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30 min.
Dolphin Discovery at Gulf World Panama City Beach
Caresses, Kiss, Hand target

Dolphin Encounter Florida

Perfect for the whole family!

If you’re planning to visit the incredible powder-white sand and turquoise-blue water of Panama City Beach, Florida anytime soon, you surely have to visit Gulf World by Dolphin Discovery. Visiting this awesome tourist attraction is the best chance you and your family will have to be in direct contact with the most incredible marine mammals of the world while you learn about their environment and other species.

Gulf World, where the whole family will have a blast discovering the marine life beauty is the perfect place to make your swimming with dolphins dream come true with our wonderful encounter program.

You and your loved ones will enjoy hanging out with the dolphins while you receive the most lovely kiss ever, the coziest hug and the coolest handshake you’ll ever have. Our marine mammal specialists will complete your experience by teaching you some interesting data about the marine mammals and very important information and tips that will help us all take care of our environment and make a greener world, so that’s why we ask for your help and ask you to use only biodegradable sunscreen.

Our facilities have been specially built so our dolphins can have the best care while our visitors have the once in a lifetime opportunity to create a bond of love with this lovely species.

Remember that at Gulf World we love to offer our visitors the best time of their life, that’s why with your swimming with dolphins program we include the park admission so you can enjoy all the other attractions we have for you: the greatest and funniest sea lion show of all time, the best dolphin educational show, the stingray and turtle feed presentations and the awesome feather and friends show perfect for the entire family.

So there’s no more to think, book now and live the experience of a lifetime!

Adults (+4.6 ft.) $ 193,32USD
Kids (3.3 - 4.6 ft.) $ 160,92USD

* Daily

    • 10:00 AM
    • 11:00 AM
    • 02:00 PM

  • Handshake
  • Hand Target
  • Hug
    • General Admission (includes all shows and exhibits)
    • Sea Lion and Rough-toothed Dolphin Show.
    • Dolphin Educational Show
    • Feathers & Friends Show
    • Shark and Turtle Feeding
    • Stingray touch pool
    • All our prices include taxes
Infants (- 3.3 ft.) * Kids must swim with a paying adult.
Photos of your experience with dolphins (available for an additional price).
Food or drinks from the Snack Bar.

Duration approximately 30 minutes.

Due to limited space, only 1 paid observer per swimmer over 18 is allowed. Observers are required to pay regular admission fee plus a $5 observer fee. Swimmers under 18 may have one complimentary observer, with the option to pay $5 for 1 extra observer.

Observers are required to pay regular admission fees.

Please arrive at least 30 min before your scheduled swim time and account for high season traffic. Programs that have to be rescheduled will be charged a $25 fee per participant.
Participants must be at least 48 inches tall to do program alone
Participants from 40 to 47 inches must be accompanied with paying adult
Participants below 48 inches tall must be accompanied by a paying program participant 18 or older in the water one on one.
Participants will be measured before participating in the program at check in.
Swimmers under 18 may have one complimentary observer, with the option to pay $5 for 1 extra observer.
No refunds will apply if children do not fit the height policies.
Expectant mothers are not eligible to participate in this program.
At Dolphin Discovery Panama City groups are up to 20 people.
Participants must be able to speak and understand English.
Participants must be free of open wounds and show no signs of illness.
Infants must wear a water diaper if they are not potty trained.
For security reasons, the use cameras in the water is not allowed, professional photos will be available for sale.
You will find signs around the front entrance of the Park that will enable guests and Park employees to determine if someone qualifies for the children price or not. Guest will be measured with their shoes on.
It is very important to arrive to the park 60 minutes before your program, remember you'll receive a short briefing before your swim.
If you have any health condition or physical disability please contact our call center before you make your reservation so we can provide you full information about our services.
Please consider 3-4 hours to enjoy the park and the activities.
Remember to use biodegradable sunscreen to protect your skin, the environment and marine species.
Bring your swimsuit and towel (recommended wearing suit under clothes), cash for taxis, shopping, meals, etc.
Please leave valuables at home, limited lockers are available.
Please do not leave children unattended.
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