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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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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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129 reviews 129 reviews
11 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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Tallahassee, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Expensive, very over priced. Students should be free. No ID on most of the tanks "Information map" which one has to ask for, impossible to follow. Hot, dirty . Less than gracious, self absorbed clerk at admission/gift shop.

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SW GA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
9 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
2 reviews
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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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
24 helpful votes 24 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
11 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
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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Statham, Georgia
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I have been taking college classes to GSML for years because it really helps people who are unfamiliar with the animals commonly found in shallow waters in this area become comfortable with swimming in the ocean. The touch tanks are great for small children who really want to put their hands in and touch everything. The sea turtles being rehabilitated... More 

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