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Gulf Specimen Marine Lab

Address: 222 Clark Drive, Panacea, FL 32346
Phone Number: 850-984-5297
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Panacea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Come see and touch Marine life for fun and education. Everything from sponges and algae to...
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Come see and touch Marine life for fun and education. Everything from sponges and algae to seahorses, sharks, and turtles!
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Montpelier, Vermont
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This was a completely surprise discovery when we decided to stop in Panacea, Florida. It is dedicated to, among other things, preservation of turtles and other sea creatures. The environment, our ecology, care for the world around us is at the heart of this place and its staff. You can see some amazing specimens here -- large leatherback turtle, sharks,... More 

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Ellijay, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

A great place for kids and adults to see and touch some of the marine animals living near Panacea. They have and maintain tanks with fish, sea turtles, octopus, and many other creatures. Run by a staff that truly cares about the environment and ecology of the Gulf and Bay, they provide educational lectures and support visits by local school... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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11 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My family and I spent a wonderful three hours here. The woman at the front desk/gift shop was obviously busy with other things, but she was pleasant throughout, and stopped her own office work to make sure we had everything we needed. We began our walk through with the first "station", a video by the people who built this. I... More 

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SW GA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
9 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a working marine research facility and nice place for kids to begin to understand the sea. Te touch tanks are definitely worth the price of admission. They have all kinds of sea urchins, crabs and star fish to touch. Plus the observation tanks have lobsters, fish, blue crabs, sharks etc. This is a nice facility run by a... More 

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st Petersburg
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

First of all ... Sorry to say ... This lady working there absolutely hates being there ... I can tell by her attitude and service. Then $10 per person is a complete rip off of note. I was surprised to see how some big fish are trapped in wayyy too small tanks. Lot of empty tanks. And so I can... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Smells bad, no air conditioning, awful facilities, gross bathroom, overpriced and all the animals are being sold to be dissected for research.

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Smiths Station
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a great experience for the whole family, even the teenagers! We visited in the morning during the week and it wasn't busy at all. Although it looks small from the outside (you're actually seeing the gift shop and office), this aquarium contains a lot to see ( and TOUCH!). Some of the more unusual sea life (brittle stars,... More 

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Derby, Kansas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We visited while staying at St. George Island, it was well worth the time. It's not a huge place or Sea World so if that's what your excepting you will be disappointed. There are many exhibits such as stingrays, sharks, horse shoe crabs, many fish and our favorite the sea turtle. It was great to see these animals up close.... More 

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Wakulla Springs, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Hokey presentation & presentation is important in all aspects of life. The children can touch some sea creatures for a memorable experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

This place is an export place to go for a day trip with a bunch of kids on a school field trip. Always the most interesting the animals review up close and personal and some of them you even get the touch. Don't miss it..

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