Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is located in Ft Walton Beach, Florida. If you’ve spent many family vacations at the beach, then you know that about halfway through the trip, you really want a ‘dry’ day. A day that involves wearing real clothes and (temporarily) leaving the sand and surf behind.

Gulfarium is a great place to do just that. The park is located directly on the beach so you can see all the shows and exhibits and still have the ocean as a beautiful backdrop.

You will enter the building and purchase you tour tickets. At that time, the employees will let you know about the show schedule for the various animals.


The dolphins are the first animals you will encounter. Their enclosure is a huge, round pool that is two stories deep. As you walk in from the entrance you will be on the lower lever.  There are windows all the way around where you can watch the dolphins swim underwater.

Restrooms, water fountains and other small aquariums are also located in this area. Once you’re done exploring on this level, climb the steps to the upper level to see the Dolphin show.

Stingrays, Turtles, and Seals

Once past the Dolphin Pavilion, you will be outside again. This area contains a snack bar with lots of picnic style seating, a stingray pool, turtle island and a Harbor Seal show.

From this area, you can enjoy all the attractions and the ocean view.  There is a small area for sand play located in this spot and don’t miss the opportunity to take some great vacation photos in the big chair!

GATORS and More!

Moving to the back of Gulfarium, you will find penguins, sharks and otters. Continue on through the park to see the bird sanctuary, the tide pool, and GATORS!

Gulfarium also offers private animal encounter experiences. Investigate these options before your trip and book in advance if possible.

If you are vacationing in the Ft Walton area, consider a trip to Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. It’s a fun place to visit for kids of all ages and as an adult, you’ll probably enjoy it too!

Family Fun Facts

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park (Map)

Open Daily 9AM – 5:30PM   (Closed on Thanksgiving & Christmas)

Admission – Adults (age 13 & up)  $25.95

Child (age 3-12)  $17.95

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Rachel is a Middle Tennessee native, born and raised in the Nashville area and having lived in Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, and Mount Juliet. She is mom to 3, step mom to 4 and Grandma to one (so far!)

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