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Gulf World Marine Park

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Address: 15412 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Phone Number: 850 234 5271
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Description: Our daily shows featuring Dolphins, Sea Lions, Reptiles, Tropical Birds...
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.
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We had a great time!!!!!

We loved this attraction. The facility was big enough to spend multiple hours but not so big that it wore us out. I am a host home provider for the state of GA and my individuals... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Blythe, Georgia
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Blythe, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We loved this attraction. The facility was big enough to spend multiple hours but not so big that it wore us out. I am a host home provider for the state of GA and my individuals loved the shows and interaction with the animals. My 4 yr old was very happy with all the attractions. We got soaked at the... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This is a good little marine park. They do a great show with the sea lions and dolphins. Everything is timed just right so you can see one show and have time to view the animals before heading to the next show without feeling rushed. Highly recommend for young kids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Its exterior storefront is deceiving! It has large venues for their shows ranging from Dolphins, to sea lions to birds. The park is clean with lots of hands on and shows to keep you busy. My 7 year old loved it!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We went here with our 1 year old and although she enjoyed looking at some of the birds, etc., it seems to be better if your children are a little older. They have a dolphin experience you can purchase for an additional charge and I think a sting ray experience too.

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Eastpoint, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Our family of four visited the park for about four hours (which is what they recommend to be able to see and do everything). We had a great time! Went on a Wednesday and was not too crowded. The staff is very friendly. All of the animals are within very close distance. The food is decent chicken, burgers, etc. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

It is a small park with typical shows--wish the animal facilities were larger has a nice variety for size

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The kids and I were in Pensacola, Fl and have always wanted to swim with a dolphin. We found that the closest program was two hours away at Gulf World in Panama City, Fl. Not knowing when we may get this opportunity again off we went on our mini road trip, This is a small aquatic park with several interactive... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

In life we all have desires and wants that as a loving husband wants to help his wife achieve. This is one of those things. My wife had always talked about wanting to swim with dolphins. Well this place allows you to swim with the dolphins! I was quite amazed as to how clean and friendly the staff was. My... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Very small but nice park. My 6 year old daughter who loves marine life has been wanting to go here and swim with dolphins for a year. She knows all types of whales/dolphins including their scientific names and populations and was very excited that they have rough-toothed dolphins. The park was extremely crowded until about 1pm with lots of field... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The park is clean, safe for kids if you want to drop them off for a time, and it has interesting shows and exhibits. It's not SeaWorld, there is no Killer Whale, but other animals so good shows.

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