How to Swim With the Dolphins and Manatees in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

by Jeffery Keilholtz
Create a photo album of dolphin swimming pictures.

Create a photo album of dolphin swimming pictures.

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Swimming with the dolphins and manatees in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, will add an unforgettable memory to your trip. Ft. Lauderdale is well known for its coastal setting and elaborate system of canals and waterways. Arrange a dolphin or manatee swimming event for the whole family. Give yourself a full day to enjoy the event that family and friends will discuss for years to come.

Items you will need

  • Tour guide brochures
Step 1

Make arrangements with your hotel concierge. Ask the concierge to find an arrangement that is suitable to your schedule and budget. The Ft. Lauderdale Bahia Mar Hotel and Beach Resort, for example, offers dolphin swimming tour arrangements through the concierge service. The duty of the concierge is to serve your needs while staying with the hotel. Concierge desks are filled with tour brochures, contact lists and electronic research data to help you locate all dolphin and manatee swimming opportunities.

Step 2

Schedule a trip with a professional service. Contact Dolphin World, for instance -- a water adventures tour company serving the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami area. Dolphin World provides door-to-door service, snack and beverage provisions and a complimentary gift for all participants. Prearrange your swimming trip before reaching Ft. Lauderdale by contacting Dolphin World at 800-667-5524 or

Step 3

Take a day trip to Crystal City. Contact River World, a business specializing in swim-with-manatees tours. River World offers a three-hour swim for families in a 72-degree Farenheit heated tank. The tank is heated 12 months of the year, offering swimming opportunities from January to December. Prearrange your trip north to Crystal City with River World administrators at 877-581-8401 or

Step 4

Contact the Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce (COC). Speak with a COC administrator and ask for a list of Ft. Lauderdale businesses offering dolphin and manatee swimming services. The COC is designed to facilitate networking and business contact information between business owners and the public. Reach the Ft. Lauderdale COC at 512 NE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 or 954-462-6000.

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