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Gulf Specimen Marine Lab & Aquarium

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222 Clark Dr, Panacea, FL 32346-2340
+1 850-984-5297
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So cool!

So many touch tanks and such a variety of sea creatures! We are Florida transplants from the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cathryn M
via mobile
Just a few big fish

I am a biology teacher, so I was really impressed with the variety of life they had on display. My... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2017
John F
Woodstock, 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!
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“nurse sharks” (13 reviews)
“horseshoe crabs” (15 reviews)
“sea life” (16 reviews)
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222 Clark Dr, Panacea, FL 32346-2340
222 Clark Dr, Panacea, FL 32346-2340
+1 850-984-5297
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So many touch tanks and such a variety of sea creatures! We are Florida transplants from the north, and I just can't get over the access to the animals and the abundance--to catch fiddler crabs, to hold horseshoe crabs, horse conchs, starfish and to see...More

1  Thank Cathryn M
Reviewed 9 November 2017

I am a biology teacher, so I was really impressed with the variety of life they had on display. My son was a little unimpressed because there weren't a lot of big fish.

1  Thank John F
Reviewed 8 November 2017

The Mrs wanted to see a seahorse, so in addition to that we saw sharks close up, starfish you can touch, and a bunch of crabs---recommended if in the area.

1  Thank dustmon
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

All in all the aquarium was pretty good. They had a variety of smaller species, but not a lot of visitors. The tanks were much closer than you'd see in a major aquarium. There was a lot of stuff outside and inside. There was a...More

1  Thank Mary S
Reviewed 26 October 2017

If you are in the area and like marine life, you MUST visit this place. It looks small but we spent about 4.5 hours here. My granddaughter loved it and so did her mother and I. There is so many things you can touch and...More

2  Thank Janna64
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Found a brochure for the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab & Aquarium where we were staying. I like aquariums and it sounded interesting. This was definitely better than an aquarium. Many touch tanks and lots of descriptions to help you understand what you are viewing. The...More

2  Thank USAFNAV1979
Reviewed 19 October 2017

This is in a small coastal town and was very well done. It is on the smaller size, but very enjoyable. We took our 2 1/2 yo granddaughter for the day, 2 hours. We went and ate lunch at a seafood restaurant and then went...More

1  Thank Vic P
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Took my granddaughter here while she was visiting. The place is small and old but appears well kept. The best part of the visit were the hands on tables. Kids get to handle all kinds of sea life in water filled tables. My granddaughter loved...More

2  Thank Cowgirlkc
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Our granddaughter had a blast. Very educational and we enjoyed it also. I even learned a couple of new things!! Well worth the trip.

1  Thank karenog2012
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This place does not have the sparkling fresh scent of a place that gets power-washed every night, nor does it have a ride vehicle that provides exposition while staring passively out a window. What it lacks in polish it more than makes up for in...More

2  Thank Ronald F
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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..