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Harbor Seal Encounter at Gulf World Marine Park

 Panama City Beach, FL
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Get up close and personal with a harbor seal! Get in the water with these amazing creatures to discover their unique personalities and characteristics. Learn about the differences between sea lion and seals by seeing them up close and personal. See the playful harbor seals show off their kiss, handshake, hug, swim by, cradle, mimics and various free time activities.

Activity Highlights
  • All day admission to Gulf World is included with each swim
  • Have a once in a lifetime experience interacting with harbor seals
  • Learn valuable information about Harbor Seals
  • Enjoy live daily park shows and feeding experience with marine life
  • Full access to the tropical gardens and Stingray Bay

Duration: 20 Min.

Safety Precautions

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

What's Included
  • An all day admission to Gulf World
  • Harbor Seal Encounter


  • Wetsuits and towels
  • Photos of your experience
  • Food and beverage
What to bring
  • Swimsuit or wet suit
  • Towel
  • ID

It is recommended to wear a swimsuit underneath clothes

  • 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.
  • Participants must be at least 48 inches tall to do program by themselves. Children 40 inches tall 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.
  • Participants must be free of open wounds and show no signs of illness.
  • Expectant mothers are not eligible to participate in this program.
  • Guests must arrive one hour before their program starts.
  • Participants must be able to speak and understand English.
  • 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.
  • Every Harbor Seal Experience is photographed by professional photographers. Professional prints or CD may be purchased after the encounter in the Photography Center.
  • Wet suits are available as the water temperature varies based on the climate and at the discretion of Gulf World.
  • Guests are welcome to leave the park and return the same day with a hand stamp or receipt.
  • Gulf World is open year round with seasonal hours. Current hours of operation are 9:30am-4:30pm Monday through Sunday.
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • The habitats are filled with chlorinated saltwater.
  • Gulf World can accommodate groups of up to 8 people.
  • Please leave valuables at home. Limited lockers are available.
  • Guests may not bring coolers, food, or beverage items into the park.

Observer Rules

  • Due to limited space, only participants under 18 may have one complimentary 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.

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

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Harbor Seal Encounter at Gulf World Marine Park

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about 2 years ago
We were with the harbor seals. They're so smart. We learned a lot. It was great to touch the seals. They're so cute! Our instructors we both great! Highly recommend you do this.
Donald A E

Duncan kids swim with Harbor seals

about 2 years ago
This was amazing!! Our 3 kids got to interact with 2 harbor seals in their habitat. They got to get in the water with them, hug, pet, and get a kiss from the seals. This was a definite highlight of our vacation!!
Monica D

Harbor Seal Encounter

about 2 years ago
We were only 2 for the encounter! The trainers were fun and knowledgeable! We would recommend!
Brad P


about 3 years ago
The harbor seal encounter was excellent. Staff was very informative and friendly. The only problem I had was with the fact that there were no pictures allowed except for the ones taken by their staff. Otherwise excellent experience. I cant remember the last time I saw my teenager with as genuine a smile as she had during this event.