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Dolphin Watching In Southwest Florida: A Family Favorite!

10:20 AM, Aug 28, 2018

Local parents and families visiting Southwest Florida agree that dolphin watching is one of their favorite activities. There is just something about these fun and playful marine mammals that make you fall in love with them.

Jill Jordan takes her children out on a dolphin tour aboard the Estero Bay Express II. As the boat heads out into the bay it’s not long before a pair of dolphins surface. The kids can’t contain their excitement; their eyes fill with wonder as happy screams fill the air.

Jill Jordan brought her two young children to see the dolphins. “I think it’s important for them to enjoy the outdoors” Jordan proclaims, glancing proudly at her youngest son, who has been bound to a wheelchair for most of his life. “It was great…we were able to access the boat, and we were able to see the dolphins too” she exclaims, obviously having been in many situations where the right accommodations were not in place for her child. “The staff was friendly, and they were able to find a lot of dolphins for us to see.”

Jill is also a lover of the environment, something that leaks into her profession as a biology teacher. “It’s important for them to get to experience wildlife” the mother of three explains, “It’s exciting for any kid to experience that first hand.”

Getting to see dolphins up-close and personal is a fantastic experience, and Southwest Florida is a great place to do it as the Gulf of Mexico is filled with pods of dolphins. The most common dolphins in the area are the bottlenose dolphins and the best time to see them is around sunset.

Thought taking a dolphin cruise is a great option there are other places where you can easily spot dolphins including the Fort Myers Beach Pier, the Naples Pier, Lighthouse Beach in Sanibel, Pine Island Sound and Blind Pass.