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04/01/2020 ~ 04/07/2020

Discover Dolphins Encounter at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

 Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island, FL
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Guests cannot help but be enchanted when meeting a dolphin family during this hands-on dockside encounter. Play, laugh, and learn about the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, known for their curious nature and spirited disposition. Guests may get wet, so the Gulfarium recommends wearing attire that can do the same! This fun and engaging encounter is for ages 5 and up.

Activity Highlights
  • Touch and feed a dolphin
  • Learn about dolphin anatomy
  • Give behavior signals to the dolphins
  • Trainer led adventure

Duration: 5 Min.

What to bring
  • Weather appropriate attire
  • Children under 5 are not permitted to participate.
  • Cameras/phones are not allowed into animal enclosures or on docks as participants’ hands must be free to interact with the animals. Family and friends are welcome to take photos from viewing areas.
  • Encounters continue rain or shine, no refunds or exchanges due to inclement weather.
  • Please remove all loose jewelry before arrival.
  • Guests are required to be able to kneel to be able to fully participate in the program.
  • If guests or a family member has any special needs or disabilities, please contact TripShock prior to making the reservation.
  • General admission to the park is not included in encounter price and must be purchased separately.
Additional information
  • The Discover Dolphins program allows you to pet a real live dolphin and take pictures
  • Although each program is different in order to incorporate variety for the animals, the program may include feeding and giving various behavior signals while interacting with the dolphins.
  • The Discover Dolphins program occurs from the dry dock area alongside the habitat. Mats will be provided for each guest to kneel or sit on the dock.
  • Photos are taken during the encounter and will be available for purchase. Photo packages are not included in the price of the encounter.
Cancellation policy

Admission to Gulfarium is NOT included in this ticket and must be purchased separately. A 24-hour notice must be given in order to receive a full refund of the purchase price minus $5. In the event that an encounter must be rescheduled within 24 hours prior to the encounter start time, or after a missed encounter, a rebooking fee of 25% of the encounter purchase price will be applied. Rebooking is subject to program availability and is not guaranteed. Encounters do not include admission and admission must be purchased separately.


1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, USA

Discover Dolphins Encounter at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

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about 8 months ago
My body enjoyed the encounter!
Alicia W

Dolphin Encounter

about 10 months ago
The trainers were amazing with the kids and did exactly what was expected.
Sarah M

We got to rub her belly!

about 11 months ago
If you love dolphins, this is the encounter for you! Wow, I am amazed at how big the dolphins are in person rather than seeing them in the wild. She swam right up to us and we got to rub her belly and feed her fish. Then we also learned hand signals so she could do some tricks. This was an amazing encounter and would totally do it again in a heartbeat!

Truly magical

about 11 months ago
This was so amazing! As a true dolphin lover, this was truly magical. The 3 lady dolphins are 3 generations (grandma, daughter and grand daughter) which was really special. We had our encounter the oldest of the 3, Delilah. She was so adorable and fun! We got to see a bunch of her tricks and flips etc. The dolphins seem happy and taken care of, you can also tell the staff genuinely love these creatures and their jobs