Enhance your visit to our facility headquarters by booking one of our "Behind-The-Scenes" tours. Guided by one of our passionate caregivers, our informational tours are designed to provide a front-row-seat to our mission in action and a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities required to fulfill our mission of marine mammal conservation.
Each tour includes general admission for the day to DPMMR and provides important financial support to our non-profit organization.
Nothing quite compares to the feeling of rescuing a sick or injured dolphin, but it's a feeling our marine mammal responders live for. Now - thanks to our Backlot Rescue Tour - you too can experience the excitement and joy of responding to a "stranded" dolphin.
Your tour guide will take you behind the scenes of what a working rehabilitation hospital is like, showcasing the many different elements of our stranding program. During this 45-minute walking experience, you'll visit an animal necrospy lab to learn about the research we conduct when an animal strands, tour our marine mammal ambulance, and see the facilities required to provide long-term rehabilitation to sick and/or injured whales & dolphins. During your experience, you'll learn first-hand what to do if you ever encounter a marine mammal that needs help as you work with your tour guide to "rescue" a model dolphin calf.
To culminate this exhilarating experience, you'll see our resident bottlenose dolphins up close and learn about how your participation in the tour is helping us rescue real whales & dolphins in need.
Join one of our dedicated Animal Care Specialists for a behind-the-scenes look at our Animal Care facilities. During this 30-minute walking tour, you'll visit our diet preparation area, veterinary lab, dolphin "toy-box", and more as your guide shares with you how we care for our resident animals. You'll have the opportunity to see and touch the fish that we feed the dolphins, to learn how we teach the animals to participate in their own healthcare, to choose what enrichment opportunities we offer the dolphins for the day, and of course observe the resident animals. Before the end of your tour, you will learn how we care for our dolphins and have the opportunity to ask your guide about any other questions you may have. If you've ever wondered how we care for our dolphins or are just looking for a fun way to support animal welfare, this tour is a great option while visiting DPMMR.