Swim With Dolphins With the Best Florida Holiday Deals

by Pool Builders on 05-08-2011 in Articles

There's a reason why Florida is known as the Sunshine State, and with its warm climate, clear blue water and white sandy beaches, it's also one of the best places in the world to go swimming with dolphins. With a huge choice of destinations offering this special experience, there are a number of holiday deals available to suit any holidaymaker.

Florida is famous for its wealth of dolphin residents, and there's a wide choice on offer to enjoy a dolphin encounter, whether it's in an integrated facility or a meeting with these marine mammals in the wild.

Discovery Cove in Orlando is an all-inclusive resort and one of Florida's leading destinations, and its Dolphin Swim Day Resort Package offers complete dolphin interaction experiences where visitors can touch and swim with these animals. The resort also boasts a free-flight aviary, a tropical reef for snorkelling, a freshwater bay and a 'Wind-away River', with breakfast and snacks included and special packages with other resorts also available.

Located in Biscayne Bay, the popular Miami Seaquarium marine park is the home of the Dolphin Harbor, offering special interaction and educational programmes for its visitors: the Dolphin Odyssey, where participants can get up close to the dolphin and even get a ride across the pool, and the shallow water Dolphin Encounter for those who prefer not to swim but are still able to connect with these wonderful creatures. Shows featuring the dolphins, sea lions, a killer whale and crocodiles, as well as other marine life, are some of the events also provided.

Labelled 'the world's first oceanarium', Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St Augustine has a range of different programmes for its visitors. 'The Quest' provides an intimate experience with groups of just two people, while its most popular option is 'The Immersion', a shallow or deep-water encounter with its marine residents.

With a focus on research and learning, the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key is just one of Florida's research facilities dedicated to these animals. With a more educational approach, the not-for-profit centre offers narrated sessions and educational presentations about dolphins and sea lions throughout the day, with a number of interactive programmes also available, including being trainer or researcher for the day, shallow and deep-water dolphin encounters and the chance to get a t-shirt painted by one of the centre's family of dolphins. The newly opened Sprayground also provides a fun experience for the whole family.

Most resorts offer individual dolphin interactions, but because this activity remains so popular, visitors are always advised to book in advance.

Ideal forlast minute holidays, swimming with wild dolphins requires no prior reservation, and there's no better place to do it than in Key West. A hotspot for dolphins, an area in Key West has even been dubbed the 'dolphin playground', due to the hundreds of wild dolphins that inhabit these waters. A number of small companies offer the chance to watch these creatures in their natural habitat, and whilst encounters are usually guaranteed, strict regulations are in place to cause minimal impact on the wildlife. Wild About Dolphins is one of these companies, with up to six passengers able to board the company's boat 'Amazing Grace' during a four-hour trip (which includes a visit to the playground and a second stop for snorkelling).

Package holidays are a great option to best take advantage of Florida's privileged position, and with so much on offer, there's certainly no better place to swim with these wonderful creatures.

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