Destin Aquariums

Discover penguins, turtles, sea lions, harbor seals, dolphins and more at Destin, Florida's aquariums. Become a VIP trainer for the day, get hands on with the animals, and watch dolphins leap on command. Take the kids on a reptile safari and learn all about the resident cold-blooded critters. Enjoy the animals that make Florida's panhandle unique!
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Jul 18 - Jul 24

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park Admission Tickets

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Get ready for a day filled with education and entertainment at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. See trained animals, like dolphins and sea lions, perform shows by dancing and jumping for you throughout the day. Animal exhibits throughout the park will captivate your attention between shows. See penguins, sharks, sting rays, pelicans, dolphins, and sea lions. Located on the beach in Fort Walton and just a few minutes from the Destin Harbor, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is the place to spend a relaxing afternoon with marine animals. Get your ticket today!
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Discover Dolphins Encounter at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

59 ratings
5 Min.
Guests cannot help but be enchanted when meeting a dolphin family during this hands-on dockside encounter. Play, laugh, and learn about the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, known for their curious nature and spirited disposition. Guests may get wet, so the Gulfarium recommends wearing attire that can do the same! This fun and engaging encounter is for ages 5 and up. Reserve your spot today!
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VIP "Trainer for a Day" Experience at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

1 rating
5 Hrs.
Sign up for the experience of a lifetime with the Gulfarium's VIP "Trainer for a Day" adventure. For ages 13 and up, this fully-immersive training day teaches people what it takes to be a bonafide marine mammal trainer. Work side-by-side resident experts to learn all about the park's marine mammals, their behavior, biology, their interactions with humans and more. Book your spot today!
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Discover Harbor Seals at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

6 ratings
10 Min.
Have an awesome up close and personal encounter with a harbor seal at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. These gentle, yet playful, mammals will melt your heart while you touch and feed them during this special interaction. For ages 8 and up, you can watch as they play and learn interesting facts about this amazing species. A Harbor seal is waiting to meet you, so book today!
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Discover Penguins at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

9 ratings
10 Min.
Make friends with the flightless birds of the sea, and Discover Penguins at The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Feed, touch, and play with an adorable and lively African penguin. This experience, for ages 9 and up, is trainer led and offers unique details about the species. Your encounter is sure to be a memorable one, so come meet an African penguin on your next trip to The Emerald Coast.
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Kids Reptile Safari at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

1 rating
25 Min.
Calling all kids ages 3 and up!! Come and meet the cold-blooded residents of the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on a Kids Reptile Safari. Get up close and even touch lizards, turtles, and more! Whether you think reptiles are cute or creepy, this meet and greet will be an educational good time. Book your spot today!
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Discover Turtles Encounter at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

8 ratings
45 Min.
Did you know that sea turtles have a better sense of smell than sharks? This turtle-filled encounter for ages 5 and up will teach you that and more while introducing you to our seafaring Loggerheads, a variety of freshwater turtles, and even our land-loving African spurred tortoises. Go behind the scenes to learn about our long-running sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation program. General admission to the park is not included in encounter price and must be purchased separately. Book your encounter today!
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where is the aquarium?

The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is located on Okaloosa Island, right next to The Boardwalk, at 1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548. The Gulfarium is about 5 miles away from Destin’s HarborWalk Village.

2. Where do I park?

Parking is available onsite at no charge.

3. Is this a good rainy day activity?

Visiting the Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island is the perfect rainy day activity! Most of the park is covered, with some indoor areas, as well. Even though most of it is covered, however, it is still recommended to bring an umbrella or rain jacket, for the few areas of the park that are not completely covered.

4. Does the aquarium offer animal encounters?

Animal encounters and programs are just one of the amazing activities offered at the Gulfarium! Please be aware that general admission tickets do not include animal encounters, animal encounters must be purchased separately. If you do purchase an animal encounter, you will also need to purchase a general admission ticket to enter the park, as well. Animal encounters that are offered include: Dolphin Splash Encounter, Discover Dolphins Encounter, VIP “Trainer for a Day” Experience, Discover Turtles Encounter, Discover Harbor Seals, Discover Penguins, Discover Sea Lions, and Kids Reptile Safari.

5. What time are the animal shows?

The Gulfarium’s animal shows and chats go on throughout the day, so there is plenty to see and do no matter when you get to this amazing aquarium! The first show starts at 10:00am, and the last show starts at 4:00pm. For a full list of show times, please click here:


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