No minimum age for dolphin wade. Minimum age is 3 for dolphin / sea lion paint. Minimum age is 5 for all other programs.

A parent or appointed guardian is required to be a paying participant with any child age 7 and younger for all in-water programs (dolphin swim, dolphin wade, sea lion swim, ray swim, and shark swim).

Note: Young children may need to be held by an adult during participation due to their height and abilities.

Minors under 18 years of age:
Liability waiver and child care authorization form must be signed by a parent or appointed guardian prior to participation.


Participants must not:

  • have contact with any wild marine mammal within 48 hours of participation to avoid disease transmission to our animals. (this includes observers)
  • be pregnant if participating in the dolphin swim, dolphin wade, sea lion swim, ray swim, and shark swim.

Please inform the reservationist of any special requests, needs, and/or medical conditions so that we may prepare for your participation.

The marine animals live in natural ocean water not a chlorinated pool.

Dolphin swimmers and waders in the same party can request to do the programs in the same pool when making the reservation; this will be accommodated if possible.


Programs include admission to dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows, fish and reptile tour, bottomless boat ride, and lagoon- side beach. Allow 2.5 hours before or after your program to see the shows. The ticket counter is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.

Snorkel gear for swim programs is provided.

  • Fins are required.
  • Masks and snorkels are optional.
  • Life jackets can be worn if needed.
  • Wetsuits can be rented here if desired.

Changing rooms, outdoor showers, and lockers are available. Locks can be rented for a refundable deposit.

Soda machines and a snack bar/grill are on the grounds. Grill hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


  • Swimming attire
  • Towel
  • Environmentally friendly insect repellent and mineral based sunscreen (zinc or titanium dioxide)…if needed these are available in our gift shop.
  • Water shoes (These can be worn for the dolphin wade and instead of fins for parts of the sea lion, ray, and shark swim, but we do not provide them.


Reservations are accepted online, by phone, or in person (not by email) and are recommended in advance.

Park hours are daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

Payment is required to make a reservation.


Coupons are for general admission and observers only, not animal interaction programs.

Combined animal interaction programs for the same person receive 20% off the second program and 50% off the third.


Program cost is refundable only if the program is cancelled at least 7 days prior to the date of scheduled participation.

Participants must be here by check in time or the booking will be cancelled.

Programs are not cancelled due to cold or inclement weather. Participants must be here for trainers to determine cancellation or postponement due to lightning.

Refunds will NOT be issued for patrons who are too cold, scared of animals or the water, change their mind, or otherwise choose not to participate.

We reserve the right to cancel or amend program content and price without notice.


Located halfway between Miami and Key West.
From the north, take the Florida Turnpike south to the end where it runs directly into US 1 at Florida City. Drive south on US 1. You will see Mile Markers (MM), which are on the shoulder of the road. MM count down starting at 126 in Florida City to 0 in Key West. Theater of The Sea is located at MM 84.5 ocean side, about 2 hours north of Key West and 1 hour south of Florida City. Parking is free.