Gulf World Marine Park is located at 15412 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida 32413. Open daily rain or shine. The marine park is home to a variety of animal species including bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, harbor seals, penguins, tropical birds, stingrays, and African penguins. It is home to the only collection of rough-toothed dolphins in long-term human care in North America. Gulf World is an educational facility and is the most significant contributor to Gulf World Marine Institute, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals and sea turtles.
General admission to the park includes daily shows and exhibits. The show schedule can be found here.
Animal Interactive Programs:
Interactive programs, which includes general admission, are available with a variety of animal species. Guests can choose between three levels of swimming with bottlenose dolphins: dolphin encounter, Swim Adventure or the Royal Swim. Programs are also available with California sea lions, harbor seals, African penguins, stingrays, and rough-toothed dolphins. Guests can interact with multiple species for one price with the VIP Sea Life Experience. Height and/or age restrictions apply.
Gulf World is now open year round (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day). Regular hours are 9:30 – 4:30.
We invite you to Come for the experience and leave with a mission to help the environment.
Gulf World History:
Gulf World was built in 1969 and opened to the public Memorial Day Weekend 1970. Generations of families have visited Gulf World throughout the years as the park has become a staple family destination in Panama City Beach. An expansion of Gulf World was completed in 2000, adding an indoor garden and bottlenose dolphin stadium. Dolphin Discovery acquired Gulf World in October of 2015.