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

    - Gulf World Marine Park


    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.

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    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