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Gulf World Marine Park

15412 Front Beach Rd., Panama City Beach, FL 32413
850 234 5271
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums, Gardens
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Our daily shows featuring Dolphins, Sea Lions, Reptiles, Tropical Birds and other furry animals will amaze you. Pay one price and see all the shows... more » Owner description: Our daily shows featuring Dolphins, Sea Lions, Reptiles, Tropical Birds and other furry animals will amaze you. Pay one price and see all the shows and explore our indoor and outdoor tropical gardens showcasing penguins, sea turtles, alligators and flamingos. Our stingray petting pool is always a popular activity during your visit. Parking is free and we are open rain or shine.We offer many ways for you to get up close and personal with our animals. You can make a reservation for any of our interactive programs. Our Swim with a Dolphin program is a great opportunity to enter our million-gallon dolphin habitat and get eye to eye with these fantastic animals. The Trainer for a Day program is an all day program behind the scenes working with our trainers caring for our animals. Our Day Camps are filled with fun activities learning about different animals. Our Sea Lion & Dolphin Meet-N-Greet programs allow you to interact with our animals and trainers during training sessions. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Liberty, Missouri, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Dolphin/sea lion show was by far the highlight. The shark channel and huge sea turtles were awesome. A good experience overall.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

My granddaughter longed to swim with a dolphin and this place provided a wonderful experience. She learned so much about the dolphin she swam with and has not stopped talking about how much fun she had and all that she learned. It may be expensive but, well worth the money!

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Covington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We really had a great time at Gulf World. The shows were a lot of fun. Our daughter got called up to help with the reptile show. Even though the place is small compared to SeaWorld, you get much closer to the animals and the staff is much friendlier. We had the opportunity to have a Dolphin encounter. You can... More

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Richmond
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Wasn't sure want to expect from such a small venue, but we were not disappointed from the time we walked in till we had to leave. The sea lion and dolphin show was excellent, as were the other shows.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I wasn't going to go to Gulf World after all the recent negative stuff surrounding aquariums like this but researched a little and discovered that they actually do a lot of rehabilitation for marine life and most of their permanent residents cannot survive in the wild due to accidents/injuries/etc. The shows were great (sea lion and dolphin), as were the... More

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

No small reef tanks hear just large displays. Great shows. Nice parrot display. Really enjoyed the reptile show the speaker was entertaining.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

I took my three daughters to the dolphin swim and they were absolutely thrilled! They not only had a great experience, but also received a wealth of information surrounding the reason the dolphins are there, what the differences are between the dolphins, and other interesting facts! We also thoroughly enjoyed the giant sea turtles, penguins, and sea otters! Very educational,... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It has been at least 8 years since I had been. Disappointed in the furry friends/tropical bird show. It had been so entertaining. In the past with the beautiful tropical birds, now it is primarily a dog and cat show. What does that have to do with marine life? The slap stick dog catcher was dull seemed like something from... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Totally enjoyed our day. We did the sea lion meet and greet...my 10 year old loved it. She was the only one who signed up for it so she had Otto all to herself. Very clean park. My teenagers were sad they opted for the gocart riding that day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Amazing place!!! We spent day with the family at park and loved it so much ..... My daughter went to their dolphin day camp a few days later and loved it!!!! I thought it was a more family friendly park and a lot more personable 💜

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