The Florida Keys Dolphin Facility is home to four different species of endangered sea turtles: Green (Caretta caretta), Loggerhead (Chelonia mydas), Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), and Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata). Each of the sea turtles on display are considered non-releasable for different reasons, including birth defects, buoyancy disorders, boat strikes, entanglement injuries, and predatory attacks. All sea turtles have an assigned primary caregiver, are hand fed a specific diet, participate in daily training and enrichment sessions, and receive routine veterinary care.
The Florida Keys Dolphin Facility houses baby, juvenile and adult nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum). This species is easily recognized by their reddish-brown color and fang-like barbels. The Guided Marine Life Tour includes shark feeding demonstrations.
Sport & Game Fish
The Florida Keys Dolphin Facility displays a variety of sport and game fish that are native to the Florida Keys, including tarpon, bonefish, redfish, snook, snapper, grouper, jacks and sheepshead. Learn more about these fish as they are fed and discussed on the Guided Marine Life Tour.
Tropical Reef Fish
The Florida Keys Dolphin Facility’s coral rock substrate provides a natural habitat for many species of tropical fish found along the waters of the Florida Keys, including parrot fish, trigger fish, puffer fish, pork fish, tangs, file fish and more! You’ll learn interesting facts about each species on our Guided Marine Life Tour.
The Florida Keys Dolphin Facility is home to two American alligators (Alligator mississipiensis) and one Cuban-American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus). You can learn about the differences between crocodiles and alligators and have the opportunity to observe a training session during the Guided Marine Life Tour.
Iguanas are an invasive species in the Florida Keys. They’re believed to be the result of intentional release into the wild and have proliferated over the past decade. The Florida Keys Dolphin Facility displays an adult male Green iguana that was donated to the park by a responsible pet owner.
Birds of Prey
The Florida Keys Dolphin Facility is home to a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) that was deemed non-releasable due to human imprinting. You can learn more about their exceptional eye sight, silent stealth, and interesting facts during the Guided Marine Life Tour.
The Florida Keys Dolphin Facility houses a wide variety of parrot species found around the world, from large macaws and cockatoos to smaller Amazon and African grey parrots. Many of the parrots have been donated by private owners seeking permanent placement for these loud and long-lived pets.
The Florida Keys Dolphin Facility takes guests through mangrove islands across a raised walkway to our lagoon-side beach, providing educational information about mangrove communities and their significance to the Florida Keys.
General admission to the park includes access to our private lagoon-side beach where guests can relax, sunbathe, swim, and snorkel with tropical fish. Freshwater showers, changing rooms, and lockers are available for use, snorkel equipment and towels can be rented, and snacks can be purchased. No lifeguard is on duty. The beach is open daily from 11am-4pm.