Meet the Stingrays at Gulf World Marine Park

    By Carrie McLaren

    There's a new hands-on experience now open at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach.

    At Stingray Bay, you can enter the 20,000-gallon habitat to feed and touch two species of stingrays -- cownose and southern -- and see how they live, eat and survive each day.

     

    Meet the stingrays

    Meet the stingrays

    Gulf World Marine Park

    Gulf World Marine Park Stingray Experience

    Gulf World Marine Park Stingray Experience

    Gulf World Marine Park

     

    Get to know two species of stingrays. --  Gulf World Marine Park

    Here are some things to know about the program:

    * Cost: $55. 
    * Participants must be at least 48 inches tall. 
    * Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
    * The experience includes 10-15 minutes of orientation and 15-20 minutes of in-the-water time with the stingrays.
    * You don't have to know how to swim; human participants kneel in the water during the program.
    * Two sessions are held each day; reservations are required.

    Explore Gulf World Marine Park

    Explore Gulf World Marine Park

    Carrie McLaren for VISIT FLORIDA

     

    Have fun and learn at the same time here. – Gulf World Marine Park

    By the way, you don't need your camera; a staff photographer will record your experience with the stingrays and a CD of images is included in the price of the program.

     

    Stingray Bay, where you can get up close to these wonderful creatures. – Gulf World Marine Park

    I’ll never forget the look on my daughter’s face the first time she touched a stingray – reflecting excitement and, maybe, just a tiny bit of fear. It was definitely something she’ll remember forever.

    Insider Tip: Gulf World Marine Park is located across the street from the beach. After the show, take a stroll and dip your feet in the water. 

    If you go...
    Gulf World Marine Park
    15412 Front Beach Road
    Panama City Beach, Fla 32413

     

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