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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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Not right on the main drag....but don't miss it!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Nashville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 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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Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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129 reviews 129 reviews
40 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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Montpelier, Vermont
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56 reviews 56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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143 reviews 143 reviews
12 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
9 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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