Visit the #1 Panama City Beach Marine Park: Shows, Tickets, Photos & More
Splash on down to Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach for an amazing day out and about with the family! Action-packed and always a new experience, the Panama City Beach Marine Park boasts some of the most dazzling displays of marine wildlife you will find anywhere!
From dolphins to sea lions, sharks, and penguins, get an up-close-and-personal look at these amazing creatures as they dance, feed, and swim! TripShock has the best deals on admission tickets, right here, right now. So what are you waiting for? Check out the #1 Panama City Beach Marine Park and learn about their shows, tickets, see photos, and more!
Table of Contents
- Why Visit the #1 Panama City Beach Marine Park?
- Dolphin Swims
- Dolphin Encounter
- Royal Swim
- Dolphin Swim Adventure
- Stingray Bay
- Animal Encounters
Why Visit the #1 Panama City Beach Marine Park?
When it comes to aquariums in Panama City Beach, Gulf World, pictured above, has it all
This Panama City Beach marine park is not your typical aquarium. Offering daily shows, dolphin swims, interactive programs, and so much more, this local marine park has been creating unforgettable family memories since its opening in 1970!
This marine park is also home to some wildly incredible and unique wildlife, which will leave you and your family in awe! Some amazing animals you may encounter while there include:
- Bottlenose Dolphins
- California Sea Lions
- Harbor Seals
- African Penguins
This marine park in Panama City Beach is also home to the only collection of rough-toothed dolphins in long-term human care in the country. Needless to say, visiting Gulf World is something you and your family won’t soon forget!
According to a recent TripShock blog, the Panama City Beach marine park is one of the best places to swim with dolphins in Florida
The bottlenose dolphin is one of the smartest, most agile creatures in the ocean. These majestic sea mammals travel in groups or "pods" of about 10 to 30, and can be found in most temperate and tropical waters worldwide, including the Gulf Coast.
On top of being incredibly smart and nimble, dolphins are also quite personable. Get to know Flipper and the entire cast of dolphins local to this Panama City Beach marine park with one of several amazing dolphin swim tours. Plus, with year round access, there's no reason not to make your way down to the park today!
As far as dolphin swim tours in Panama City Beach go, the Dolphin Encounter at Gulf World is a great option for the little ones
The Dolphin Encounter Swim is designed for families with small children and curious adults alike. A terrific educational experience, learn more about these amazing species by interacting with them in the pool! In addition to standing in the pool, swimming, and meeting the dolphins face-to-face, attendees also get to participate in the "hand target" exercise where dolphins actually jump to touch your hands! Even better, each Dolphin Encounter Swim comes with a free kiss and a hug (cue collective "Aww").
The Royal Swim is more affordable than ever with Panama City Beach dolphin swim coupons available
Arguably the most fun and unique of the several swim programs, this adventure is designed to blow your expectations out of the water. No, seriously. The dolphins will push you from the soles of your feet and you will rise out of the water, so strike a pose and enjoy the view from above! Truly incredible! And, of course, with any Royal Swim you get a kiss, hug, and a handshake!
Dolphin Swim Adventure
According to a recent Traveler Story, the Dolphin Swim Adventure is described as, “the adventure of a lifetime”
This is definitely one opportunity to interact with dolphins like you’ve never imagined. The Dolphin Swim Adventure is different from the Royal Swim, but equally intense and fast paced. Grab ahold of the dolphin's pectoral fins and go on a sweet stroll by way of the belly-ride! Action and adventure aplenty! And if you were wondering, the answer is yes, you totally get a hug, kiss, and handshake while you're at it!
Pictured above is just one of the many stingrays you’ll encounter when visiting Stingray Bay at Gulf World
Head on down to Stingray Bay for 20,000 gallons of indoor habitat and all of the beautiful, majestic cownose stingrays you can handle. A relative of sharks, stingrays are a cartilaginous fish local to tropical and subtropical waters.
Speaking of handle, can you handle handling a stingray in person? We sure hope so, because that's what Stingray Bay is all about! Interact with and even feed these stealthy, slippery species as they glide effortlessly through your fingers and around the giant tank. Please be aware that because the professionals at the marine park regulate how much the stingrays eat, you should check the daily schedule to make sure you can participate!
For showtimes and feeding schedules, please visit https://gulfworldmarinepark.com/show-schedule/
This Panama City Beach marine park also has a long list of incredible encounters besides dolphins and stingrays. For example, you can see staff feed nurse sharks and sea turtles at their Shark and Turtle Channel, and even learn a thing or two about marine conservation. Or, if you have any more space in your brain, you can meet up with and learn the difference between seals and sea lions!
How about the birds? You had better believe they've got them! Penguins and parrots inhabit the grounds and are each silly, yet spectacular, in their own way. Squawk, speak, or slide, rain or shine, summer or winter, this Panama City Beach marine park has a little something for everyone! Get your tickets today and get on down!
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