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Gulf World Marine Park  hours are 9:30am to 4pm

(guests that have early swim times will enter at 9am)

We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance due to limitations on capacity.

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Thank you to everyone who has been following us during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our animal care team has been busy focusing on the health and well being of our animals.  Gulf World Marine Park has and will continue to follow public health, state, and local government guidelines for restarting our operation.

We have missed our wonderful guests and look forward to welcoming everyone back in a safe manner.

The following procedures will be in place for an undetermined amount of time, and we will update as needed:

  • All guests are required to wear a mask/face shield while inside buildings.
  • We will be open from 9:30 am to 4 pm (guests with early swim times enter at 9am)
  • All surfaces will be sanitized consistently with CDC guidelines. Additional sanitation stations have been installed throughout the park to ensure hand sanitation.
  • Social distancing protocol is in place and signage is posted throughout the property
  • We will be offering all three of our daily show presentations.

All Gulf World team members and guests will have their temperature checked with a non-touch thermometer before entering the park.

We will be enhancing our daily cleaning procedures following the CDC guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting to protect our guests and staff.

Thank you very much for all of your support.


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:

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 all year (except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day).

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. Gulf World joined the Dolphin Discovery family in October of 2015.

Live the experience of a lifetime at Gulf World in Panama City Beach! Enjoy daily educational shows featuring dolphins, sea lions, tropical birds and more. Touch and feed stingrays and explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits that are home to a variety of animal species. Daily shows and educational chats are included with the purchase of general admission or an interactive program! Gulf World is open daily, rain or shine! Come for the experience, leave with a mission to help the environment. See you in the splash zone!