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Dolphin Encounter at Gulf World Marine Park

 Panama City Beach, FL
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The Dolphin Encounter is designed for all ages to learn more about dolphins by interacting with them. Practice the "hand target," and watch as the dolphin jumps to touch your hand. Besides the hand target, behaviors taught include a kiss, handshake, hug, and free time with various activities. Book your Dolphin Encounter and get up close and personal with Flipper today!

Activity Highlights
  • Have a once in a lifetime experience swimming with dolphins
  • Enjoy live, daily park shows and feeding experience with marine life
  • Full access to the tropical gardens and Stingray Bay
  • All day admission to Gulf World is included with each swim

Duration: 30 Min.

Safety Precautions

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

What's Included
  • Dolphin Encounter at Gulf World Marine Park
  • An all day admission to Gulf World
  • Personal Flotation Devices

Exclusions

  • Swimsuit and towels
  • Photos of your experience with dolphins
  • Food & Beverage
  • Transportation
What to bring
  • Swimsuit or wet suit
  • Towel
  • ID
Restrictions
  • ALL participant's first names, last names, and heights must be entered into the RESERVATION COMMENTS when booking. Failing to enter this information may cause the participant to miss the experience. Rescheduling or cancellation will be at Gulf World's discretion.
  • No refunds will be given unless canceled 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.
  • Participants must be at least 48 inches tall to do program by themselves. Participants from 40 inches to 47 inches tall must be accompanied in the water by a paying program participant 18 or older one on one.
  • Anyone that has any medical restrictions, special needs, prosthetics, or pacemakers is required to call 850-234-5271 to make arrangements.
  • Small children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Only participants under 18 may have one complimentary observer.
  • Participants will be measured before participating in program at check in.
  • The use of personal flotation devices is required in all water programs.
  • Participants must be free of open wounds and show no signs of illness.
  • Guests may not bring coolers, food, or beverage items into the park.
  • Expectant mothers are not eligible to participate in this program.
  • Please leave valuables at home. Limited lockers are available.
  • Guests must arrive one hour before their program starts.
  • Participants must be able to speak and understand English.
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Anyone allergic to fish is unable to participate.
  • Participants must be able to swim.
  • Cameras are prohibited.
Additional information
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Every Swim with a Dolphin encounter is photographed by a professional photographer. Professional prints or CD may be purchased after the encounter in the Photography Center.
  • Bring your swimsuit and towel. It is recommended that you wear your suit under your clothes. Wet suits are only provided in cold weather and at the discretion of Gulf World.
  • The habitats are filled with chlorinated saltwater and the water temperature averages between 70-75 degrees.
  • You are welcome to leave the park and return the same day with your hand stamped or your receipt.
  • The Dolphin Encounter is held in the shallow end of the pool.
  • Gulf World can accommodate groups of up to 20 people.

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.
Reservation Requirements

ALL participant's first name, last names, and heights must be entered into the RESERVATION COMMENTS when booking. Failing to enter this information may cause the participant to miss the experience. Rescheduling or cancellation will be at Gulf World's discretion.

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 Gulf World prior to booking.

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.

Location

15412 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413, USA

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Dolphin Encounter at Gulf World Marine Park

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Great place to visit

about 1 month ago
Our Dolphin Encounter was the first thing we did at Gulf World! It was incredible getting to be right up close to our Dolphin named NATE. This is the best experience for kids. Then we explored the rest of the park! It's a great family activity and will go again someday!
TAMELA B

Dohpin

about 2 months ago
The only thing I would change would be the way you book on line. I thought we was going to actually get to swim with the dolphins because that's what it said on line. But other then that I can check it off my bucket list.
Jennifer B

Wonderful!

about 4 months ago
My family had so much fun getting up close and personal with a dolphin! It was a great experience
Ryan N

Dolphin experience

about 4 months ago
I had a great time, the girl was very sweet and informative. I checked off one of my most important things in life to do. Thank you I will be back
Maria C