**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions are used (both good and bad), they are solely my own & they may vary from others. I received a tour and will be receiving four tickets for promotional purposes which has been provided by Dolphinaris Arizona & USFamilyGuide for the review free of charge.**
Seeing as how I live in the middle of a state that is primarily desert you wouldn't think we would have the chance to see a Dolphin unless we traveled to the sea or to Seaworld but you'd be wrong! Dolphinaris Arizona not only offers a chance for you to see dolphins but they give you the opportunity to interact with the dolphins through one of their programs. I received a wonderful chance to bring my kids to go on a tour of the facility to check everything out and learn more about their facility.
During our tour we were able to learn about the start of Dolphinaris and where they received their dolphins from while we were standing near the pools watching the dolphins swim. We were able to view where they store the toys and food they feed the dolphins, each dolphin eats 25lbs of fish per day that is customized to their specific diets and they get daily enrichment to help keep them healthy and active. The fish is gone through each morning by hand to check for imperfections in the fish, if there are any imperfections the fish gets tossed out because they only feed the dolphins the best of the best. There is an on site vet that checks them out daily to make sure they are in top health!
They have four different pool areas for the dolphins which can be sectioned off by gates, three of the pools are outdoors and one is in doors which allows them a place to go during dust storms and when it is nasty out. Each of the out door sections has a different purpose for the different experiences they offer which range from standing next to the pool and being able to touch the dolphins to getting completely in the pool but I will go more into that on my next review of this facility.
As an added bonus for those looking for more to do during their trip to Dolphinaris can purchase an upgraded experience which includes admission into the Beach club area. The beach club is a section where they have a heated pool directly next to one of the pools so you can see the dolphins swimming and they can see you as well through the glass. If you don't want in the pool then there are two hot tubs, multiple seating areas and a bar/grill you can visit plus they have lockers and showers for you to use while there.
During this visit we were not able to touch or interact with the dolphins, the purpose of this trip was just to take a bit of a behind the scenes look which was a great learning trip for the kids. We will be coming back at a later date to interact with the dolphins and I will do into further detail on all of the experiences they offer.
Want to give your child a summer to remember? Head over to the Dolphinaris website to check out the summer camps they are offering which even includes a T-shirt that has been custom painted by one of the dolphins.
Before we left the tour we were present with a dolphin show! You can see a short clip Here on my Instagram or view a longer video Here on my Youtube page.