Dolphin Kids

$95 USD-30%

$67 USD

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Dolphin Kids

  • 20 Minutes

  • Children

  • Min 4 years old

  • Easy

  • Small Groups

Kids ages 4-9 can experience the magic of swimming and play with dolphins on this once-in-a-lifetime 20-minute Dolphin Kids experience.

This adventure begins at our world-renowned Dolphin Center where our Marine Mammal Specialists will give the children a short educational speech about marine mammals and conservation.

After the short class, you’ll be close by as your kids (outfitted with lifejackets) enter our specially designed shallow water pool and are greeted by our friendly Pacific Bottlenose dolphins.

During the encounter, you’ll have a great time watching your kids pet, hug, and play with our dolphins under the watchful eyes of our trainers.

This is a great hands-on learning experience that’s designed especially for younger children to have fun and learn more about dolphins and will most definitely be the highlight of their time in Puerto Vallarta!

A Truly Kid-Friendly Dolphin Encounter

You’ll be close by as your children (wearing life jackets, of course) enter our specially designed shallow water pool with our trainers and are greeted by the smiling faces and unique vocalizations of members of our family of highly-trained Pacific Bottlenose dolphins.

All of our marine mammal encounter programs, including Dolphin Kids, have a remarkable and well-established safety record, so you can sit back in the observation area, relax and enjoy watching your kids giggle and splash around with their new flippered friends.

Make Lasting Memories

Children in the Dolphin Kids encounter will do more than meet a dolphin! They will pet and hug the dolphins, check out their fascinating anatomy firsthand, shake a fin and even get a wet dolphin kiss. Our goal is to give kids who love dolphins the chance to be closer to these amazing animals than they ever dreamed - and the opportunity to do it all independently.

Having this kind of experience with a group of other kids and our trainers (instead of with their parents) makes many young children feel extra grown up and special.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservationists

When children swim with dolphins, they fall in love with these intelligent, curious creatures and are driven to protect them. Helping kids understand why marine research and conservation is important isn’t always easy! But when kids have a chance to meet and communicate with a dolphin, they feel a stronger personal connection to the oceans and marine life.

Kids who swim with dolphins naturally want to do their part to keep our oceans clean and healthy. After their Dolphin Kids encounter, your child may even decide they want to become a marine biologist!

We Take Our Dolphins’ Wellbeing Seriously

Our dolphins receive top-notch healthcare and a diet that is closely monitored by experts to ensure that they are as healthy and as happy as they can be in our care. For more information about why we take dolphin welfare so seriously, please read through our Corporate Responsibility page.

The American Humane Association has granted Dolphin Adventure the Humane Conservation certification, which recognizes the high standards we follow in the care of our dolphins and sea lions.

What's included in this experience

  • Lockers
  • Life Jackets

What do you need to know before you book

  • This program is for children between 4 and 9 years old.
  • Parents are welcome to watch their kids from the Observation area.
  • For the well-being of the dolphins, access with jewelry, accessories, or sunscreen is not allowed.
  • Access with cameras or cell phones is not permitted. We offer professional photos for purchase after the experience.
  • Please note that you must be at the check-in point 30 minutes before your activity.

What to bring

  • Sun protective clothing
  • Swimsuit
  • Money for souvenirs and photos
  • Towel


Do I need to reserve in advance?
YES! Spaces are limited and fill quickly. In order to ensure your tour date/time we recommend booking in advance.
May I bring a camera or video camera to take pictures?
Cameras are only allowed in the observation areas they are not allowed in the lagoons. However we offer professional photos that are available for purchase after your experience.
Can I wear sunscreen (SPF)?
The oils and residues from sunscreen (even biodegradable ones) are harmful to many marine species including Dolphins. Please use sun-protective clothing so you take care of your skin and marine life at the same time.
Can I wear jewelry?
Although we provide areas to secure your personal belongings we recommend you leave all jewelry and small items in your hotel.
Why do you limit the number of sessions for people to interact with the animals?
Our animals’ health and welfare are of the utmost importance so we limit each session. These incredible animals spend less than two hours each day interacting with the public. The rest of the day is allocated to their private valuable training time as well as for play and social interaction.
How safe are Interactive Programs?
Our programs have a remarkable and well-established safety record. The health and safety records of these kinds of programs have been continuously studied for over 20 years each time reaffirming their impeccable records.
Can I make an animal sick if I participate in a swim program?
No you cannot. Since the beginning of in-water marine mammal interactive programs in 1985 there have not been any instances of disease transmission between humans and these animals reported at any facility.
Can special needs visitors participate in your dolphin programs?
Before making a reservation please talk to one of our Adventure Advisors so they can better inform you.
How do you care for your animals?
At our centers we follow a program for preventative health care including daily health assessments regular voluntary veterinary examinations and dietary needs assessments. We continually provide an exceptionally clean and stimulating environment for them to live and thrive in while providing a safe and stable setting for their social community (pods) and family to reproduce and grow. For more information please refer to our Corporate Responsibility page.

Location Details

Vallarta Adventures
Vallarta Adventures' Center, Av. Las Palmas #39 Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit; ZC 63732, Mexico