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4 Reasons Why Your Family Should Visit the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Take your family to the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park while you’re at Fort Walton Beach! Small children to adults will love seeing all the marine animals the park has. Plus, learn more about each animal by walking through the Gulfarium and attending chats and shows. Look at these 4 reasons why your family should visit the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park:

1. Up Close with Animals

If anyone in your family loves animals, then attending one of the Animal Encounters is the perfect way to spend a day at the Gulfarium! Meet dolphins or get in the water with them while a trainer has them do tricks. Snorkel with stingrays in the bay, and meet harbor seals up close. Touch snacks and other reptiles at the reptile safari. There are also encounters with sea lions, alligators, turtles, and penguins. During the summer, you can even have breakfast with the dolphins! Enjoy your breakfast on the deck of the Dolphin Point exhibit and watch these beautiful creatures eat their breakfast too! You won’t run out of fun, up close encounters with all the animals!

2. Wide Variety of Creatures

alligator sun bathingAt the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, you’ll come across a wide variety of creatures. You’ll be able to see dolphins swim around and watch penguins play with each other. Stingrays swim around each other in the water too, and you can even touch some of them! See alligators sunbathe to regulate their temperature, and watch many reptiles in their habitats. Sea lions and harbor seals will wave at you. You will also see sharks, fish, otters, and all different kinds of birds.

3. Watch a Show

You will find plenty of shows at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. At the Dolphin Theater, you can watch bottlenose dolphins play with each other, splash, leap, and do tricks. The seating is first come, first serve. Shows are played every day at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. At the Shoreline Theater, you can watch the Sea Lion Show. Discover how these creatures play around with each other and learn about their cleverness. Shows are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Seating at the sea lion show is also first come, first serve. The kids will love seeing these creatures be playful!

4. Learn About the Animals

brown otterYou can find plenty of chats about all of the animals in the Gulfarium. At these talks, you can learn about the creatures in depth, such as what they eat, how they interact with each other, and how they behave. The time depends on what chat you want to hear. Talks happen frequently throughout the day. You can hear talks on otters, penguins, harbor seals, creatures in the ocean, sharks, and reptiles. Everyone finds feeding time fascinating, so you definitely don’t want to miss out on watching crocodiles being fed. You and your kids will learn so much when you visit the Gulfarium!


Spending a day at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is perfect for animal lovers! Everyone gets to see their favorite marine animal and learn more about them and how people can protect them and their environment. Since you know what you want to do on your trip, book a vacation rental in Fort Walton Beach today!

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