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Gulf World, Panama City Beach

(4.1/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
Gulf World offers shows with dolphins, sea lions, birds, reptiles, sharks, and turtles, plus guest interactions with animals. Attend a show or two and see tropical gardens showcasing penguins, flamingos, alligators, iguanas, and other wild critters. Contact the park to reserve your spot at the pool to swim and play with dolphins. Meet sea lions up close, and work with the trainers to learn how the animals are cared for. A ticket for this park allows you to come and go throughout the day. To visit Gulf World on your trip to Panama City Beach, use our Panama City Beach tourist route planner.
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  • Went with grandkids; they loved it. Too young to know better. But the environment for the animals is exceedingly poor. Mainly concrete pools with little relief. If they are not crazy it would make the...  more »
  • We bought tickets in advance, nice discount. The park was clean, everyone so friendly, and educated. The shows were entertaining and educational. Great attraction.  more »
  • The park is small but well kept. The real value is the animal experiences. We did the sea lions and the dolphin meeting. The staff worked hard to make sure that we had fun while keeping us and the ani...  more »
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  • What these trainers do with dolphins is jaw-dropping. Compares to any of the big water/sea life attractions anywhere else in the world. The Royal Swim is an absolutely wonderful experience that I'd recommend anyone to try that likes being in contact with dolphins. Very good for people of all ages and everything is readily handicap accessible.
  • Learned a lot from this place! Very hands-on experience. It is somewhat small, but it wasn't crowded and my son absolutely loved it. The dolphins were incredible. Loved the manta rays. You can tell the trainers really care about the animals. Very clean too.
  • Great family park. They do an excellent job with the animals. The sea lion kiss was something my son will remember forever. Nice staff, educational, and very interactive. Well worth every penny we spent there!
  • We had a really good time here, getting kisses, splashed - might want to sit four rows up for the dolphin show because dolphins are not only smart and athletic, they are great at drenching the crowd! There are beautiful birds, turtles, and you can pet stringrays in a huge stingray pool. Pro tip is call ahead info and get there when the doors open, will make things much easier.
  • a Must go to place every time my children and grands visit! beautifully revamped love the shows.. photographers were wonderful with my littlest Grands! the photos were exceptional!