Great Experience!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by surfninja on June 1, 2013

Marineland opened in 1938 (75 years ago) as Marineland Studios, There was basically an underwater reef, with lots of portholes through which one could shoot underwater footage, as underwater cameras had not yet been invented. It evolved into an aquarium attraction, featuring a large collection of dolphins, including a fun dolphin show, and assorted other underwater creatures. There was also an outdoor aviary with flamingos and (I believe) penguins. Now, Marineland has become Marineland Dolphin Adventure and is operated by the Georgia Aquarium. Apparently, Hurricane Charley and friends destroyed the old Marineland aquarium and dolphin stadium in 2004 (although no dolphins were lost), and a new facility has been built that houses, almost exclusively, dolphins. Admission is still only about $10.00, but for that price, you really can't do much but watch other people interact with dolphins. If you want to do that, right next to the Atlantic Ocean, then Marineland is the place for you. We opted for the Touch and Feed, which, at $29 per person, ages 3 and up, is the most affordable, and also the briefest of the dolphin experiences at 5 minutes long. It was definitely worth it, though. We enjoyed our up close experience with the dolphin and trainer, and it left a big impression on my son, who still calls the stuffed dolphin we got from the gift shop his ''brother''. And I will tell you they do not offer a similar such experience at SeaWorld at any price. We also took the Behind the Scenes Tour, which enabled us to see the non-dolphin species in Marineland's collection and also helped us learn the history of Marineland. At $17 for Adults, and $8 for children 3-12, we felt like it was worthwhile as well.
9600 Oceanshore Blvd.
St. Augustine, Florida, 32080
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