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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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9:00 am - 5:00 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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Small, but Special

We are from Pennsylvania and were visiting family in Tallahassee and decided to check this place out one day. When we first arrived, we did notice it's small size and questioned... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We are from Pennsylvania and were visiting family in Tallahassee and decided to check this place out one day. When we first arrived, we did notice it's small size and questioned the slightly expensive price-we wondered if it would be worth it. I read a few of the other recent reviews and I would agree that it was hot without... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a really cool aquarium, so many things to touch. I had a blast!!!! Will definitely be recommending to my guests

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High Springs, Florida
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The kids had fun here! Lots of tanks- some just for looking such as the couple nurse sharks, sea turtle, and others but lots of "touch tanks" to explore. They had some unusual sea animals to hold, very cool. Tanks are outdoors under roofs, no A/C so very hot in summer. Facility has small,dirty bathroom. Nice gift shop. We visited... More 

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Minonk, Illinois
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Spent about 3 hours here one day. My grandchildren loved it. Ages 4, 5 and 6. A lot of the exhibits are hands on. Once they warmed up to the idea, they loved picking up the starfish and crabs. We got to watch a nurse shark being fed which was very interesting. Definitely worth the stop.

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Cordele, Georgia, United States
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

It felt like someone had charged us to see their personal aquariums. Poorly kept aquariums at that. I saw nothing really spectacular. Many of the tanks were dirty. The ones you could put your hands in were uninviting, like you might catch a bacterial infection. More labels are needed. The lady at the front desk was quite rude. I realize... More 

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Valdosta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I took my 5 grandchildren and their moms to the Lab. Age from 14 months to 5 years. They all enjoyed it in their own way. Tanks to touch and not touch were clearly marked. We followed a tour group and were able to watch the sharks feed as well as the crabs. Sea stars were just lovely and the... More 

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Huntingburg, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Loved this aquarium! Cheap admission prices and they have touch tanks where you can actually touch many different kinds of marine life from the Gulf of Mexico. This was perfect for my seven year old! They had a couple small sharks as well, but the touch tanks made the trip for us. For a small mom and pop place, this... More 

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Pontiac, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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Additional Information about Gulf Specimen Marine Lab

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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