Children under 3 enter free.
The Gulfarium is definitely not for people who are expecting a smaller version of Seaworld or the Georgia Aquarium but it is a great value for what you pay to get in! Parking is free, admission is reasonable, and there are enough things going on that it will keep everyone entertained.
Check out the dolphin show, visit the section where you can touch many different varieties of sealife, see if you can spot all the alligators in their own secluded section and spend an afternoon learning all about the creatures that come from the very water you will be swimming in later in the day. Great for a rainy day (although much of it is uncovered) or a cooler, non beach kind of day.
The Gulfarium was our favorite part of our Destin trip. It's not overpriced like most aquariums. Parking was easy enough. The dolphin show was fantastic- plenty of room for everyone to either sit or stand. Our 10 month old loved seeing all the animals. Since I'm a frugal-minded mom, I appreciated the reasonably priced concession stand. We sat at a picnic table practically on the beach and ate while our daughter wandered around looking at the pretty scenery. We can't wait to go back!
Only complaint: certain areas weren't very stroller friendly.
We visited there expecting it would take at least a half day. Actually, it turned out to be a very small place and only took a couple of hours including watching dolphin and sea lion shows. If you get bored going to the beach, it might be a good place to visit. But don't expect to see much stuff there.
The gulfarium is a rather small park. There are 2 dolphin shows, a sea lion show, and a diving demonstration. There are several different exhibits to check out, but there's not enough to fill an entire day. This would be a good idea for a rainy day because most everything has an awning.
This is a pretty decent place for the area. There isn't anything like it around. My daughter was 2 years old when we went there and enjoyed herself. It was located at a very convienent location right next to the Ramada Inn where we stayed.
At Fort Walton Beach’s premier attraction, dolphins and seals perform acts and scuba divers demonstrate. The state’s second oldest such facility, it also does rehabilitation and educational work. Gulfarium has a beach setting, which makes it feel more natural to see dolphins leaping into the air.
The Gulfarium is very small and you don't have to plan a whole day for this outing. Tickets are a little pricey, 19.25 for adults and 11.50 for 3-12. We took my 3yo nephew and he had a lot of fun. There is a sea lion show and a dolphin show...you can see them perform together too. We enjoyed the feeding times the most but I think the big touch pool was my nephew's favorite! They offer private dolphin encounters at an additional cost but they book up quickly and your child must be at least 7 and 48".