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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.

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

Dolphin Splash Encounter

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.

Ages: 8 and Up
 
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Stingray Bay Snorkel

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.

Ages: 5 and Up
 
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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
 
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Discover Seals & Sea Lions (ends March 2, 2018)

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.

Ages: 8 and Up
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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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
 
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Kids 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, and alligators.

Ages: 3 and Up
 
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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
 
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VIP Trainer

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!

Ages: 13 and Up
 
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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
 
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Dolphin Doodle (ends March 2, 2018)

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. 

Ages: 5 and Up
 
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Breakfast with the Dolphins (summer only)

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

Ages: 5 and Up
 
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Discover Harbor Seals (begins March 3, 2018)

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

Ages: 8 and Up
 
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Discover Sea Lions (begins March 3, 2018)

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
 
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SPECIAL PROGRAMS

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.

Ages: All ages
 
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