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Gulf Specimen Marine Lab

222 Clark Drive, Panacea, FL 32346
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Panacea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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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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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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
18 helpful votes 18 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
11 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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Germantown, TN
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

BUCKET LIST! Put it on there. Jimmy Buffet supports the facility. This aquarium and lab is just a one of a kind place to visit. If you are looking for a Seaworld, where you can zombie-watch with no education or interaction, go there. If you are loving to learn and touch and become mini-marine biologists, come here. They have extensive... More

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Grand Blanc, Michigan
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Twice now I have visited this Aquarium and both times I was very impressed by the overall aquarium, but especially the many touch tanks. I taught high school oceanography for 30 years and have visited most of the big aquariums in the USA. The touch tanks at Gulf Specimen Public Aquarium are the VERY BEST I've seen. Panacea is less... More

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Sawyer, Michigan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We had mixed feelings about this place. The tanks of sea life were absorbing and we spoke with a young student who worked with the octopi and was fun and very informative. Our reaction was that it could be much more enjoyable. The woman in the reception area verged on rude. Some of the audio-info buttons in the first building... More

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81 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

we've been in a few aquarium etc in the past but this one is much more hands on and it was also informative. The best thing for me was the octopus, we watched them for ages, moving about and changing colour which I'd certainly never seen before, though I knew they did it. I'm sure kids would really enjoy a... More

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