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01/24/2021 ~ 01/24/2021
January 2021

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.
  • COVID-19 Restrictions: Guests ages 4 and up are required to wear a mask/face shield while inside buildings at all times unless eating.
  • Observers of the swim programs are not allowed to bring cameras or take pictures during the swim.
  • The following items are prohibited: Coolers and outside food and beverages.
  • Participants must be at least 54 inches tall to participate.
  • Participants 42 inches tall to 53 inches tall must be accompanied in the water by a paying adult. There must be one adult per every child to participate.
  • All participants will be measured before participating 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 for 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 850-234-5271 to make arrangements.
Additional information
  • 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.
  • The use of personal flotation devices is required in all water programs.
  • Wet suits 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 CDs may be purchased after the encounter in the Photography Center.
  • The habitats are filled with chlorinated salt water 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 Gulf World prior to booking.
  • Same day park re-entry is allowed with proof of purchase via your hand stamp or receipt.
  • 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.
  • Gulf World is open at 10 AM and closes at 5:00 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.

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.

Please arrive at least 30 min before your scheduled swim time and account for high season traffic. Guests must contact Gulf World directly to reschedule and will be charged a $25 rescheduling fee per participant.

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.


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

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Swimming with the dolphins

about 3 months ago
My friend and I had a fabulous time swimming with the dolphins. It was fun even when raining and the trainers were great!
Wanda L

Nate & Luna Were So Sweet!

about 3 months ago
Luna was flirting with my fiancé and her baby daddy, Nate was a real booger lol we really enjoyed it. As soon as you walk out, you get to see, I believe her name is Sandy, the matriarch and queen bee, everyone went ballistic. She was just looking at us like heyyyy lol it was worth every penny!
Chenelle T

Amazing experience

about 4 months ago
I have always wanted to experience swimming with dolphins and this by far was a great experience. The staff was very friendly and I love watching the bond that has been formed between the trainers and the dolphins. The show was also enjoyable to watch. I will definitely bring my kids here to experience this.
Emilee S

Great Shelby & Nate!

about 4 months ago
Considering my date stood me up; I was not looking forward to experiencing this alone. However, Shelby and Nate made this a great experience! No love lost from these two. I was in awe of the connection and the love Nate and Shelby shared was evident in every skill. They both had a positive impact on my unique situation. My heart and mind was loving and at peace after sharing the tank with them. Our Lord has blessed them with great talents and they glorify him with their entertaining, fun show. I would recommend this experience to anyone who enjoys memorable experiences. Much Love, Keith Mayo.
Richard M