Animal Encounters

Ready for the adventure of a lifetime?  Learn more about any of our animal encounters by clicking the Details link.  Advanced reservations are required for participation in animal encounters. Space is limited!

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park makes every effort to make your visit a memorable one.  If you or a family member has any special needs, please fill out our special needs form so that we can provide assistance.


Dolphin Star - preview

Dolphin Star

Take center stage, as an acting veterinarian, while joining our marine mammal trainers dockside during a segment in one of our dolphin shows. This experience includes the opportunity to touch and feed a dolphin! 

Ages: 5 and Up

Discover Dolphins - preview

Discover Dolphins

You won’t help but be enchanted as you meet our 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.

Ages: 5 and Up

Stingray Bay Snorkel - preview

Stingray Bay Snorkel

Immerse yourself in a bay of wonder as you snorkel with stingrays, bamboo sharks and a variety of tropical fish! You’ll be provided all the snorkel gear needed to marvel at the beauty and graceful nature of these mystifying creatures.

Ages: 5 and Up

Discover Harbor Seals - preview

Discover Harbor Seals

Gentle, yet playful, our Harbor seals will melt your heart while you touch and feed them during this special interaction.

Ages: 8 and Up

Reptile Safari - preview

Reptile Safari

Are reptiles creepy creatures or cute critters? You be the judge! Meet several of Gulfarium's cold-blooded residents including turtles, lizards, snakes, or alligators.

Ages: 3 and Up

Discover Penguins - preview

Discover Penguins

Meet our flightless friends of the sea! Participants will have the opportunity to feed and touch an African penguin while learning about these lively and lovable birds.

Ages: 8 and Up

Discover Turtles - preview

Discover Turtles

This turtle-filled encounter will introduce you to our seafaring loggerheads, a variety of fresh water 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 where you will get an up-close and personal experience with these beautiful animals!

Ages: 5 and Up

Discover Sea Lions - preview

Discover Sea Lions

Known for their lively spirit and clever ways, our California sea lions are ready to play! Join the trainers that interact with them every day for a dynamic encounter full of fun and thrills!

Ages: 8 and Up

Discover Gators - preview

Discover Gators

The Gulfarium is home to several life stages of Florida's state reptile, the American alligator. Meet and touch our juvenile gators, then set foot into the large gator habitat for a closer look at these fascinating swamp dwellers.

Ages: 5 and Up

Discover Stingrays - preview

Discover Stingrays

Dip your hands into our Stingray Estuary and marvel at the tranquility of these gentle fish as they glide under your fingertips.  Soak up specifics on stingrays from a Gulfarium aquarist and meet these graceful creatures of the sea from the comfort of dry land.

Ages: 4 and Up

VIP Trainer - preview

VIP Trainer

Ever wonder what it's like to be an animal care specialist at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park? As a VIP Trainer, you can enjoy a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience like no other! Working side-by-side with our trainers and aquarists, you'll learn and practice all it takes to train and care for all of our marine animal residents!

Ages: 13 and Up


Sunset Camp - preview

Sunset Camp

Enjoy an evening out while your children have an unforgettable experience at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.  Includes a dockside encounter with a dolphin, exploratory venture along the beach, ocean-themed activities, and dinner alongside the seals.

Ages: 6 to 14

Birthday Party Package - preview

Birthday Party Package

Celebrate your birthday in a wild and crazy way!  Have a splash-tastic day at the Gulfarium with your friends and family and enjoy lunch “under the sea” surrounded by beautiful tropical fish in our Living Sea event room.

$450 for 15 attendees 

($50.00 deposit required)

Ages: All ages

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