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04/01/2020 ~ 04/07/2020

Discover Turtles Encounter at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

 Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island, FL
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Did you know that sea turtles have a better sense of smell than sharks? This turtle-filled encounter for ages 5 and up will teach you that and more while introducing you to our seafaring Loggerheads, a variety of freshwater turtles, and even our land-loving African spurred tortoises. Go behind the scenes to learn about our long-running sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation program. General admission to the park is not included in encounter price and must be purchased separately.

Activity Highlights
  • Meet a variety of turtle species, including sea turtles and tortoises
  • Learn about turtles & tortoises and conservation challenges they face
  • Go behind-the-scenes to see and learn about Gulfarium’s current rehabilitation sea turtles
  • Aquarist led adventure
  • Feed and interact with our freshwater turtles and African spurred tortoises

Duration: 45 Min.

What to bring
  • Weather appropriate attire
  • Children under 5 are not permitted to participate.
  • Participants under thirteen (13) years of age must be accompanied by a participating (paying) adult over the age of eighteen (18).
  • 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.
  • If you or a family member has any special needs or disabilities, please contact TripShock prior to making your reservation.
  • Encounters do not include admission and admission must be purchased separately.
  • Guests are not allowed to feed or touch sea turtles due to FWC regulations.
Additional information
  • Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and meet loggerhead sea turtles, a variety of fresh water turtles, and African spurred tortoises.
  • There will be opportunities throughout the program to touch some of the turtles, although guests are not allowed to feed or touch sea turtles due to FWC regulations.
  • 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 Turtles Encounter at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

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Turtle encounter

about 6 months ago
We enjoyed this experience very much!! Thank you for allowing us to go behind the scenes of one fantastic encounter.
lorie b

The kids loved it

about 8 months ago
Our guide was very knowledgeable of all things turtle. The kids enjoyed feeding the African tortoises and red sliders. The sea turtles are cool to see up close. It was pricey for a group of 5, but a really good experience. The animals are rescue/rehab so money is well spent.
Maria H