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08/24/2019 ~ 08/30/2019
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Bottlenose Dolphin Meet N Greet at Gulf World Marine Park

Gulf World's bottlenose dolphins are in a different habitat and are also available for an up close and personal session. You can get eye to eye with these magnificent animals. You'll learn behaviors such as a kiss, feed, handshake, hand target, interaction and participate in animal enrichment.

Activity Highlights
  • All day admission to Gulf World is included with each encounter
  • Have a once in a lifetime experience meeting bottlenose dolphins
  • Learn valuable information about bottlenose dolphins
  • Enjoy live daily park shows and feeding experience with marine life
  • Full access to the tropical gardens and Stingray Bay

Duration: 15 Min.

What's Included
  • An all day admission to Gulf World

Exclusions:

  • Photos of your experience with the dolphin
  • Food & Beverage
  • Dry clothes to enjoy the park before and/or after the program as you may get splashed.
  • Transportation
What to bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
Restrictions
  • Must be at least 4 years old to participate by themselves.
  • Small children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Participants must be free of open wounds and show no signs of illness.
  • Anyone allergic to fish is unable to participate.
  • Anyone that has any medical restrictions, special needs, prosthetics, or pacemakers is required to call 850-424-5125 to make arrangement.
  • No coolers, food, or beverage items allowed in the park.
  • Tickets can be used within 14 days of the date selected upon purchasing (i.e. If you cannot attend the date you selected on the calendar, you may use the ticket up to the 14th day).
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Anyone that has any medical restrictions, special needs, prosthetics, or pacemakers is required to call 850-424-5125 to make arrangements.

Observer Rules:

  • Due to limited space, only 1 paid observer per swimmer over 18 is allowed. Observers are required to pay regular admission fee plus a $5 observer fee. Swimmers under 18 may have one complimentary observer, with the option to pay $5 for 1 extra observer.
  • Observers are required to pay regular admission fees.
  • No cameras are allowed.
Additional information
  • Participants may get splashed by the dolphin but this is not an in water program.
  • Every Bottlenose Dolphin Meet N Greet is photographed by our professional photographers. Professional prints or CD may be purchased after the encounter in the Photography Center.
  • The habitats are filled with chlorinated saltwater and the water temperature averages between 70-75 degrees.
  • Gulf World can accommodate groups of up to 20 people.
  • Please leave valuables at home. Limited lockers are available.
  • Gulf World Marine Park is located at 15412 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413.
  • Guests may not bring coolers, food, or beverage items into the park.
  • You are welcome to leave the park and return the same day with your hand stamped or your receipt.
  • No refunds will be given unless cancelled by Gulf World. If the weather causes the park to close during the duration of your vacation, the tickets can be exchanged for a refund by calling TripShock. No refunds once you have redeemed your ticket at the park.
  • Gulf World Marine Institute (GWMI) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sea turtles and marine mammals. GWMI is proud to be a part of the Southeast Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network. Working under permits from National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, GWMI plays an important role in rescuing and rehabilitating injured marine mammals and sea turtles throughout the Florida Panhandle.
Cancellation policy

If you purchase a Swim, Experience, or Meet N Greet ticket at Gulf World, General Admission is included in that animal experience ticket and you do not need to purchase a General Admission Ticket for that participant. Spectators for the animal experiences must purchase a General Admission Ticket for entry. If you purchase a General Admission ticket in addition to a Swim, Experience, or Meet N Greet ticket for the participant's entry into the park on accident, you will not receive a refund for the duplicate ticket purchase. However, you may come to Gulf World on another day or give the ticket away, but you will not receive a refund. All sales are final and non-refundable unless canceled by Gulf World. Customers must contact Gulf World directly to reschedule and will be charged a $25 rescheduling fee per participant. Anyone that is handicapped or has any medical restrictions, special needs, prosthetics, or pacemakers is required to contact us prior to booking.

You agree to the following:

  • Participants must be at 4 years old to do program by themselves.
  • Participants ages 1-3 are complimentary but must be accompanied by a paying program participant one on one ages 18+.
  • Participants must be able to speak and understand English.
  • Participants must be free of open wounds and show no signs of illness.
  • Please arrive at least 30 min before your scheduled Meet N Greet time. Programs that have to be rescheduled will be charged a $25 fee per participant.
  • Due to limited space, only 1 paid observer per Meet N Greet over 18 is allowed. Observers are required to pay regular admission fee plus a $5 observer fee. Meet N Greet participants under 18 may have one complimentary observer, with the option to pay $5 for 1 extra observer. Observers are required to pay regular admission fees.
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Gulf world
about 5 months ago
Meeting the dolphin was the highlight of my trip. I can tell these workers truly love and care for their animals
Tobie W
Great experience
about 1 year ago
This was a great experience for our whole family. The trainer was knowledgeable and answered all questions.
Amber
Excellent
about 1 month ago
Dustin H
Excellent
about 2 months ago
Tessa O