Dolphin Research Center
One of the most enjoyable activities on a visit to the Florida Keys is an up-close-and-personal encounter with dolphins, which abound in the area. At the Dolphin Research Center visitors can enjoy half-day education programmes, walking tours and a 'dolphin encounter', spending 20 minutes of structured swimming time with the resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The center is also home to some sea lions, a collection of exotic birds, an iguana, and a pack of rescued cats affectionately called the 'rat pack'. Many of the animals have been rescued and the center is committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of marine animals in Florida.