Dolphin Encounter

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This program is designed for all ages to have a great learning experience and meeting; to know more about the wonderful dolphins by interacting with them. The hand-target is very entertaining as the dolphin will jump to touch your hands. You will also receive a kiss and a hug unforgettable! Behaviors: Kiss, Hand shake, Hand Target, Hug, Free time (various activities)

Duration: approx. 30 minutes shared time with a group.


  • Participants (48 inches and above) $99
  • Participants (40 inches – 47 inches above) $79 – must be accompanied in the water by a paying participant 18 yrs + (one on one)
  • **children age 1 and up to 39 inches tall – complimentary with accompanying paying adult participant (18+) in the water


  • An all-day admission to Gulf World is included with your ‘Swim With a Dolphin’ encounter. Please set aside extra time to explore the park.


  • Swimsuit and towels.
  • Photos of your experience with dolphins.
  • Food and beverage.
  • Transportation


  • 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.
  • No cameras are allowed.


  • Anyone that has any medical restrictions, special needs, prosthetics, or pacemakers is required to call 850-234-5271 to make your reservation.
  • Participants must be at least 48 inches tall to do program by themselves

  • 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 program at check in.
  • Expectant mothers are not eligible to participate in this program.
  • Kids must wear water diaper if they are not potty trained.
  • Participants must be able to speak and understand English.
  • Participants must be free of open wounds and show no signs of illness.
  • No refunds unless cancelled by Gulf World.


  • The use of life vests is required in all water programs.
  • At Gulf World we have groups of up to 20 people.
  • Every Swim with a Dolphin encounter is photographed by our professional photographers.
  • Professional prints or CD may be purchased after the encounter in the Photography Center.
  • Please leave valuables at home. Limited lockers are available.
  • Availability: every day Gulf World Marine Park is open (weather permitting)
  • Cancellation Policy: All sales are final and non-refundable unless cancelled by Gulf World.


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