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Gulf World Marine Park Panama City Beach

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Gulf World Marine Park
15412 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach
FL
32413
Tel: 850-234-5271

Where are we going today?

Are you excited to explore some of the most beautiful creatures in the ocean - without having to actually get wet?

Gulf World Marine Park is located in Panama City Beach, and is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy some animal fun AND that great Florida sun!

The park features a host of daily shows, and well as exhibits, where kids can get up close to their favorite marine species, and at the same time learn all about them - from their feeding habits, to their natural habitats, and more!

The daily live shows at the park feature sea lions, dolphins, and even tropical birds. The trained keepers will be on hand to tell you fun and fascinating facts about the creatures, and what they can do might surprise you!

Don't miss some of the feeding sessions during the day too, where you can see sharks being fed, and turtles, and even stingrays!

Within the Gulf World Marine Park, there are also great exhibits that showcase other marine wildlife, including penguins, alligators, and even flamingos.

Kids will love the hands-on interaction at Gulf World Marine Park too!

There are additional programs that families can take part in to make their days extra special including riding dolphins, meet and greets, and experiencing what it's like to be a trainer for the day!

The magic of the ocean all comes to Gulf World Marine Park, and YOU can experience it too! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$29 + tax
  • Children$19 + tax (Ages 5-11)
  • Free Under: 4 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9:30am - 5:30pm daily (Winter hours may vary)

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days

Teachers corner

Between Labor Day weekend and Memorial Day weekend you can bring your students to enjoy a learning experience outside of the classroom!.

I'm Hungry!

There is the Snack Bar with food and drink that you can enjoy during your time at the park! (no outside food or drink allowed).

Any Top Tips?

It takes up to 4 hours to see all of the shows and exhibits, so allow at least that for your day!.

Need a little extra help?

Service animals are allowed in the park, and the exhibits are accessible. .

Can I get one of those?

There is a Photo Department where you can purchase photos with the animals after the presentations!.

More information

The night show tickets are sold separately at the door.

What people are saying?

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    Instead of visiting "wild animals" put on display like Victorian Circus dancing bears for your entertainment at Gulf World, may I suggest a sail in our fabulous Gulf waters where the porpoises come right up to your boat and look you in the eye, or visit Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park which is a Florida State Park in Wakulla County, Florida. The manatees swim near you in their home, bumping your boat for attention in crystal clear waters which spring from the ground magically to form a river as if from nothing. The largest fresh water spring...Read More

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    This is all its cracked up to be. My wife swam with a dolphin named Comet and that was great. Lots of shows to watch dolphins, sea lions, reptiles, birds, etc. Also a very educational trip as well. Good for kids and adults of all ages.

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    Kids had an amazing time with the dolphin swim. The added bonus was going on a quieter day, they were picked as helpers in the shows and loved it.

    Great place and learned lots.

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    Went there a few times during the winter. Great place for the kids to interact with the animals and great employees. Even though the place looks outdated, it's still an enjoyable experience from the first step inside the front door to the first step out to the parking lot. Compared to other marine parks, its not as costly for VIP specials. Fun, fun, fun. The ladies and gents who maintain the park helped push my daughter towards the dream of being a Marine Biologist that she is pursuing right now.

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    We arrived when they opened. I would recommend to do this. It started getting really hot and humid after noon. The shows are the real attraction especially the dolphins. We all enjoyed our day there.

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by George Coon

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Instead of visiting "wild animals" put on display like Victorian Circus dancing bears for your entertainment at Gulf World, may I suggest a sail in our fabulous Gulf waters where the porpoises come right up to your boat and look you in the eye, or visit Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park which is a Florida State Park in Wakulla County, Florida. The manatees swim near you in their home, bumping your boat for attention in crystal clear waters which spring from the ground magically to form a river as if from nothing. The largest fresh water spring in the world.
Visit your fabulous native creatures where they are free and in the wild. You will love it and will have learned something valuable about Florida's nature.

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