Follow your passions to the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast.
No two sunsets on the Emerald Coast are exactly alike, and neither are any two days. Along with award-winning beaches, you'll find several world-class attractions and family entertainment complexes here. You can get wild at the zoo, splash around at a water park, or interact with a live dolphin at the Gulfarium. Speaking of dolphins, dolphin watching cruises are very popular here, as are pirate cruises. Or you can discover the culture and rich history of the area at one of five museums. There are lots of ways to go Emerald Coasting.
Zoos & Gulfarium
Spring break isn’t the only time it gets wild at the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Spend the day at one of the two zoos in the area or experience our Gulfarium, where you can see sea life up close and even swim with dolphins.
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Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park
5262 Deer Springs Dr, Crestview , FL 32539
The Emerald Coast Wildlife Zoological Park offers a truly personal experience to meet and learn about 70 animals and 30 different species from around the globe. Go “behind the scenes” with our Zookeepers in our Encounter Program, a once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Sloths and Lions. Our Zoo is the perfect place for field trips, birthday parties and family gatherings, with guided tours, animal encounter options and a covered pavilion available. Support our mission in the care, conservation and education of these rescued animals!
Gulf Breeze Zoo
5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze
Had enough beach? Brush off the kids and head to the Gulf Breeze Zoo. The walking path and petting zoo feature lush gardens where you can view primates, large cats, bears and colorful birds. Feed a parakeet perched on your hand at the Australian Free-Flight Budgiery. Along the boardwalk, you can view a free-range preserve filled with rhinos, zebras, Africa's largest antelope and more. Then, hop on the Safari Line Limited Train for an up-close view of chimps, gorillas and huge Nile hippos.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach
Come snorkel with stingrays and sharks, feed penguins and watch otters play at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Featuring dolphin and sea lion shows, the marine park is also home to seals, turtles, alligators, harbor seals and more. Become a VIP trainer and work side-by-side with the staff to learn what it takes to train and care for marine mammals. Don't leave without getting a kiss from a harbor seal.