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THEATER OF THE SEA (MM 84.5 Oceanside) <== MUST SEE
Theater of the Sea is a true pioneer in programs that involve you interacting with the animal. Their popular 30 minute dolphin swim is just one example. The program include trained behaviors such as dorsal tows and hugs, but also freestyle swimming and snorkeling with the dolphins.

We really like Theater of the Sea - it's family owned and operated since 1946, and is one of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world. In our opinion, this is a much more natural and interesting experience than e.g. Sea World in Orlando. With or without an animal encounter, Theater of the Sea is well worth the visit.

Theater of the Sea offers various types of encounters with dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, sharks and rays. Some of these programs have no minimum age requirement. See their "Animal Interaction Programs" page for more details. All interactive programs include admission to their live shows (dolphin, sea lion, and parrot shows), the guided marine life tour, the lagoon-side beach, and the bottomless boat ride. The whole family will enjoy.

Their lagoons and tropical gardens are home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, fish, sharks, alligators, stingrays, birds and much more. Don't miss this truly unique experience, suitable for the entire family.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (MM 102.5 Oceanside)
Your gateway to the world famous Pennekamp / Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary featuring glass-bottom boats, snorkel and scuba tours, and family water fun.

Dolphins Plus (MM 99.5 Oceanside)
Located in Key Largo, we operate a marine mammal facility involved in environmental education programs. We offer tow programs designed for those interested in learning more about dolphins and their environment.

Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (MM 93.6 Bayside)
The center rescues and rehabs injured birds and releases them back into the wild. FREE, but donations greatly appreciated. Call (305) 852-4486 for details.

Dolphin Research Center (MM 59 Bayside)
Located on Grassy Key in the heart of the Florida Keys. Dolphin Research Center is a not-for-profit education and research facility, home to a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions.

Audubon House and Tropical Garden
205 Whitehead St., Key West
(305) 294-2116 Tours Daily 9:30 - 4:15
Audubon House & Tropical Gardens is an exploration into local history and folklore, while the gardens offer a lush one-acre view of tropical foliage.

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
The Florida reef tract is the most extensive living coral reef system in North American waters and the third largest system in the world. Manage, protect and preserve the ecologically diverse marine communities and submerged cultural resources of the Florida Keys.

Key West Aquarium
Located in Key West’s famous Mallory Square, the Key West Aquarium is home to alligators, jellyfish, sharks and many other marine animals. There are guided aquarium tours as well as animal feedings and touch tanks.

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