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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. Book your encounter today!

Activity Highlights
  • Discover Turtles Encounter at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • Meet a variety of turtle species, including sea turtles & tortoises
  • Learn about turtles & tortoises & conservation challenges they face
  • Go behind-the-scenes to see & learn about Gulfarium’s current rehabilitation sea turtles
  • Feed and interact with our freshwater turtles & 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 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
What to bring
  • Actvity appropriate attire
  • Camera
  • ID
  • In an effort to provide the most accurate information regarding all COVID-19 measures, policies, restrictions, and requirements, please refer to the most up to date CDC guidelines prior to your activity/trip date.
  • Cameras/phones are not permitted 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.
  • Participants under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a participating (paying) adult over the age of 18.
  • 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.
  • Children ages 4 & under are not permitted to participate.
  • Please remove all loose jewelry before arrival.
  • Smoking and vaping is not permitted on-site.
  • Outside food or beverages are not permitted.
  • Glass items are strictly prohibited.
  • Coolers are not permitted.
Additional information
  • 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.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and meet loggerhead sea turtles, a variety of fresh water turtles, and African spurred tortoises.
  • Photos are taken during the encounter and will be available for purchase. Photo packages are not included in the price of the encounter.
  • Encounters continue rain or shine, no refunds or exchanges due to inclement weather.
  • Certified service animals are permitted.
  • Free parking is available on-site.
  • Restrooms are available.
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 1 year 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 Rauda


about 1 year ago
Bad weather so not as fun as I expected
Tina auld

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 Hermansen

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.
lori brooks
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