservation

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

"Amazing, Amazing! Worth Every Penny! My husband and 2 sons aged 10 and 12 did the dolphin swim experience this morning. The staff were fantastic and so knowledgeable about the dolphins. The dolphins are clearly loved and well looked after. We were introduced to each dolphin and got to spend time with them in the water. They did tricks and we hand fed them fish - we even got dolphin kisses, high fives, and hugs. We spent at least 40mins in the water. It was worth every penny. You have to do this!!!" ~AmandaW, September 2017
"Great experience for the children. I would normally be wary of commercial ventures involving dolphins but we were reassured of the ethics behind Dolphin Connection and it was clear the staff all had the dolphins' best interests at heart and the kids loved the time they spent learning about the animals." ~JaneB, London, England, September 2017
"An amazing experience! My best friend and I dolphinately had an amazing time! We participated in the Dolphin Discovery experience and loved the push for cleaning up our ecosystem. Our trainer was absolutely fantastic! If you're in Marathon, Dolphin Connection should be a top priority!" ~JenniferW, August 2017
"Amazing! My 11-year-old daughter and I did this at Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida. My daughter left loving these creatures and wanting to do it again. It was well organized and the instructors were all very nice! They all seemed educated and able to answer questions. The dolphins were beautiful and seemed well take care of and happy." ~CrisC, New Jersey, August 2017
"Outstanding! We visited Discovery Cove in Orlando and I rated it 5 stars. I would give this 6 if I could. It was a remarkable experience. My teenage girls did Trainer for a Day and loved it. The staff were excellent, knowledgeable and helpful. My wife and I joined them for the Dolphin Discovery encounter and that was awesome too. Highly recommend it!" ~RobB, July 2017
"An amazing experience! This was so special for my brother and I! We felt amazing meeting the dophins and learning about the species. Our trainer was knowledgeable and so upbeat that she made the experience even more special. This is a wonderful educational experience, would highly recommend!" ~HaliS, June 2017
"Dolphin Encounter was Great! I have young children so we did the Dockside Dolphins. It was great and well worth the money. Since they are little, Dockside Dolphins was perfectly tailored to their attention span. They got enough educational information and time with the dolphins that they didn't get bored or lose interest. My 5-year-old lists it as one of the highlights of his trip, and the adults thoroughly enjoyed it as well. There is a small 5 minute informational session at the beginning, then about 20 minutes with the dolphins, they take pictures (which are included in the price) for you, and you get to pet and direct the dolphins. All in all, a great experience!" ~NOLAG504, New Orleans, LA, June 2017
"Wonderful experience! We are not zoo people and hesitated about participating in this. After watching others and seeing how happy the dolphins seemed, we decided to try it on our last day there. The staff are WONDERFUL and compassionate and obviously have a connection with the dolphins. Highly recommend this. The dolphins are happy and so are the people that care for them." ~Rozee1415, May 2017
"Highlight of our trip to the Keys! We absolutely loved the dolphin encounter. My husband and I were at Key West for our anniversary. We drove to Hawks Cay, about an hour and a half (beautiful) drive, and were pleasantly surprised the Dolphin Connection was in a gorgeous resort. We had lots of time with the dolphins.We learned about the dolphins, their names, ages, and personalities and how they came to be at Dolphin Connection. All of the dolphins are rescues or born in captivity. They are very happy and well taken care of. It was amaing getting to touch and interact with the dolphins. We had lots of time in the water with them, both standing on a platform and swimming in the deeper water. The trainers are great, and carefully guided us through every interaction. We learned a lot about dolphins and ocean conservation as well, which I very much enjoyed." ~SharonH, May 2017
"Fantastic!!!! A lovely experience with dolphins in a eco friendly environment. Professional and knowledgeable staff. We really enjoyed it!" ~HenrietteL, April 2017
"An incredible experience! A fantastic experience because you learn about the dolphins while you're really close to them so you can visibly see everything you are being told. We received a full briefing before we got in the water. Excellent facilities and although it is located within a hotel resort, the whole area is very natural as there is a fence separating you and the ocean so lots of tropical fish are swimming around your legs. You interact with several dolphins and learn about what makes them individual. We would definitely recommend this - a must if you are in the Key West area." ~CLADavies, United Kingdom, April 2017
"Wonderful experience! This is something everyone should experience at least once. The dophin is not just a playful mammal but an intelligent creature. They are so soft, graceful and also powerful. The Dolphin Connection is the perfect place to experience these beautiful creatures. The trainers are very friendly and excellent at educating the participants in the life of the dolphins. I highly recommend this place." ~MarshaM, Doylestown, PA, March 2017
"Son Loved It! Pricey but so worth it for my son's 11th birthday. He LOVED the dolphin trainer program! This was the one thing at Hawk's Cay that was worth the money! 3 hours of one on one time with a trainer, learning about the dolphins, feeding them, getting in the water with them, even getting a 'gift' from Lucky (a piece of seagrass which he treasures). Worth every penny!!! Well done dolphin team!!!!" ~Gryphon95, St Louis, MO, March 2017
"Unique and Wonderful Experience! I would recommend this dolphin encounter to anyone - young and more experienced alike! My son and I did it together and both loved it and thought it was one of our very best things we did on our trip to the Keys! You won't regret it!" ~RuthH, Glens Falls, NY, February 2017
"Amazing family experience!! This is a must-do family adventure. Even though it is pricey, it is totally worth it. The interactions with the dolphins were so much fun, and we learned a lot about dolphins and the ocean too. The staff was totally professional. My child was nervous at one point and they were gentle and patient until he warmed up. The pictures they provide at a charge are fantastic. Totally recommend it." ~marlarbaum, Englewood, NJ, February 2017
"Amazing! Such a great experience. The facility is wonderful with a breathtaking view. We did the dockside dolphins for my three little girls. The instructors were very informative and great with children. This was a once in a lifetime experience that they will always remember. This attraction is easily the deciding factor on where you should stay in the Keys." ~chloe484, Atlantic City, NJ, January 2017
"So much fun! The kids loved this. It was a once in a lifetime experience for them all and something they will be sure to remember. The staff were very helpful and the facilities were clean and the dolphins seemed to be well taken care of." ~TriciaM, Cape Cod, MA, November 2016
"Amazing experience! I had such a great time at the Dolphin Connection. Not only is this a great hands on experience, it's also a great educational session as well." ~RandaDerkson, Prince George, Canada, October 2016
"Could not wipe the smile off my face!!! Great Birthday Present! At 38 years old this was my first time swimming with the dolphins and what a truly blessed experience to be that close (legally) to a majestic sea mammal. These trainers love what they do and it shows in the way they teach you about the dolphins. I had no idea that being close to a dolphin in the wild is illegal, now I know. My favorite part was looking into their eyes, you can tell there is so much playfulness and curiosity they have for us as well. If you can afford it, do it, it is a once in a lifetime experience!" ~Cassandre B, Fort Lauderdale, FL, September 2016
"Exceptional experience! Our dolphin encounter was one of the highlights of our trip. The dolphin handlers are all well qualified and knowledgeable about the dolphins. I found it to be well organized, ethical and educational." ~EB, London, England, July 2016
"One of a kind experience! I have never seen a dolphin, or even have touched one, but the Dolphin Connection team made it possible. This amazing and friendly place with the help of the knowledgeable trainers allowed me to take home a memorable experience and some unique knowledge on why it is important to take care of our oceans and why not to interact with wild dolphins. Plus I got to kiss a dolphin and touch it!" ~Lizethl93, New York, NY, June 2016 
"Today definintely goes down on the list of one of the best days of my life. I spent all morning playing with dolphins....It gave me a personal experience on why we should take care of our world. My heart was opened to a new level of appreciation for life today. I plan to see more experiences like this one as well as a career in marine life in the years to come. Pretty please save our environment and stop littering to save dolphins." ~lillie_mccall, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2016 
"Friendly dolphins! This was one of the highlights, if not the highlight, of our holiday. The dolphins were wonderful to interact with, and do seem to genuinely want to be around humans. They seemed to get excited just seeing us getting ready to go and meet them. They swim incredibly quickly from the center of the lake to appear right in front of us with apparent big smiles on their faces, something I'll never forget. Well worth experiencing once in your life as a special treat, as it will give special memories." ~JHUK2014, Brighton, United Kingdom, April 2016
"You can experience dolphins up close and personal. These dolphins are not captured for display. These are injured and aged dolphins who need a place to safely live out their lives where humans can see them and interact with the dolphins in a natural environment. These are magnificent animals who deserve our respect and I think this facility provides that." ~7FootMoose, Annapolis, MD, April 2016 
"Exceeded my expectations. I booked the Dolphin Discovery for my kids aged 11 and 15 and couldn't have been more pleased. My kids had an awesome experience. The facilities were great, the staff was experienced and knowledgeable, clearly educated Marine Biologists. The experience was long, focused on careful, respectful interaction with the dolphins. The kids were in awe, both of the dolphins, and of the staff expertise. The viewing deck where my husband and I watched (amazed) was comfortable, and we could see and hear perfectly, while being out of the way of the staff and participants. I am so glad we booked the Dolphin Connection. It was the highlight of our trip." ~SusanB, March 2016
"Exceptional and unique experience. My daughter loved the entire experience, as did I. The dolphins were simply amazing animals and the interaction with them beyond my expectations. We fed them, stroked them, got to hug them and even got to do a little water dance with them! I'd highly recommend this experience." ~BrianM, Amesbury, MA, February 10, 2016
"Daughter loved it! During our vacation we allowed our children to choose 2 special activities. Our daughter, who has some challenges, chose only one. Swimming with the dolphins. The experience was everything that she had hoped for. The trainer that worked with her was patient, kind and went out of her way to make sure the experience was positive." ~ChanninF, Jamestown, OH, January 22, 2016
"My husband and I did the Dockside Dolphins activity, and it was really fun! We stayed on the dock rather than swimming with them, but it was still very hands-on and fun, especially as we had our own trainer who answered our questions and kind of introduced each dolphin to us. Definitely a unique experience and one I'd recommend if you stay at Hawks Cay!" ~TiffanyD, December 28, 2015
"Amazing! Swimming with the dolphins was such a great experience. The staff was very well informed and they explain everything about the dolphins they had there. The dolphins were so cute and I even had a kiss from one of them. The water is so crystalline there that you can see all kinds of fishes swimming very close to you. I highly recommend it for everyone in any age. Great experience. I loved it." ~MariaCFC, Palm Coast, FL, December 13, 2015
"An absolutely amazing experience! Simply awesome - there's no other way to describe it. We did the in-water experience and were fortunate enough to be the only ones this particular morning. All of the dolphins are rescues and are spoiled beyond belief so there's no reason to worry about their care as in some 'large' exhibits around the country. The staff truly cares about the dolphins - and it shows." ~PeteC, New York, November 12, 2015
"Excellent family activity. A great place where you can interact with five beautiful, pampered dolphins, that are very smart and funny. The trainers are fantastic, with very good education and explanations, and they really show passion and care for what they do, and for the dolphins. You really spend some good quality time in the water with the dolphins, in a clean and safe environment." ~Hor1964, Miami, FL, October 15, 2015
"Awesome Experience. My husband and I did the in-water experience with Dolphin Connection. We being locals never thought we would learn so much. The staff is so knowledgeable and we were taught things we will always remember when seeing dolphins in the wild. If you're local or just visiting this is something everyone should enjoy at least once. We will recommend to our family and friends when they come to visit us." ~WilliamC, Marathon, FL, September 28, 2015
"Amazing Experience! Excellent program. It was an amazing experience, I will never forget it. I did the dockside program as part of a press trip and it was educational and interactive. We were able to pet, feed and give commands to the dolphins. The dolphins did some awesome tricks and it was evident they were happy and well loved. All the trainers and care takers were very professional and educated. Everyone working here has a degree and this is their life's passion - not just a summer job. It was amazing!" ~JessiMommyPants, York, PA, September 2, 2015
"Educational and moving encounters with dolphins. I had a chance to do the Dockside meet and greet and I would do it again in a heartbeat!!! I was impressed with how much love and care these beautiful creatures get from their caretakers. I learned so much and was thrilled to tick off a bucket list item of touching dolphins!" ~MeganB, Chattanooga, TN, September 1, 2015
"Dolphin interaction! The trainers were amazing, knowledgeable and you could tell how much the dolphins trusted and respected them. The facility was clean and educational. Kids of all ages would enjoy different aspects of what they offer!" ~ArynN, Maitland, FL, August 25, 2015
"Life Time Experience! This was an AMAZING experience! All of the dolphins were so friendly, (funny and clumsy too)! All of the dolphins come straight up to you and splash you and play with you. It was a great experience for the family and will SO do it again! Even the mini gift shop and all of the pictures were fantastic! This is a MUST DO!" ~MannyP, Millstone, NJ, August 8, 2015
"Trainer for the day - My daughter and I spent the morning in the trainer for the day program and loved it. All of the staff was fantastic and really cared for the dolphins. They were well cared for and seemed happy there. Definitely would recommend this experience." ~KateB4E, August 6, 2015
"Well worth it. This is a must have when you go to Hawks Cay Resort. This is an amazing experience that you will never forget!! It is well worth the price. I will never forget this amazing time I spent with the dolphins :)" ~Jadyn888, Henderson, NV, July 30, 2015
"Trainer for a day - our 16 yr/old daughter loved this activity!!!!! She spent 3 hours involved with the trainers & dolphins and couldn't stop talking about it!!!!" ~TimM, Atlanta, GA, July 9, 2015
"Best birthday surprise ever! We surprised our daughter with the Dolphin Connection for her birthday. The staff was great and the dolphins were just amazing! She loved every minute of it. She loved that she got to get in the water with the dolphins and give instructions and pose for pictures. She will never forget this birthday!" ~ProudOrlandoGirl, Orlando, FL, July 7, 2015
"Experience of a lifetime! My husband and I visited Hawks Cay for our honeymoon so we of course could not pass up swimming with the dolphins! We are major animal lovers and knew this would be an amazing experience. The staff were so kind, and were obviously very knowledgeable and well trained in their field. The dolphins were also super friendly! Ha, they are playful, beautiful, cared for so well, and just loved playing with us and their trainers. Places like these are so important as the costs go directly into taking care of unreleasable wildlife. It is well worth the visit for you, and for the dolphins! They are amazing creatures." ~Laura F, June 25, 2015
"An unforgettable of the best things about Dolphin Connection is their commitment to educating the public about these awe-inspiring and highly intelligent creatures, while providing a fun time for guests. The dolphins are well cared for, the facilities are clean, and the staff is friendly and professional. They can handle older guests, any special needs, and just take the time to help guests have a wonderful experience and keep the dolphins safe." ~OmnWizTraveler, Miami, FL, June 15, 2015
"Awesome! Highly recommend! The instrustors are great and it was comfortable and an amazing experience! They treat the dolphins with care and educate at the same time." ~VG, Denver, CO, June 14, 2015
"This weekend my family spent time both on the dock experience, and swimming with the dolphins and I wanted to take a moment to commend your staff. From the folks that greeted us, the photographers, and the trainers, everyone was fantastic. My boys left with a deeper appreciation of the ocean, the importance of respecting the environment, and a greater love of marine life...Special shout out to Lauren "Little", our trainer today. She was great with the kids! And please let Chance, the photographer, know that we'd never know he was new at his job...great photos!! We will certainly see you all soon!" ~JFerrall, Greenacres, FL, June 6, 2015
"Wonderful experience! Husband and I splurged on this bucket list encounter and had a truly wonderful time. Played with 5 unbelievable dolphins under the competent watch of our expertly trained trainers/guides. Only 7 others in class and you felt like it was one on one. Beautiful pictures captured experience and proceeds benefit the dolphins." ~Redbook2, Boynton Beach, FL, May 29, 2015
"Everyone who goes to Hawk's Cay is infatuated with the dolphins. Special programs are held and don't miss them! You will get a better understanding of how human these amazing creatures are. Very Special!!" ~Linne G, Chicago, IL, May 28, 2015 
"Our first bucket list trip. We just recently visited the Dolphin Connection as a start of my wife's bucket list trips. She is terminally ill due to a recurrance of her breast cancer and this was first on her list. I just want to thank the staff there for making this a most memorable experience for us! We did the trainer program and Sylvia and Natalie did a tremendous job of tailoring the program to my wife's limitations. I cannot say enough praise for how these two treated her in making this an experience of a lifetime!! Again I want to say thanks from the bottom of my heart and tell you how great of a job that you did!!! I would recommend this to anyone thinking about this type of experience. They have programs to fit with any type of family, young to older, and the staff is very caring and will make this experience one of a lifetime!!!!" ~Chris C, Port Charlotte, FL, May 17, 2015
"A fun and unique experience. Our family of 4 went this afternoon and each and every one involved with the program, trainers and other staff included, were just fabulous! Super nice, enthusistic and helpful with every aspect. They are knowledgeable and caring not only with their animals but the participants also. I know its not inexpensive but the experience is unique and the funds are very appreciated and utilized in all aspects of care and education. Highly recommended!!!" ~Robin D, Beatrice, NB, May 5, 2015
"Best experience ever!!! We just went this morning and did the dolphin discovery! Hanging with the dolphins was something on my bucket list. Thank you for making my dream come true." ~Heather N, April 30, 2015
"First of all, the dolphins are absolutely amazing!!! I ready to start working with dolphins! Since the dolphin discovery program at Hawks Cay Resort, I have been researching marine mammal training and think I would be up for the amazing task. Who cares if you have to work around the clock?! Being able to assist dolphins is an opportunity of a lifetime!...The program inspired me to get more involved in dolphin and marine mammal training. Thank you guys so much at Dolphin Connection for this life changing opportunity!!" ~CLMazzoni, Bridgeport, CT, April 6, 2015
"Do it!  It's memorable and it's well worth it.  There is something in the eyes of the dolphins that is so human.  Even after being in the water with the dolphins, I was continually drawn back to watch them play together when they were off duty."  ~SlackerBill, Chicago, IL, March 17, 2015
"Great experience.  Well organized and run by a terrific staff.  Would do it again!  The staff handled children and adults with humor and patience and were wonderful with the dolphins." ~GatorGirl80, Tampa, FL, March 23, 2015
"The dolphin staff were first rate, eager and well-honed.  The dolphins themselves were a rare treat of nature and we loved interacting with them." ~BillW, Indianapolis, IN, March 29, 2015
"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, MI, Februray 16, 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, MN, January 16, 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 13, 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 31, 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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