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Gulf Specimen Marine Lab & Aquarium

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Closed Now: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Open today: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Wonderful gem in this sleepy little fishing town

We get a yearly pass every year to support Gulf Specimen Lab and Aquarium. They strive to educate... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2018
Athens, Georgia
Pleasantly surprised!

The little place is a bit off the beaten path, but so worth the short detour. We completely... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Blue Ridge, Georgia
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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 25 October 2018

We get a yearly pass every year to support Gulf Specimen Lab and Aquarium. They strive to educate all about the local aquatic life and habitat. My grandchildren love to go at all ages, from 12 to 2 years old and enjoy all the exhibits....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

The little place is a bit off the beaten path, but so worth the short detour. We completely surprised at how close you can get to the little creatures and you are even allowed to pick some of them up. The "touch" tanks are very...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We had seen the signs for years, so when we took family down to our favorite place, we decided to take them in. I was amazed at all the beautiful sea creatures...my grand daughter is an "animal freak"...lol...she loves all animals...and was petting everything that...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kathy B
Reviewed 14 August 2018

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. :)

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Brad I
Reviewed 6 August 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mnrunion
Reviewed 6 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BEBE S
Reviewed 29 July 2018 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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank sandihil
Reviewed 27 July 2018 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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank dkorwood
Reviewed 26 July 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank flrida321
Reviewed 26 July 2018

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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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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..