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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
  • Discover Turtles Encounter at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • 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
  • Feed and interact with our freshwater turtles and African spurred tortoises
  • Aquarist led adventure for ages 5+

Duration: 45 Min.

Safety Precautions

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

What's Included
  • Discover Turtles Encounter at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
What to bring
  • Actvity appropriate attire
  • Camera
  • ID
  • Participants under thirteen (13) years of age must be accompanied by a participating (paying) adult over the age of eighteen (18). 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.
  • If you or a family member has any special needs or disabilities, please contact TripShock prior to making your reservation.
  • Encounters continue rain or shine, no refunds or exchanges due to inclement weather.
  • 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.
  • Please remove all loose jewelry before arrival.
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.
Reservation Requirements

General admissions is required to be purchased to enter Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and is not included in the encounter price. If you have not already purchased admission, you will be required to do so upon checking in for your animal encounter.

Children under 5 are not permitted to participate. Account for potential traffic during your travel to the Gulfarium, especially during spring and summer seasons. During summer, it is recommended to plan to arrive 60 minutes in advance to accommodate for any traffic delays. Encounters will not be delayed due to late arrival, and a refund cannot be provided in the event an encounter is missed.


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

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Discover Turtles Encounter at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

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Fun for all ages

about 10 months ago
My daughter (16), my son (5) and myself all enjoyed this encounter. I really liked how educational it was, it was not just about the interaction with the animal but also a teaching moment. We definitely recommend it!
Sita R


about 1 year ago
Bad weather so not as fun as I expected
Kim R

Fun... but not quite as hands-on as we had hoped

about 1 year ago
The first 2/3rds of the encounter was honestly pretty disappointing... basically just standing there & having the guide talk about the sea turtles and other turtles... but nothing special (not hands-on). The last 1/3rd (with the tortoises) was great, though... got to spend lots of time in the exhibit with the turtles & touch them & play with them. The final 1/3 largely made up for the sub-par first 2/3 of it.
Kevin H

Turtle encounter

about 3 years ago
We enjoyed this experience very much!! Thank you for allowing us to go behind the scenes of one fantastic encounter.
lorie b
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