Where to Swim with Dolphins in Florida (And See Manatees)

Swimming with a Dolphin at Discovery Cove, Florida

Swimming with a Dolphin at Discovery Cove, Florida

In honor of the movie Dolphin Tale making a huge splash on the big screen, I’m re-sharing a link to an article I wrote several years ago but is still relevant, “Where to Swim with Dolphins in Florida.” I’m guessing folks who see the movie will want to swim with a dolphin during their Florida vacation. Heck, I live here and I can’t wait to do it again!

When my sister visited three years ago, I took her to the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key (Florida Keys) for the opportunity. She loved it! Below is the video we recorded about the experience. I’ve had the good fortune of swimming with a dolphin at Discovery Cove and it’s something everyone needs to do.

I know I owe my other sister a swim with the dolphins experience, she just needs to get herself down to the Sunshine State.

View from the Manatee Viewing Center, Apollo Beach, Florida

View from the Manatee Viewing Center, Apollo Beach, Florida

And speaking of sea mammals, seeing a manatee while vacationing in Florida is pretty groovy, too. I’ve rounded up five spots to see the sea cows in this article, “Where to See Manatees in Florida’s West Coast.”


Author: Solo Travel Girl Admin

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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  1. I have done swimming with the dolphins all over the state of Florida and love the dolphin programs in the Florida Keys. If you want to swim with Manatees, you need to do that in Crystal River area in the winter time. Nice Blog!

  2. Swimming with manatees in Crystal River is definitely on my list; I’ve gone scallop collecting there and had a great time.

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