Gulf Specimen Aquarium, Panacea

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#5 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Florida Panhandle
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  • All in all the aquarium was pretty good. They had a variety of smaller species, but not a lot of visitors. The tanks were much closer than you'd see in a major aquarium. There was a lot of stuff outsi...  more »
  • If you are in the area and like marine life, you MUST visit this place. It looks small but we spent about 4.5 hours here. My granddaughter loved it and so did her mother and I. There is so many things...  more »
  • Found a brochure for the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab & Aquarium where we were staying. I like aquariums and it sounded interesting. This was definitely better than an aquarium. Many touch tanks and lots ...  more »
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  • For the price you would think there would be a tour guide to explain more about the animals. Or someone to look over the tanks. Since some teenagers can't read the no touch tank signs. That kept touching them. And while other small children watched them. Was a neat place to see. And loved being able to touch a few things. Just wish we had someone that worked there Be out watching and or explaining more about the creatures. Also some tanks said they had stuff in them But didn't. Just seemed like they was lacking staff really bad!!
  • My granddaughter and I had a wonderful experience at the Gulf Aquarium in Panacea. A guide showed her how to pick up and hold a horseshoe crab. The stingray enjoyed being petted on her wings as much as my granddaughter enjoyed it. We got there at just the right time to help feed the groupers and nurse sharks. What fun!
  • I personally thought the admission price was high, but then I started realizing all that they are trying to do here for the marine life. Kids loved being able to touch crabs and starfish. And the sea turtles and sharks are huge! We ended up spending a few hours here, and all left happy with our experience!
  • We found a brochure for this place at The Pearl and decided to check it out. It is definitely a hidden gem. There were several open tanks that the kids were encouraged to touch and handle the Marine life. Most of them were set up like various beach environments we've seen here in the state. There were some preserved specimens as well, which my son really liked looking at. There are also many "looking" tanks where the animals could bite, but they are still open to allow visitors to get a close look. The sting ray seemed to enjoy splashing us. There were three sea turtles who were unable to be re-released due to injury in "looking" tanks. It was amazing to get that close to these giants. There were several college aged young people working there and they seemed connected with the animals and were quite friendly with guests. I am really glad we found this place.
  • We were pleased with the aquarium and the ability to get up close with so many sea creatures. The staff is friendy . You and your kids will remember your visit here.

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