Destin-Fort Walton Beach Zoos + Aquariums
Traveling with animal lovers?
The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is a must-visit attraction. It’s the best place to learn more about the habits and habitats of marine animals, local conservation efforts and meet many of the park’s residents up close in special Animal Encounters. In addition to marine mammals, the Gulfarium also features shows and chats about the birds, reptiles and fish in their care. The Gulfarium CARE Center actively rescues, rehabilitates, and—when possible—releases sea turtles back into the wild. Since 2015, these efforts have saved hundreds of sea turtles that live along the Gulf Coast.
At Emerald Coast Zoo, you can get up close and personal with your favorite members of the animal kingdom like sloths, kangaroos, giraffes and bears. Located in Crestview, Florida—only 45 min from Destin—this family owned zoo offers animal encounters where small groups can meet animals like ringtail lemurs, adorable primates from Madagascar.
Whether you seek a Gulf-focused marine park or zoo experience, there are great options for family fun.