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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.
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Make a point to visit”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Gulf World is one of those places you need to visit when in town. Its a great little big attraction. They have plenty of dolphin and other finned and non finned friends.
The afternoon shows seem to be less crowded than the morning ones.

The really great thing about gulf world is their animals are rescues or born into the facility.

Now the downside over the years they have become about the show and less about teaching. The reptile section was actually my favorite because they try to teach you since there isnt much more they can do with them. The dolphin show used to be a bout teaching you but has since become about music and shows rather than learning.

Put one of those ladies in the audience and ask questions. teach the kids and adults more about dolphins and their abilities.

Also at one point in the sea lion show they meniton keeping the beaches clean and even recycling however they do not appear to recycle within the park. Drink bottles go in the same trash as regualr trash

Visited September 2013
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Philadelphia
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81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good.”
Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

I thought this was going to be a ringy dingy place, burt I was surprise at the number of shows and activities. Sea lion performance is better than the main attraction dolphin show. Don't forget to check with you hotel for discount or check travel books.

Visited September 2013
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Xenia, Ohio
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fun day away from the sand”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

My son loved it here. It is not huge but the shows are worth it and timed so that you can see them all in half a day's time.

Visited June 2013
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springfield
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Place to visit!!!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We loved this place! Plan on spending the whole day because there are several exhibits and shows to see! My daughter loved petting sting rays and getting her picture taken with a dolphin! We can't wait to go back so she can participate in the "Trainer for a Day" program..

Visited May 2013
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Ottawa, Illinois
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39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great little marine park”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We surprised our kids with a swim with the dolphins day at Gulf World. They had so much fun. They spend some time learning about dolphins before they get in the pool. They get to give the dolphin commands, pet them, hold their fins and get a pulled around the pool. After the dolphin experience they have several shows that are scheduled for you to go from one to another. Then you have time to explore on your own. Fun place

Visited June 2013
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