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General FAQs

 
Where is Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park located?
We are located at 1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548, a quarter mile east of Brooks Bridge on Okaloosa Island. Directions
 
What are the hours of operation?  Are you open in the winter?
We are open daily at 9:00 a.m. all year round.  Admissions closes at 4:30 p.m. during the spring and summer months and closes at 3:30 p.m. during the fall and winter months. We are closed only on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
 
What is there to do at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park?
With endless animal encounter opportunities, dolphin and sea lion shows, daily animal chats, and amazing exhibits to view, your visit will be filled with fun and adventure!  View our hours and schedule here.
 
The dolphin and sea lion shows are performed daily and seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition, we offer scheduled chats by the reptile, shark, and otter exhibits and even if you haven’t yet signed up for an animal encounter, you will be able to view the encounters as they happen and see several fun behaviors and demonstrations by our animal residents.
 
How long should I expect our visit to last?
You can expect to spend several hours or half a day at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.  Our Dive-In Eatery offers lunch selections that can be enjoyed at one of the picnic tables directly adjacent to Seal Harbor.
 
Is this a good rainy day activity?
The majority of this outdoor park is covered with awnings.  On rainy days, it is a good idea to bring an umbrella or rain coat for the short walk from your car to the front entrance and for the few areas in the park that are uncovered. Shows and encounters continue rain or shine though severe weather may cause short delays.
 
Can I swim with dolphins at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park?
We offer several animal encounters for you to get up-close and personal with our marine life residents!  We currently do not offer a full immersion swim with the dolphins.  The two dolphin encounters, Discover Dolphins and Dolphin Splash Encounter will provide you the opportunity to touch, feed, play and give behaviors signals to the dolphins will learning about this incredible species.
 
Can I bring my pet in to Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park?
With the exception of service dogs, pets are not allowed at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. In addition, pets cannot be left in vehicles during your visit, please make arrangements to leave pets at home.
 
Can I bring food or drink into the park?
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park does not permit coolers, glass containers, outside food or beverages, or picnic lunches to be brought inside the park. Guests with special diets, baby formula or baby food may bring their items into the park. We offer onsite food and drink concessions and/or park guests can leave the park for lunch and return on the same day by showing their admission receipt upon re-entry. 
 
Are there special discounts for admissions?
We offer various discounts including military, group rates, and annual passes.  Please visit our reservations page for more information or call 850-243-9046 for assistance.
 
Can I buy an annual pass?
Absolutely!  An annual pass is a great way to explore Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park over and over again where a new adventure awaits each time you visit!  Learn more about annual passes.
 
Can I hold a private function?
The Living Sea room at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park provides a unique and memorable setting for an evening event.  Please visit our events page to start the planning process.
 
Can I volunteer at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park?
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is not a non-profit facility and cannot take volunteers at this time.  However, we have extensive internship opportunities year-round and you can view our employment opportunities here.
 
What type of research or conservation efforts is the Gulfarium involved in?
The mission of the Gulfarium’s research and conservation efforts is to significantly contribute to and participate in scientific research and conservation projects that are important to the preservation of marine life in the wild as well as the advancement of husbandry for animals in zoological parks and aquariums while sharing and fostering this passion in our visitors and the general public.  Learn more.
 

    ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

  • Dolphin Splash Encounter >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Dolphin Splash Encounter

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $169.00
      Duration: 20 Minutes
    • Enter the dolphins’ world for an unforgettable experience as you get up close and personal with these sleek and graceful animals. While in shallow water, you will play, touch, and learn about our Atlantic bottlenose dolphins alongside a Gulfarium trainer.

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  • Stingray Bay Snorkel >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Stingray Bay Snorkel

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 1 Hour
      (20-25 min in-water)
    • Immerse yourself in a bay of wonder as you snorkel with stingrays and sharks! You’ll be provided all the snorkel gear needed to marvel at the beauty and graceful nature of these mystifying creatures.

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  • Discover Penguins >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Penguins

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 20 Minutes
    • 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.

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  • Discover Seals & Sea Lions (ends March 2, 2018) >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Seals & Sea Lions (ends March 2, 2018)

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $49.00
      Duration: 15 Minutes
    • No need to choose between your favorite fin-footed mammals! Our trainers will introduce you to gentle seals and spunky sea lions during this exciting interactive encounter.

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  • Discover Dolphins >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Dolphins

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $35.00
      Duration: 5 Minutes
    • 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.

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  • Discover Turtles >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Turtles

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 45 Minutes
    • 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!

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  • Discover Gators >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Gators

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $15.00
      Duration: 15 Minutes
    • 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.

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  • Discover Stingrays >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Stingrays

    • Ages: 4 and Up
      Price: $15.00
      Duration: 15 Minutes
    • 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.

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  • Kids Reptile Safari >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Kids Reptile Safari

    • Ages: 3 and Up
      Price: $15.00
      Duration: 25 Minutes
    • Are reptiles creepy creatures or cute critters? You be the judge! Meet several of Gulfarium's cold-blooded residents including turtles, lizards, snakes, and alligators.

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  • Dolphin Star >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Dolphin Star

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $15.00
      Duration: 3 Minutes
    • 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! 

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  • VIP Trainer >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    VIP Trainer

    • Ages: 13 and Up
      Price: $379.00
      Duration: 5 Hours
    • Ever wonder what it's like to be a marine mammal trainer 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, you'll learn and practice all it takes to train and care for all of our marine mammal residents, including dolphins!

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  • Sunset Camp >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Sunset Camp

    • Ages: 6 to 14
      Price: $89.00
      Duration: 5 Hours
    • 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.

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  • Dolphin Doodle (ends March 2, 2018) >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Dolphin Doodle (ends March 2, 2018)

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Price: $79.00
      Duration: 10 Minutes
    • Let your creative side go wild as you team up with one of our talented dolphin artists to create a one-of-a-kind work of art!  You choose the colors, hold the canvas, and leave the rest up to your new finned friend!  This dockside encounter includes an opportunity to touch and feed a dolphin. 

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  • Breakfast with the Dolphins (summer only) >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Breakfast with the Dolphins (summer only)

    • Ages: 5 and Up
      Prices: Breakfast with the Dolphins Ages 5 through 12 - $89.00
      Breakfast with the Dolphins Ages 13 and up - $99.00
      Duration: 1 Hour
    • Start your day with a smile as you enjoy a delicious breakfast with the company of dolphins on the deck of our Dolphin Point exhibit. While your meal is prepared, you will have the opportunity to touch and feed the dolphins and interact with the trainers to learn more about our finned family

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  • Discover Harbor Seals (begins March 3, 2018) >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Harbor Seals (begins March 3, 2018)

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 10 Minutes
    • Gentle, yet playful, our Harbor seals will melt your heart while you touch and feed them during this special interaction.

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  • Discover Sea Lions (begins March 3, 2018) >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Discover Sea Lions (begins March 3, 2018)

    • Ages: 8 and Up
      Price: $39.00
      Duration: 10 Minutes
    • 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!

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  • SPECIAL PROGRAMS

  • Birthday Party Package >V
  • Dolphin Trainer

    Birthday Party Package

    • Ages: All ages
      Prices: Birthday Party Deposit - $50.00
      Balance - $250.00
      Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
      (duration refers to Living Sea room rental; party can explore the park anytime between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.)
    • 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.

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