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Coolest Encounters

07/08/2014 02:36PM ● Published by Melanie Teague

Gulfarium Marine and Adventure Park
1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
(850) 243-9046 or (800) 247-8575 | www.gulfarium.com

Dive in with stingrays and sharks in the Gulfarium Stingray Experience at the Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island. Join Kristy, a previous marine animal and dolphin trainer, as she guides you through the feeding process of the stingrays, and helps you come up close and underwater to some of the coolest predators of the sea. This unique adventure is only made better if you can spend some time at the Gulfarium itself. Containing educational exhibits, shows, and animal encounters, the Gulfarium encourages kids and adults alike to spend time and get up close and personal with the animals around them.

The most popular one of these experiences and educational exhibits is the Stingray experience.  You actually get to get into the water with stingrays and sharks! Seeing these sleek sea creatures in their natural habitat allows you to enjoy many safe activities including playing hide-and-seek with timid sharks and feeding stingrays!

Called “thrilling, unique, and amazing” by those who have done it, this is an adventure you can enjoy with friends and family ages 5 and up.  It lasts approximately one hour, with almost half of that time swimming with the animals.

Another exciting encounter at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is the Dolphin Encounter. This up close and personal experience will have you smiling from ear to ear. You’ll get a chance to feed, touch, instruct and play with these beautiful mammals of the deep. This is one of those adventures you will treasure forever!

Cool factors:  Swimming with sharks and stingrays, up close and personal with dolphins!
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