Address: 15412 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32413 View Map
Phone: (850) 234-5271

About Us

Welcome to Gulf World in Panama City Beach, Florida, a place for the whole family to explore. Play and swim with a dolphin. Enjoy daily live shows featuring dolphins, sea lions, reptiles and tropical birds. Explore fascinating exhibits showcasing penguins, flamingos, sharks, alligators, sea turtles and more. Your adventure begins here.

The Daily Park Shows at Gulf World are unlike anything else on Panama City Beach. You can experience sea and wildlife in a way you that will leave you with memories for a lifetime. And one price gets you all the fun. Our daily shows include; the Dolphin Show, the Sea Lion Show, the Feather and Friends Show, The Underwater Scuba Demonstration and a live Shark and Turtle Feeding. The fun happens daily! Once price gives you an all-day admission to the park to enjoy all of our shows and exhibits including Stingray Bay, or receive complimentary admission to the park with purchase of an interactive program.

There are three levels of swim with dolphin programs; the Royal Swim, Swim Adventure and Dolphin Encounter. Guests also have an opportunity to enter the water with Stingrays during the Stingray Encounter. Pool side Meet N Greet programs are available with Bottlenose Dolphins, Sea Lions and Rough-toothed Dolphins. You can become a Trainer for a day, attend a Dolphin Day Camp, Snooze With Sea life, dost a Birthday Party or a Special Event. Live the Experience of a Lifetime Today!

Daily Shows

Bottlenose Dolphin Show - 12:30 & 3:30

Sea Lion & Rough Toothed Dolphin Show - 11:00 & 2:30

Feathers & Friends Show - 10:00 & 1:30

Stingray Feed Times - 10:30, 12:00, 2:00 & 3:00

Underwater Scuba Demonstration - 11:45 & 4:00

Shark & Turtle Feeding - 12:00 & 4:15

Information for Moms

Gulf World Marine Institute Stranding Team lead by stranding coordinator Secret Holmes-Douglas responded to a call from NOAA Fisheries on Saturday night at approximately 11:30pm.(Full Story)
Gulf World Marine Institute (GWMI) will be releasing a juvenile Green Sea Turtle back to the St Joe Bay on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 10am EST. (Full Story)
Gulf World Marine Institute resident veterinarian Lydia Staggs DVM conducted a very delicate surgery on an endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle named Captain Hook. (Full Story)
Gulf World Marine Institute (GWMI) will be releasing a sub adult Loggerhead Sea Turtle back to the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, July 8th.(Full Story)
Record Number of Aquariums, Zoos, and Museums
to Host Celebrations for World Oceans Day on June 8th (Full Story)
Gulf World Marine Institute released a Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle back into the Gulf of Mexico on the morning of May 30th 2012. (Full Story)
Gulf World Marine Park will be releasing 16 sea turtles at Money Bayou in Port St. Joe. (Full Story)
Gulf World Marine Park responded to a call about a stranded dolphin at St. Andrews State Park. A team was sent to assess the dolphin’s condition.(Full Story)

Park Info

Creating memories that last a lifetime…

Gulf World Marine Park creates memories for your entire family.  At Gulf World, you’ll see animal shows, fascinating exhibits, and you’ll experience hands-on interaction with our animals.  So, take a deep breath and introduce yourself to the experience of a lifetime!

Come to Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach, Florida, and see shows featuring dolphins, sea lions tropical birds and reptiles.  Explore fascinating exhibits showcasing penguins, flamingos, sharks, alligators, sea turtles, and much more. Stop by the stingray bay habitat to get up close and personal with these fascinating cownose and southern stingrays. Make reservations today to Swim with a Dolphin, become a Trainer for a Day, attend Dolphin Day Camp or Snooze with the Sea Life! Stingray Encounters are now available as well as Meet N Greets with our bottlenose dolphins, Rough toothed dolphins and California sea lions.

  •     Established in 1969
  •     A Marine Mammal Public Display Facility which is licensed by the Federal Government
  •     Area Coordinator for the Southeast Marine Mammal Stranding Network
  •     Accredited Member of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquarium

We open daily rain or shine. 9:30 am – 4:30 pm You are welcome to leave the park and return the same day with your hand stamped or your receipt.

Payment: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Travelers Checks are accepted.
ATM available in the Gift Shop and Photo Booth 

Plenty of free parking! 

Food and Refreshments:  

A Variety of Delicious foods… Grilled chicken, burgers, dogs and other items are available at the Gulf World Grille. The Snack Bar offers pizza, popcorn, ice cream, drinks, candy and lots more. In the evening the Tiki Bar is open during evening shows. The Gulf World Grille may be closed during some slower seasons, however the Snack Bar is open daily.

Note: No food, beverages or coolers are allowed to be brought into the park.  

Note: Some interactive programs may have height restrictions.  

All prices, policies and programs are subject to change without notice.

Ticket Options
General Park AdmissionAdults: $29.00 + tax
Children ages 5 – 11  $19.00 + tax
Children 4 and under are our guest  

General Park admission includes: An all-day pass to our animal shows showcasing Dolphins, Sea Lions, Tropical Birds and Reptiles; an Underwater Scuba demonstration and a Shark and Sea Turtle feeding session; hourly feedings and all day touching available at Stingray Bay, as well as Exhibits showcasing sharks, alligators, penguins, sea turtles, flamingos, and much more; Tropical Gardens.

 *** Yearly Pass Benefits ***
Adults ages 12 and up  $65 + tax
Child ages 5 – 11 $45 + tax

Yearly Pass allows you UNLIMITED ADMISSION to the park for one year from the date of purchase. Receive special discounts every month during your year membership.

    35% off interactive programs*
    20% off retail food and beverage
    Bring a friend weekend  –  2nd weekend of the month

* Yearly pass is valid on days of operation one year from date of purchase. *Interactive program discounts are not available June July and days the park is closed. *The terms of this yearly pass can be changed at any time. *Interactive programs include swim with dolphins, trainer for a day and animal meet n greet programs *Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts *Call 850-234-5271 to make your reservations of any programs or email

Group Rates:
Group rates are available for 20 or more guests. For more information call 850-234-5271

School Groups:
School group rates are available. For more information call 850-234-5271



Take a trip out of your classroom and into ours during a field trip to Gulf World Marine Park! We offer special group rates and field trip opportunities to school groups, boy and girl scout troops, and many more groups and organizations.

During your time at Gulf World, your group will encounter exciting animals from around the world, including dolphins, sea lions, alligators, sharks, penguins, flamingos and tropical birds. Through experiential learning and up-close animal interactions, students will discover the importance of the ocean’s fragile ecosystem—as well as ways to protect the environment in their everyday lives.

Here at the park, we also realize the emphasis teachers place on state educational standards. To help with curriculum planning, therefore, we have created many helpful activities, games and lesson plans to assist teachers in the classroom—before, during, and after a field trip to Gulf World.
For more information on field trip opportunities, please contact us at

Gulf World Marine Park