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“Hidden Gem”

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.
Greensboro, North Carolina
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40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

We visited Gulf World during Spring Break and were surprised at the great shows offered. The staff were exceptional! It is evident that the animal trainers really love the animals and enjoy what they do. We were privileged to have the opportunity to remain after the park closed and chat with one of the trainers. He answered tons of questions and were learned so much. And, we even had time to shop in the gift store. Everyone was exceptional and I was very pleased to see the love and care given to the animals. The only thing I would change is the dolphin pictures. After the dolphin show you can pay $10 to have a picture taken with a dolphin. Up to two people can be in the picture and one person can hold the dolphin's fins. They rush you and no matter how good or bad the picture is you only get one shot. I can understand if there are tons of people, but there were only 10 people that purchased and they really could have taken a bit more time and not rush the people. Other than that, the shows are great.
Tip: Get there early so you can enjoy the day and not miss any of the shows.

Visited April 2014
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Gaffney, South Carolina
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88 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Not just for kids”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

We really enjoyed our time at Gulf World. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. They do a great job with the animals and you can see that they love the animals they work with, it is more than just job! The facility is well kept, but the bathrooms could use some work.

Visited April 2014
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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89 reviews
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“Another good visit to Gulf World Marine Park”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

A second visit in the last 5 years and yes, even though the kids are in their late teens, they still enjoyed the shows. Today in PCB the weather was nasty so we headed out after breakfast to enjoy the shows at Gulf World Marine Park and we were not disappointed. While the shows were good, the AAA discount was a nice surprise as well. Be sure to check this park out - you will need about 3 hours to see the the 3 or 4 major shows.

Visited April 2014
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Milwaukee
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3 reviews
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“Way better than Seaworld!”
Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

This place is awesome. Way better than Seaworld! You get to get up close and personal and the trainers are amazing! Awesome activity that the family will enjoy for the entire day. You can see that the people that work there are doing it for the Love of it!

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Rensselaer, Indiana
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“Fun for all ages!”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Gulf World was fun for our family, even on a rainy day. Well worth every penny we spent. Many up-close and personal shows with land and sea animals. Our kids loved the "dance with the dolphins" after the show. The staff was extremely knowledgeable, and most of the animals are "rescues", which makes you feel good about the whole experience. Thank you.

Visited March 2014
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