This oceanfront playground promotes the preservation and protection of marine life through programs in their oceanarium with bottlenose dolphins. Our family had the privilege of spending an afternoon here and we made an “ocean of memories.”
We’ve always wanted to swim with dolphins as a family, but we were concerned about the safety and ethical treatment of dolphins in captivity. We did a lot of research to find the right place in Florida where you have many options for this experience. Marineland was our top and only choice once we had our research completed.
We decided on the Dolphin Immersion since none of us had ever had a dolphin interaction before and this was a rare opportunity since we were a long way from home. We all had to wear bathing suits which meant I really wanted to do this. They supply you with life vests and have lockers for your personal items. We were introduced to the park and the water by professional trainers. They are very thorough with getting you acquainted with the environment and teaching you about the dolphins. It was very clear how much they love these dolphins and the work that they do. In addition to learning about each dolphin’s history and witnessing some of their spectacular feats, we also got to give them a rub-down, get kisses and swim alongside them. They say bottlenose dolphins are some of the smartest animals on Earth and our experience says that’s true.
Marineland is a Top Choice for a Dolphin Experience
- They have made significant contributions to marine science and conservation
- They are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and part of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta
- Their mission is to inspire visitors to value and respect marine mammals and their environment through interactive education and on-site research
- Marineland has not collected any dolphins from the wild since 1972.
- They are an accredited member of the Alliance of Marine Mammals Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA)– dedicated to the well-being of dolphins and other marine mammals in human care and in the wild.
- Your visit to Marineland partners you in their missions with the Alliance– “important and long-standing contributions to marine education, to the protection of ocean wildlife and habitats, research important to the health of animals—both in our collections and in the wild—and to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and stranded marine mammals, sea turtles and other animals.”
Marineland offers a variety of interactive programs that range from staying on dry land to immersing in the pool with the dolphins, up close and personal. The dolphin deck gets you closer without having to be in the water. Neptune Park boasts sea turtles and sand tiger sharks and their museum also houses live exhibits from the Southeast region of the United States with a Tropical Pacific Room (beautiful fish, invertebrates, coral and more). You can learn about the importance of the Gulf Stream, ecosystems and conservation.
- Marineland is the world’s first Oceanarium
- They have been a part of Florida’s history since 1938.
- Home to a 1.3 million-gallon series of dolphin habitats
- Almost 70 percent of the bottlenose dolphins in AMMPA zoos, aquariums and marine parks are born in these facilities.
- Nellie, the oldest Atlantic bottlenose dolphin in human care at Marineland, died at age 61 on April 30, 2014. She was born in 1953 and she was the spokes-dolphin for Timex watches in addition to appearing in several television shows.
- Marineland has appeared as a Hollywood film site several times:
- “Marine Circus” (1939)
- “The Sea Around Us” (1953)
- “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (1954)
- “Revenge of the Creature” (1955)
- “Secrets of the Reef” (1956)
- “Zaat” (1975)
- “Sea Dream” (1978)
- “Benji Takes a Dive at Marineland” (1981, TV)
- “The Flamingo Rising” (2001, TV)
- “Bernie the Dolphin” (2018)