Gulf World Marine Park

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Panama City Beach: Gulf World Marine Park Entrance Ticket

1. Panama City Beach: Gulf World Marine Park Entrance Ticket

Enjoy and explore a world of underwater animals at Gulf World Marine Park. Enjoy a fun day out for all the family, with educational tours and animal encounters abound. Learn more about your favorite animals and experience them up close. Explore the indoor and outdoor gardens and see tropical birds. During your visit, get the chance to watch 3 daily educational presentations. You will also get up close and personal with the park's friendly stingrays and even pet them. It takes an average of 3 to 4 hours to enjoy the shows and explore the exhibits, however, you’re welcome to linger longer and wander around the grounds.

Gulf World Marine Park: Dolphin Swim Adventure

2. Gulf World Marine Park: Dolphin Swim Adventure

Get up close to dolphins in ways you’ve never imagined at Gulf World Marine Park during this dolphin swim adventure with admission to the park included. Join park shows and education chats and explore the many indoor and outdoor animal exhibits. Embark on a fast and exciting ride with a dolphin while you hold onto their pectoral fins in the magnificent belly ride. Experience other interactions and behaviors including the handshake, hand target, hug, and touches. As you make new friends with the dolphins, learn about these interesting creatures with Gulf World’s marine mammal specialists. As an added perk, every swim with a dolphin encounter is photographed by professional photographers, available for purchase after your encounter. 

Gulf World Marine Park: Dolphin Meet and Greet

3. Gulf World Marine Park: Dolphin Meet and Greet

Learn all about the world's most beloved sea mammal, the dolphin, at Gulf World Marine Park. See the immense Atlantic Ocean and create a bond with one of the most intelligent marine species in the world. All options include important information about dolphins, their diet, care programs, as well as some tips on how to help save their natural habitat. Choose from the following options: Dolphin Encounter Meet the friendly dolphins up close and personal as you stand on an underwater platform where the interactive activities occur. The beloved dolphins will swim by you, allowing you to touch, splash, hug, and even kiss them. Use the hand-target in which the dolphin will jump to touch your hand with its nose. Dolphin Swim Adventure Discover perhaps the most comprehensive program at this location. With this program, you can shake hands with the dolphins. You also get to touch, splash, hug and kiss these lovely creatures. Then, experience an exciting belly ride as the dolphin will allow you to hold onto its pectoral fins and will carry you through the water. Dolphin Meet 'n Greet Enjoy a Meet 'n Greet program where you will have an unforgettable first up-close dolphin adventure, next to the Dolphin habitat. Come and hang out at the edge of the fantastic Atlantic Ocean as you enjoy the warm Florida weather. In this program, you will touch, splash, and even kiss one of these amazing animals, while standing next to the dolphin habitat.

Panama City Beach: Gulf World Marine Park Dolphin Encounter

4. Panama City Beach: Gulf World Marine Park Dolphin Encounter

During this experience, you'll stand waist-deep in the water and interact directly with the dolphins at Gulf World Marine Park. Learn more about the dolphins and their unique personalities as you engage with them. Learn how to get the dolphins to do tricks like the hand-target, where they jump up to touch your hands and receive a dolphin hug. Professional photographers will snap photos as you play with the dolphins. Photo prints and digital files on a CD will be available for purchase after your experience. After your dolphin adventure, you can explore the other exhibits in Gulf World Marine Park and learn all about the different habitats and animals that live in them.

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What people are saying about Gulf World Marine Park

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 80 reviews

Being able to engage with the dolphins was so much fun! The trainer had us touch their noses, shake their fins, rub their belly all with signal that the trainer used. We also saw penguins, huge tortoises, many tropical Macaw, Cockatoos, and African parrots. I felt the help were knowledgeable and friendly, especially Bethany the photographer! Our trainer was very friendly and answered any questions we had. I was concerned the $74 price was very high, but in the end I guess I was worth it. However, the photo package for $90 is ridiculously high. After paying $74 admission we couldn’t justify the photo package. Had it been $50 I probably would have bought it. The condition of the building needs updating and wasn’t very clean. A coat of paint would really help.

This place was nowhere near the size of SeaWorld, and I didn't expect it to be. It wasn't too crowded, plenty to see. The shows were excellent! My kids loved touching the sting rays and sewing the sea turtles the best. So much fun! I highly recommend purchasing tickets on this site. It would have cost twice as much at the park!

Extremely recommend it. Grandkids thought it was amazing. Sandy the dolphins was the best.

We all loved the sea turtles, the sea lion show and of course the dolphin show.

Enjoyable place; especially if you have kids involved. :)