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Rough-Toothed Encounter at Gulf World Marine Park

 Panama City Beach, FL
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The Rough-Toothed Encounter is designed for all ages to learn more about dolphins by interacting up close and personal with them. You will have the opportunity to practice the hand target command and cheerfully watch as the dolphin jumps up to touch your hand. Learn all about other behaviors taught including handshakes, hugs, and see their free time with various enriching activities. Book your Gulf World encounter today!

Activity Highlights
  • Rough-Toothed Encounter at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, Florida
  • Have an unforgettable 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
  • Photo package is included
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
  • Personal flotation devices
  • Photo package

Exclusions

  • Swimsuit & towels
  • Food & beverages
  • Transportation
What to bring
  • Change of clothes (it is recommended to wear a swimsuit under your clothes)
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • ID
Restrictions
  • 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 42 inches to 47 inches tall must be accompanied in the water by a paying program participant 18 or older one on one.
  • Participants 250 lbs or more and/or not physically fit enough to swim in open waters are encouraged to choose the Dolphin Encounter instead as it is held in the shallow end of the pool.
  • Participants will be measured before participating in program at check in.
  • Anyone that has any medical restrictions, special needs, prosthetics, or pacemakers is required to call 850-234-5271 to make arrangements.
  • 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.
  • Closed annually on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • 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.
  • Small children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Participants must be able to speak and understand English.
  • Gulf World can accommodate groups of up to 20 people.
  • Anyone allergic to fish is unable to participate.
  • Participants must be able to swim.
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.
  • 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.
  • Gulf World is open at 10 AM and closes at 3 PM however, closing time may vary. Last entry at 12:30 to see all shows. Hours and availability are subject to change.
  • The habitats are filled with chlorinated saltwater and the water temperature averages between 70-75 degrees.
  • Every Swim with a Dolphin encounter is photographed by professional photographers. Photo package is included.
  • You are welcome to leave the park and return the same day with your hand stamped or your receipt.

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.
  • 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

from $190
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Rough-Toothed Encounter at Gulf World Marine Park

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Overpriced, not what we expected

about 8 months ago
First bullet in the Activity Highlight: "Have an unforgettable experience swimming with dolphins." There was no swimming- it was a meet and greet and you got to get in the water- that's it. It was $150 per person when you did nothing that the "meet and greet" didn't do for $70. SAVE YOUR MONEY.
Kimberly M