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Panama City Beach: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

1. Panama City Beach: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Admire the sunset as you cruise around the Gulf of Mexico aboard a catamaran. Unwind with a drink as you marvel as the blue sky transforms into a spectacular light show. Check in with plenty of time, then take a 5-7 minute walk down to the dock where you will board "Footloose," your catamaran for the evening. Set sail to explore the Gulf of Mexico and admire some of the best sites Panama City Beach has to offer with the sea breeze in your hair. Listen to tropical music as you sail and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, Sangria, cold beer, or a non-alcoholic drink. You can buy additional drinks and snacks at the fully stocked onboard bar, which takes cash or credit cards. Keep a sharp lookout for dolphins as these majestic creatures are often more active in the late afternoon. Enjoy the company of family and friends as you admire the western horizon turn every color imaginable in a breathtaking show.

St. Augustine: Swimming with the Dolphins

2. St. Augustine: Swimming with the Dolphins

Enjoy getting to interact dolphins with this attraction at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine. Experience dolphin behaviors like the hand target, hand shake, and ride on the dolphin's belly. Meet these fascinating sea creatures and get to bond with them in a unique way. hold onto their pectoral flippers and swim with them on their belly. Play with the dolphins with this fun and safe experience for the whole family.

Shell Island: Water Park and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

3. Shell Island: Water Park and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Embark on a boat trip from Panama City Beach to Shell Island, including a complimentary drink and a variety of water activities to make your day memorable. Have fun at the inflatable water park or try out kayaking or snorkeling. End your day sailing into the Gulf of Mexico for dolphin sightseeing.  Your day begins with a scenic trip through Grand Lagoon and over to Shell Island. Once at Shell Island, enjoy an inflatable water park, paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling. Have a go on trampolines, a water see-saw called the “rockit,” and other inflatables. If you’re looking for something a little more slow-paced, explore the waters on a kayak, take a paddleboard ride, or give snorkeling a try. Get plenty of time to take in all of the natural beauty that Shell Island has to offer. If just hanging out is your plan, relax and listen to music on the boat or in one of the two sunning nets located at the front of the boat while you sip on a refreshing beverage. All activities and inflatables are all-inclusive with unlimited use during your trip. The last portion of the trip will be spent sightseeing and dolphin watching before making a round-trip return to Panama City Beach.

St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Encounter

4. St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Encounter

Take part in an educational and fun experience perfect for all ages at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine with this admission ticket to the Dolphin Encounter program. Meet these fantastic animals as you interact with them in shallow waters. Gear up in a life jacket and step onto an underwater platform. Thanks to the platform, you don’t have to worry if you’re not a swimmer. Perform several hands-on activities with these intelligent creatures, including the hand target activity in which the dolphin will come up to touch your hand with its rostrum.

Panama City Beach: Dolphin Watching Trip by Catamaran

5. Panama City Beach: Dolphin Watching Trip by Catamaran

Head out to sea to meet the resident Panama City Beach dolphins. Enjoy informative commentary from your captain and crew, and sip a complimentary drink as you go. Board the “Footloose” Catamaran and head out into shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico near Shell Island. Partake in a beer, wine, or soft drink as you head out from the dock. Watch the dolphins as they swim, play, and feed in their natural habitat. Learn all about these beautiful creatures with informative commentary from your captain and crew. Take advantage of an onboard bar during your trip. Keep your eyes out for encounters with the bottlenose dolphins as you voyage through the turquoise waters.

Panama City Beach: Snorkeling Trip by Boat

6. Panama City Beach: Snorkeling Trip by Boat

Enjoy a snorkeling trip by boat as you look out for dolphins and other sea creatures. Treat yourself to a complimentary drink on board as you cruise through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Depart into Historic Grand Lagoon for a 15-minute relaxing cruise out to the Shell Island snorkeling area. Along the way, keep your eyes out for sea animals in their natural habitat. Take in the views as the vessel drops anchor. Plunge into the waters to snorkel for seashells and to catch a glimpse of the underwater world. As well as snorkeling, treat yourself to time to relax, float, and take in the sun. Sip on a complimentary drink on board. Wade through the shallow water onto Shell Island to hunt for more shells. Before returning home, the boat will ride out further into the Gulf of Mexico to search for more dolphins and sight-see along the way.

St. Pete Beach: Dolphin Racer Cruise by Speedboat

7. St. Pete Beach: Dolphin Racer Cruise by Speedboat

Enjoy a high-speed boat ride as you traverse the scenic waterways of the Gulf Beaches. Take in views of the coastline and wildlife, and enjoy commentary from your captain as you search for dolphins. Depart from St. Pete Beach and cruise on a speedboat. Your captain and dolphin expert will narrate your cruise, allowing you to understand more about these fascinating animals. Look out for the bottlenose dolphins that live in the area. Delight as the dolphins jump around the boat as you travel. Immerse yourself in the unique and thrilling experience of racing for dolphins as you speed along the coast and beaches.

Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

8. Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

Climb aboard the Sunset One dolphin boat, sit back and listen to your tour guide explain where you are and where you are heading. Get ready to watch dolphins frolic in their natural playground.  Marvel as the dolphin swim closer to the boat so you can get a better view. Head out to the small islands within the boundaries of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Soak in this beautiful little chain of islands and jump into the gorgeous reef, perfect for snorkeling.  See fish up close and maybe some turtles. Climb back aboard and settle yourself in for the ride back to the dock with an ice cold draft beer. Watch the beautiful panoramic sunset over the crystal clear turquoise waters.

Florida Keys: Dockside Dolphin Experience

9. Florida Keys: Dockside Dolphin Experience

Feed, play and interact with real-life dolphins. This program is perfect for families with young children that don’t mind getting splashed but aren’t ready to be in the water with these friendly faces. The dolphins will be ready to greet you dockside. Prior to meeting the beloved mammals, you’ll get a brief educational session on the world of dolphins, conservation, and a mini demonstration on proper hand placements for each kind of dolphin behavior. Next, feed and play with dolphins from the dry training docks. Guests will also get the opportunity to have some fun playtime interaction, which can be semi-customized to better enhance each guest or group. You’ll even have your own talented photographers capturing your experience throughout the program.

Key West: 4-Hour Private Sandbar Cruise on a Tiki Bar Boat

10. Key West: 4-Hour Private Sandbar Cruise on a Tiki Bar Boat

Explore the turquoise waters of Key West and the Florida Keys on a sandbar cruise on a floating tiki bar boat for a fun and private day out on the water with friends and family. Bring your own food and drinks and party like a local. Escape the crowds and explore the gorgeous waters of the Florida Keys as you make your way to the pristine sandbars that lie offshore. There’s a good chance you'll spot rays, turtles, fish, and even dolphins. For an unforgettable day out, bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, snacks, and drinks (alcohol welcomed). Enjoy a floating mat, foam noodles, and a Bluetooth stereo for even more fun.

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What people are saying about Florida

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Allie and Anna were very knowledgeable. They gave us many interesting facts about the dolphins while we watched them. The tour was also environmental conscientious and told us to not touch anything while snorkeling, especially the coral. There were only 10 of us signed up (9am trip) so it made for an intimate setting versus being crowded. My group greatly enjoyed it! Highly recommend.

We enjoyed the entire experience! We were able to see several dolphins and a couple of youngsters. Staff was super friendly and informative regarding the dolphins. First time snorkeling, the instruction was thorough and I was able to stick out the learning curve and see stingrays, several schools of fish around coral and some various forms of coral. Beautiful day!

It was our first time but really that was amazing and my wife realize one of her dreams...it was to see and touch a sea mammal...just beautiful.

We had the best crew! Very nice and informative. We loved our time on the boat!

Very nice park, great animal shows. We had an eventful day.