Beach front marine park opens with new name & new attractions!
|Visitors feed the penguins through one of |
the many new animal encounters~
The Gulfarium is located at 10101 Miracle Strip Pkwy in Fort Walton Beach, FL in Okaloosa County. Fort Walton Beach is approximately 45 miles east of Pensacola, FL and less than 10 miles west of Destin, FL.
The Gulfarium has been a popular Gulf Coast attraction since 1955! This gulf-front marine park showcases several marine animals including dolphins, sea lions, seals, turtles, sea otters, tropical penguins, alligators, and several species of birds and fish. The Gulfarium also serves as a rehabilitation center and life-long refuge for some injured animals unable to survive in the wild.
Video tour of the Gulfarium
The park is open daily from 9am to 4:30pm. General admission is $19.95 for adults and children ages 3-12 for $11.95 with children under age 3 free and covers entrance to the park and exhibits as well as entrance to the dolphin and sea lion show.
New EncountersThe new animal encounters at the Gulfarium are available for an additional charge and include opportunities to feed and/or interact with marine mammals including stringray, sharks, seals, sea lions, sea otters, turtles, and even dolphins! There are several encounters to choose from. The animal encounters range from $5 to feed the penguins to $349 to spend the day as a VIP marine mammal trainer. Reservations are suggested for animal encounters.
|Visitors snorkel in Stingray Bay with stingrays and sharks! The cost is $34 per participant and includes a 30 minute snorkel.|
Another new attraction is the "Living Sea" which features a huge indoor aquarium with several species of marine life as well as several other aquariums housing octopus, blow fish, sea horses and more.
|Living Sea Aquarium~|
Sea Lion Shows DailyThere are three California Sea Lions who live at the Gulfarium and perform three shows daily at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 2:00pm. The show is entertaining and sure to make you laugh.
|Marine Mammal Trainer works plays with California Sea Lion during a show in Summer 2012~|
|Sea lions play before show at the Gulfarium during 2012 Summer Season~|
There are three dolphins that live at the Gulfarium and boy, are they smart! The dolphin show is one of the most popular attractions at the park. Held three times daily, shows begin at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 3:00pm. Although brief (it only lasts 15-20 minutes) it is well worth the trip to the Gulfarium for this alone. There is some seating, however, seating fills up fast so if you want to get a seat, make sure to get to the show early. If seating is full, you are welcome to stand around the pool and watch like we did for a closer view of the show! Just be careful, you may get splashed.
|Dolphin show at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach, FL~|
|Dolphin relaxes in between tricks during the Dolphin Show at the Gulfarium|
A few more photos of the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and the animals who live here:
|View from observation deck of part of the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and beautiful white sand beaches|
|Seal swims under water at Seal Harbor~|
|Fish in the Living Sea aquarium at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park in Fort Walton Beach, FL ~|
|Dolphin shows off at the Gulfarium in Fort Walton Beach~|
For more information, visit their website or call them at 850-243-9046. What are you waiting for? Plan your trip to the Gulfarium today!
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