Last updated: May 16, 2023
The waters of Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve in Jacksonville, Florida provide critical habitat for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Although the area hosts dolphins year-round, rangers recommend planning your excursion for the summer months. During the summer, the St. Johns River experiences a large influx of dolphins. Summer is also the peak mating and birthing season. Dolphins are best observed in the park by kayak and from a distance. Never get in the water to swim with dolphins, these majestic creatures are powerful and unpredictable.
You can launch your own kayak from Cedar Point boat ramp or rent a kayak. The best time of day to observe dolphins is when the water is calmer. We recommend early morning weekday trips.
Be sure to have the camera ready (and water-proof) for when dolphins come up to the surface!
Report Injured or Stranded Marine Animals – FWCC Hotline 1-888-404-FWCC (3922)
Bethesda Park - 10790 Key Haven Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32218,
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park - 500 Wonderwood Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32233 and
Southbank Riverwalk - 1001 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207
The Hanna Park launch is the nearest to Timucuan Preserve.