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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Fort Walton Beach

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Enjoy the show or jump right in and interact with marine life at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Whet your appetite for marine life by taking in the adventure park's popular dolphin and sea lion shows. View the educational exhibits and then prepare yourself for an animal encounter. The park offers a number of opportunities to interact with dolphins, stingrays, penguins, turtles, and many other marine animals. Swim or snorkel with your favorite creatures and still have time to take in the site's ocean view. Plan to see Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Fort Walton Beach vacation trip planner.
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  • Great Park! Very clean and loved the shows. Staff was so nice and told us a lot of cool things about the animals that were not on the signs.  more »
  • I really wish this place could be renovated. The enclosures are pretty small; it would be much nicer to see larger, more open exhibits. Not much has changed since I was a kid. BUT--the staff is caring...  more »
  • This was my first time seeing dolphins in my 26 years, and I had a blast. I'm pretty sure I had more fun than the kids did. They let you hold Mccaws and they had a feel tank. The sea lions kept puttin...  more »
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  • Loved the dolphins and sea lion show! That was about the old good thing they had. You couldn't really see the sharks, and their sea turtle looked miserable. Hardly any fish. Also, the last exhibit was dolphins in a pool. The pool was so small and hardly deep looking. I feel sorry for those dolphins... I can't imagine how miserable that must be for them. I recommend going somewhere else if you want to see a good aquarium.
  • I'll start by saying this, the kids had a great time. Overall the place is not bad, it's not that great for the price to get in. Was roughly $70 to get in and that's pretty high for the limited or stuff that was available. It's a small walk around, maybe an hour tops to look at everything. The animals they have are little but of a selection but the sharks were in a small section, as were the alligators, you could see hit the environment wasn't grand. The best part was the dolphin show, and I attached a photo of the two little ones that got splashed by the dolphins and had no idea it was coming. Funny stuff. Overall not a bad little place to go, rain or shine but the price tag is still rather steep for the maybe hour/hour and half you spend their.
  • It was a wonderful experience, saw the dolphin show and the sea lion show. They were very fun shows. The place did feel a bit dirty, and some areas smelled bad. The park was in a small area, so all the exhibits could be covered quickly if you wanted to or you could watch the animals as long as you want. One of the most interesting exhibits is the alligators, they do a feeding in which the alligators behave like dogs, they get called one by one and fed by the employees. Overall it was a great experience, and I would like to go back.
  • WAY overpriced. The exhibits are all tiny and it took less than an hour to walk through before the shows started. The tanks were way too small for the animals and very plain. They should have more natural looking environments with habitat related murals on their walls. The sad blue chipped and peeling paint was a disappointment and the grit and dirt in the tanks made it look run down and phony. I felt sorry for the animals. Especially the sharks whose tank is about 2 inches wider than the shark itself. Very sorry we spent so much money to leave depressed for the animals. This place needs to lower rates or use the money to upgrade the facility.
  • Amazing way to spend a day. It took us about 3 1/2 hours including the dolphin show and holding a baby alligator! Sooo much fun and a great way to see ocean animals up close even if you don't have money to pay for an "encounter".