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Gulf Specimen Marine Lab & Aquarium

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Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A little expensive but the money goes towards the Lab.

It was cool seeing and interacting with some of the touch tanks. Some were a little misleading... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brad I
Fun place to visit with kids

We recently visited with 4 adults and a 2 year old, we enjoyed it so much that we upgraded to a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Morgan R
Crawfordville, Florida
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Come see and touch Marine life for fun and education. Everything from sponges and algae to seahorses, sharks, and turtles!
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222 Clark Dr, Panacea, FL 32346-2340
+1 850-984-5297
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was cool seeing and interacting with some of the touch tanks. Some were a little misleading about when it was ok to and when not to. It was a little expensive but it goes to a good cause. I would reccomend this attraction. :)

Thank Brad I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently visited with 4 adults and a 2 year old, we enjoyed it so much that we upgraded to a family annual pass. My son likes to look at all of the fish, crabs, shrimp, sharks, etc. Living about 15 minutes away, this is...More

Thank Morgan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved watching the kids interact with the marine life! Interesting to see all the animals that live in the ocean and how they survive.

Thank BEBE S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were trying to kill some time on a Sunday waiting for the hours posted here for this to open. Hubby (who is never late for ANYTHING, lol) suggested going by ‘to make sure we knew where it was’. Surprise- it’s already open! Yay! Nice...More

Thank sandihil
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing is cramped! This is an excellent, thoughtful marine science center than can spark a love of the ocean and her life in young children or adults. Well worth the modest admission with senior discount and children under 3 free. Plan on an hour or...More

Thank dkorwood
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not come here unless you want to see sea animals crammed together, tanks without sand and full of algae, and a sea turtle in a tiny pool with 5 other stingrays. So sad. Was out of there in 5 minutes. Didn't even ask for...More

Thank flrida321
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved this interesting aquarium. I had to basically force my husband and 20 year old son to come here with me. As soon as they walked in they loved it. We especially loved seeing the blue crabs being fed.

Thank BDavis99
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here. It cost $10 each to get in. My friend hesitated due to the price but it’s a not for profit that helps injured animals so we went on in. Not a real large facility and could use a little updating but...More

Thank Shelley G
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Been here twice with the grandchildren. They loved holding the crabs, starfish, hermit crabs and other small Gulf marine life. It’s nice to have other places to take the kids besides the beach. The sea turtles and sharks were a favorite exhibit.

Thank GaryD3635
Reviewed 6 July 2018

We came over for a day visit from St. George Island while on vacation. My kids were super excited about this place since we had told them there were touch tanks. This place is a lot of fun for both kids and adults, not only...More

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26 July 2017|
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Response from jharp2016 | Reviewed this property |
My family and I actually visited while it was raining. All facilities are covered although some are tents.
Linda R
8 August 2015|
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Response from Gary S | Reviewed this property |
$9.50 for age 12 and up. $8.50 for Seniors. $7.50 for kids 3 to 11. All prices are worth it..