Swim Adventure with Dolphins at Gulf World Marine Park

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Live the experience of a lifetime at Gulf World in Panama City Beach! Interact with dolphins up close and personal by swimming with these beautiful animals! There are several levels to choose from including the Dolphin Encounter, Swim Adventure and the Royal Swim. Each program gives an all-day pass to Gulf World to enjoy the exhibits and educational shows that are offered! Swimming with dolphins is a family friendly activity that will leave you with a smile on your face and a new appreciation for the majestic marine mammals. Swim with dolphins is open daily rain or shine.

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

Swim Adventure
A fast and exciting ride with the dolphin while you hold onto their pectoral fins; in the magnificent belly-ride. You will have the opportunity to interact with dolphins like you’ve never imagined. Action and Adventure! Behaviors Taught: belly ride, kiss, handshake, hand target, hug and caresses, free time with various activities. Available for participants 42 inches and above. Children 42 to 47 inches tall must be accompanied by a paying participant 18 years of age or older. Duration: 30 Minutes

Booking Details:

Once the tickets are bought online for the desired day and time, you may present the e-voucher using your smart phone or print off and redeem at the main ticket counter. An all day admission to Gulf World is included with your "Swim With a Dolphin" encounter. Please set aside extra time to explore the park.

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.

Departure Details
Gulf World Marine Park is open year round rain or shine. Dolphin Swims are available every day the park is open, weather permitting. Gulf World Marine Park is open year round, rain or shine. During the summer months, Gulf World is open from 9:30am to 6:00pm. During spring, fall and winter, Gulf World is open 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. From November 27th to December 23rd, Gulf World is open 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

● An all day admission to Gulf World.
● Life vests.

● Swimsuit and towels
● Photos of your experience with dolphins
● Food & Beverage
● Transportation

● 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 life vests is required in all water programs.
● 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. Photo prints start at $25 and photo discs start at $49.
● Bring your swimsuit and towel. It is recommended that you wear your suit under your clothes.
● 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.
● Gulf World Marine Park is located at 15412 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32413.
● Guests may not bring coolers, food, or beverage items into the park.
● 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.

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
All sales are final and non-refundable unless cancelled by Gulf World.
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  • Kiley H. about 4 days ago

    What a fun place. My kids enjoyed the shows and being able to get pictures with the anamials. It was a small place, but so much forth it. Read More on Yelp

  • Stephanie P. about 26 days ago

    My husband and I went to Gulf World to do the Dolphin Encounter. He received a 50% discount because he is in the Air Force and I received a 20% discount.... Read More on Yelp

  • Alex N. about 6 months ago

    On our last day of our family summer beach trip in PCB, we decided to give Gulf World a go because some of the lil kiddos on the trip wanted to see the... Read More on Yelp

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