Like cheerleaders, dolphins are best known for their chirping vocalizations, lively acrobatics, and ability to kill sharks. Encounter these fan favorites with today's Groupon to Florida Dolphin Tours. Tours depart from the Quality Inn on International Drive on Wednesdays at 6:55 a.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $219, you get a one-night stay at the Catalina Hotel in South Beach with airboat rides, dolphin viewing, admission to Dolphins Plus, and transportation from Orlando for two (up to a $398 value).
- For $219, you get a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn Key Largo Resort & Marina in Key Largo with airboat rides, dolphin viewing, admission to Dolphins Plus, and transportation from Orlando for two (up to a $398 value).
Florida Dolphin Tours’ two-day South Beach getaways hurtle tour groups into the wonders of the sea and swamp with an overnight stay in South Beach’s Art Deco district. Sightseers can hop aboard an airboat to zoom through the Everglades, spinning and splashing near native alligators. Next, reptile handlers discuss the traits, tendencies, and common chess strategies of snakes and alligators before providing steely-stomached visitors with an opportunity to handle the scaly creatures. First-day tours conclude at Miami’s Bayside Marketplace, where a cavalcade of designer shops and upscale restaurants provide a posh way to while away the evening. On their second day, ocean-ophiles can explore a 15-foot ocean-water lagoon, learning about dolphins and watching them glide through the water, or upgrade to swim with the wizened mammals ($150/person; must upgrade when making reservation) and learn the location of their secret underwater candy caches. Both options include non-participating spectator admission and transportation to Dolphins Plus in Key Largo for further marine mammal viewing.
For Key Largo getaways, adventurers begin their expedition by the watery depths of the dolphin lagoon and traverse the Everglades, reptile show, and Miami shopping center on day two. Between wildlife wanderings, explorers can recharge emotional batteries during an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Key Largo Resort and Marina.