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04/07/2020 ~ 04/13/2020

Dolphin Swim Adventure at Gulf World Marine Park

 Panama City Beach, FL
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The Dolphin Swim Adventure at Gulf World Marine Park offers a fast and exciting ride with a dolphin; hold on to their pectoral fins and get ready for the magnificent belly-ride! You will have the opportunity to interact with dolphins like you’ve never imagined. Besides the belly ride, behaviors taught include a handshake, kiss, hand target, hug, and free time with various activities. Book your Dolphin Swim Adventure today and prepare for the experience of a lifetime!

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.

What's Included
  • All day admission to Gulf World is included with each swim
  • Personal Flotation Devices
What to bring
  • Bring your swimsuit and towel. It is recommended that you wear your suit under your clothes.
  • Observers of the swim programs are not allowed to bring cameras or take pictures during the swim.
  • Guests may not bring coolers, food, or beverage items into the park.
  • Participants must be at least 48 inches tall to do program by themselves.
  • Participants 42 inches tall to 47 inches tall must be accompanied in the water by a paying program participant 18 or older one on one.
  • Participants will be measured before participating in program at check in.
  • Small children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Expectant mothers are not eligible to participate in this program.
  • Participants need to be able to swim.
  • Participants must be able to speak and understand English.
  • Participants over 250 lbs or not physically fit enough to swim to the open water are unable to do the ride portion of the swim. The Dolphin Encounter is recommended the encounter because it is held in the shallow end of the pool.
  • Participants must be free of open wounds and show no signs of illness.
  • Anyone allergic to fish is unable to participate.
  • Anyone that has any medical restrictions, special needs, prosthetics, or pacemakers is required to call 850-424-5125 to make arrangements.
Additional information
  • The use of personal flotation devices is required in all water programs.
  • Wet suite are provided in cold weather only and at the discretion of Gulf World.
  • Every Swim with a Dolphin encounter is photographed by our professional photographers. Professional prints or CD may be purchased after the encounter in the Photography Center.
  • The habitats are filled with chlorinated saltwater and the water temperature averages between 70-75 degrees.
  • Gulf World can accommodate groups of up to 20 people.
  • Please leave valuables at home. Limited lockers are available.
  • Anyone that is handicapped or has any medical restrictions, special needs, prosthetics, or pacemakers is required to contact us prior to booking.
  • You are welcome to leave the park and return the same day with your hand stamped or your receipt.
  • No refunds will be given unless cancelled 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.
  • Gulf World is open at 9:30 AM and closes at 3:00 PM however, closing time may vary. Last entry at 12:30 to see all shows. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • 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.

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.

Cancellation policy

If a guest purchases a Swim, Experience, or Meet N Greet ticket at Gulf World, General Admission is included in the animal experience ticket and they 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. Guests that 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 will not receive a refund for the duplicate ticket purchase. However, guests may come to Gulf World on another day or give the ticket away, but they will not receive a refund. Please arrive at least 30 min before your scheduled swim time and account for high season traffic. All sales are final and non-refundable unless canceled by Gulf World. Guests must contact Gulf World directly to reschedule and will be charged a $25 rescheduling fee per participant.


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

Dolphin Swim Adventure at Gulf World Marine Park

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Best experience

about 2 months ago
It was an amazing experience we loved it! Definitely coming back
Kevin M

Dolphin swim journey

about 8 months ago
What a dream come true!! Swimming and interacting with the dolphins was so cool. The trainers were knowledgeable and friendly. I was a bit worried about getting in a deep pool with wild animals but the trainers made me feel safe and at ease. It was a bit expensive for the amount of time you are with the dolphins but I would still give it 5 stars for such a magical experience.
Jackie S


about 8 months ago
Absolutely amazing
Melissa T

Swim Adventure

about 8 months ago
I surprised my 14 year old daughter Lily with a swim adventure with the dolphins. She got to interact with Cajun. She had a great time learning facts about the dolphins, how they train them, etc. She loved being able to do tricks and take pictures. Her favorite was defintely the belly ride. I recommend this for anyonem The staff at Gulfworld was friendly and very informative.
Melissa T