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“Awesome experience, but I can't help feeling like I've seen it before”

Gulf World Marine Park
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$31.18*
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Gulf World Marine Park General Admission
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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 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. Feed the stingrays at our new Stingray Bay attraction! 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 or Dolphin Meet-N-Greet programs allow you to interact with our animals and trainers during training sessions.
Houston, Texas
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“Awesome experience, but I can't help feeling like I've seen it before”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

If you and your family have never visited a marine-amusement park before, then this is a FANTASTIC opportunity to do so. The overall size of the place is a little small compared to bigger name parks, but the amount of time to be spent here is in the plenty. Sting Rays, turtles, birds, penguins, alligators, trained dolphins, trained seals, trained birds, trained dogs even are all here to be seen in either shows or for viewing. If you've ever visited a Seaworld park (they may be limited to my home state if TX, not sure), this will feel like a smaller, condensed version of that. Basically, you'll feel like you have seen the shows before. However, that isn't to knock the fact that this is an awesome place to visit!

Visited June 2013
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“Average”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Not worth it for $40 a person. Maybe if it were cheaper then it'd be okay at the most. The only thing of gulf world was otto the seal and the dolphins. Save your money

Visited May 2013
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Alabama, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Small but packs a big punch”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

All the shows can be seen in 1/2 a day, either start when they open or start around noon. We loved the way they alternated outdoor attractions with indoor air conditioned attractions. The big dog/cat/bird/rat show was terrific and the youngest in our group 2 and 4 enjoyed that show the most. The older ones of us loved the dolphin and sea lion shows. To get the best seats do NOT dawdle between the shows. Getting a seat out of the sun is paramount if you don't want to get sunburned or overheated. Also, know that the splash zone in the dolphin show is just that, a soak zone, but lots of fun. I recommend you get there when they open, go from show to show as quickly as possible, eat lunch, then take your time with the stingrays, birds and other exhibits.

Visited June 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“What a great ride! Don't miss this if in Panama City!”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We went as a family reunion group. I have to say wasn't initially too excited about the idea, but that is where the rest of my family was going...I am so glad that we went. The shows are wonderfully entertaining, and the trainers highly personable and friendly. The young lady doing the dolphin part of the show our day (Sallie?) was just a pure delight to watch and listen to, really knew her stuff, and clearly cares about her animals! The sea lion trainer was great as well!

Visited June 2013
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Boxborough, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good deal”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

This is a great take for the kids. Great dolphin show. Go the day or so early to see if you can get the handler of the day. They are part of the show. They have Sea Turtles, sharks, penguins, birds, and reptiles. Good time for the $.

Visited June 2013
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