It is another gorgeous, albeit scorching, day in South Georgia. There is not a singular breeze within a hundred mile radius right now I swear. All I can do is wish I was on the beach near the gulf soaking up all of that sweet ocean breeze. But I will have to hold that thought for about a month until I am back there again. In the meantime I am loving reminiscing over our trip the Destin a few months ago. There is just so much to recap about that trip but I am getting there slowly.
There are so many great things about Destin and one of the best is that there is SO much to do for all ages. I am the type of beach goer where I can go to the beach for a week and stay on the beach all day everyday and I am in heaven. My husband and my kid on the other hand can get alittle restless so we usually look for other things to mix it up some.
Destin is a fabulous place if your family is similar because there is just something for everyone. You have the beach, the insane amount of outlet malls and shopping, parasailing galore, fishing, jet skiing, dolphin tours, water parks, putt putt golf, zip lining and tons and tons of other options. Destin is situated very closely to Fort Walton ( about 20 minutes) which has even more options for entertainment.
On this particular day of the trip the other two members of my party had as much beach as they could stand for the time being so we decided to go check out the Gulfarium in Fort Walton. Boy am I glad we did. We made a pit stop on the way and had lunch at Dewey Destin’s near Crab Island and you can read more about that HERE. If you have not checked out Dewey Destin’s I can not recommend it enough and it is a perfect location for lunch if you are headed to the Gulfarium.
So, it took no time at all before we arrived at the Gulfarium. Once we got there we waited in a short line in the huge gift shop and purchased our tickets. I though the prices were extremely reasonable especially in comparison to other similar type aquariums with tickets starting at $15 each. More about pricing can be found HERE . Children 2 and under are free and there are also military discounts available. As soon as we entered we were given a list of the days shows and events. There are SO many awesome shows and animal feeding opportunities all day long at the Gulfarium. We got there just in time to check out the sea lion show which was really cute and entertaining. P enjoyed the sea lions very much!! We then wondered around the many animal areas and checked out alligators, crocodiles ( including an albino one), turtles ( TONS), the touch tank, sharks, penguins, sting rays, tons of reptiles and birds, and sooooo much sea life.
There is just SO much to see here and so many different shows offered multiple times a day. You can read more about ALL the shows that are offered and the schedules HERE. There truly is enough to do to make a full day out of it ya’ll. No matter what you or your little’s favorite animal is there is literally something for everyone. The best part is that the entire Gulfarium is situated directly on the Gulf of Mexico so no matter where you are in the park there are glorious fews of the sugar-y white beaches and turquoise clear water. It is just really SO beautiful ya’ll !!
The crown jewel of the Gulfarium in my opinion is the dolphin show that is held daily in the main open air theatre. While we loved the entire facility I would have to say the dolphin show was probably our favorite! The open air ( but covered) theatre is really one of a kind and makes the show even more special with the gulf in the background. You can catch a snippet of the show at the end of the pictures above. The dolphin trainers that present the dolphin show are extremely well versed in all things dolphin and make the show fun and entertaining for everyone.
In addition to the many shows that are included with the general ticket, there are also many different different animal encounters you can purchase such as swimming with sting rays, playing with dolphins, meeting penguins up close and everything in between. Full info on that can be found HERE. You will probably work up a snack after all of this aquatic fun and the good news is there is also a full service concession stand within the park. You have the option to leave for lunch and return afterwards if you would like. There are so many great eating options very close to the park.
The complete website for the Gulfarium in Fort Walton is HERE . There is just so much to do for your family in this area and while the Gulfarium is just the tip of the iceberg it is definitely highly recommended. I think all three of us really enjoyed it and when we head back to this area I know we will visit again.
Read more about our family’s most recent trip to Destin HERE.
I am wishing you some cool gulf breezes in my mind friend,