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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
850-243-9046

History:

 Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park has entertained millions since its inception in 1955. In the early 1950's J.B. "Brandy" Siebenaler, a well-respected marine researcher and graduate of the University of Miami's Marine Laboratory, had a vision to display marine life in a way that visitors to this area had never seen before. Brandy sold the developers of northwest Florida the idea that Fort Walton Beach needed an aquarium, a tourist attraction, and scientific research center.


Mission:

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is dedicated to educating, entertaining, and inspiring our guests to respect and preserve wildlife by providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages to connect with marine life. 

Come and visit this Marine Show Aquarium. Providing both an educational and entertaining experience, while inspiring people of all ages to learn more about the marine world around them.



Reviews

Don Hunter

Rating:
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
What a lot of fun. They have a lot of small dolphin related shows. Not corny but entertaining. Also the walk through the park is very interesting and informative with the other animals they have there. It is a great place for kids too, they have a lot of neat animal shows and informative displays. If your in the area try it out.

Marlin Caddell

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The Gulfarium was an absolutely great place to take both my kiddos (ages 3 and 1.5). My youngest absolutely loved the sea lion show and my oldest loved the dolphin show. The team at the Gulfarium does a great job of talking about the animals in a fun and educational way. Top notch fun place to see lots of sea animals. Some details about the location: 1) They have an inside area where you can walk around in a circle to see the dolphin exhibit. The dolphins are swimming under the water, so you can really get up close to them through the glass. 2) In the inside area, they also have a very large tank where you can see lots of different fish in there. (My oldest daughter loved the little shark they have in there.) They also have other smaller tanks with different fish in there. 3) In the outside areas, they had an exhibit for penguins, alligators, baby crocodiles, tortoises, sharks, otters, stingrays, various birds, etc. 4) They have a "petting area" where you can touch a starfish and some other marine animals. The only suggestion I would make if they wanted to take the experience over the top is if they had a few more opportunities (with general admission) to pet some of the animals. Again, if you are looking for a fun place to take the kids, this is a great one!

Kim L. Hodge

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Sunday, June 17, 2018
VERY nice place for ALL. The ONLY thing I can say negative is, the Dolphin show and the Sea Lion shows were short. Less than 30 minutes for each. Would have enjoyed a longer show. Everything else was extremely enjoyable. Highly recommend this for families with kids!!

angel

Rating:
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Completely worth the price! Very educational & interesting for all ages. Even offers a free "tide pool" area so you or your toddler can touch starfish, crabs, and rocks! My dad says it was "excellent, I'm glad we went. It was definitely worth the money, especially compared to other aquariums we've been to."

Sara Kemker

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Very unimpressed and sad. All of the enclosures were dirty, the reptiles didn't have nearly enough humidity (the chameleon had horribly cracked skin), and pretty much all of the turtles had moss build up on their shells with some being so bad you can't even see their shell. All of the enclosures were a throwback to the 70s/80s and have obviously never been updated. All of the birds were puffed up like they were freezing and NO ONE is watching the tide pool. I had to tell a child to stop holding a horseshoe crab by its tail and he obviously didn't know any better. Walls were cracked, bars were rusted. The otter enclosure had the bare minimum - no toys for them to play with; same with the harbor seals. I only gave the 1 star because none of the animals were dead as far as I could tell. DO NOT GIVE THESE PEOPLE YOUR MONEY.

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