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Gulf Specimen Marine Lab

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Address: 222 Clark Drive, Panacea, FL 32346
Phone Number: 850-984-5297
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Come see and touch Marine life for fun and education. Everything from...
Come see and touch Marine life for fun and education. Everything from sponges and algae to seahorses, sharks, and turtles!
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Second trip just as fun

Our family visited this aquarium for a second time last week, and we were just as entertained as the first time. I don't want to give too many details because many of the things... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Pontiac, Illinois
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Pontiac, Illinois
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Our family visited this aquarium for a second time last week, and we were just as entertained as the first time. I don't want to give too many details because many of the things are fun surprises, but this first hand experience beats Shedd Aquarium any day! Worth the trip.

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Lake City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This was a great place to spend the afternoon. It's great for all ages!! We plan on coming back over and over. The trip to the dock was a fun time!

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Evansville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

My family and I visited in May 2015 - our 3 and 5 year old's really enjoyed the touching tanks and seeing the other marine wildlife. Only complaint is the admission seems a little high, but still worth the visit. One suggestion, make sure you take some bug spray for the outside exhibits.

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Norwich
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Nestled in the middle of nowhere is a fun filled hands-on aquarium. You cannot touch all of the fauna, but lots of it you can. Nothing fancy, but a real live working place! Fantastic for kids.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This was a real hidden gem just couple blocks off the main highway, it does'nt really look like much from the outside but it is a fascinating place to visit and our tour guide was super informative. Cool Hans on interaction with sea creatures, a must for kids.

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Indian River, Michigan, United States
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We love this place!!! Every year something new! Love the touch and feel tanks! Staff friendly. Cant wait to see what is new next year

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SeaTac, Washington
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Wonderful little place to take family, friends and who ever else you can drag in with you. Friendly, informative, and fascinating.

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Thomasville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

It's a wonderful little aquarium/lab doing great work on Florida's Gulf Coast. Go and support them financially.

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Panacea, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a very special place to visit! Don't go expecting your average tourist attraction, but do expect to enjoy a place that is overseen by staff who love the Gulf of Mexico, the surrounding bay and the critters therein. Jack, founder, author, scientist, and overseer, has a great love of nature and works to share the fascinating creatures that... More 

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Kalamazoo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Great place to go and see/touch a variety of sea critters. Crabs, Rays, lobsters, turtles, octopus...you name it. there are a variety of tanks to look at, some to touch, some not. Some of the signage lacks a bit of information, but it's certainly worth the visit for young and old. Great gift shop. Helpful staff.

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Additional Information about Gulf Specimen Marine Lab

Address: Address: 222 Clark Drive, Panacea, FL 32346
Phone Number: 850-984-5297
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Panhandle  >  Panacea
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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