You can experience marine biology through interactive touch aquariums and demonstration programs while at this aquarium and ... More
Gulf Specimen Aquarium and Marine Laboratory
You can experience marine biology through interactive touch aquariums and demonstration programs while at this aquarium and laboratory that invites visitors to pick up and touch sea creatures such as sea anemones, urchins, octopuses, shrimp, estuarine fish, starfish, sea pansies, sand dollars, whelks, clams, and many more.
My husband and I took our 3 daughters and niece to this aquarium..they range in age from 15 months to 14 years..First of all, it was way overpriced..second, the lady was an idiot..you have to try to remember out of all these crappy tanks which ones you are not allowed to stick your hands in because there are no signs..ALL of the big tanks were completely empty and the little ones were dirty..there were dead animals in the tanks..It smelled like death..My kids were very disappointed..It took us 20 minutes and the tour was over..we spent $50 and drove an 1 1/2 for this crap..I have been to lots of aquariums and this was BY FAR the WORST experience I have ever had..These animals need to be saved and this place shut down because this place is ridiculous..It might have been nice at one point in time, but it sucks now..
Every time we are in the Tallahassee area, my kids beg me to take them here. We love it! It's not fancy, but they are constantly improving the facilities and adding new things. We have been to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and the Denver Aquarium, but this is by far our favorite. Nowhere else can you actually see, touch, and hold so many sea creatures... Horseshoe crabs, fiddler crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers, hermit crabs, sponges... All sorts of cool things that you can pick up and hold. What a great learning experience! And as for the lady who complained about the smell... Marine life are always going to smell like marine life. It's not like there is any kind of dead fish smell or anything. Just normal fish tank smells.
We live in Denver and have access to very nice aquariums, but this is the one the kids beg to go to!
We absolutely loved this place and have told many friends about it. We homeschool our 4 children (13,10, 7 and 6) and this year for science we studied swimming creatures. It was so fun and educational to let the kids actually see the creatures up close and and touch them. My kids are still talking about it 5 weeks after our trip. We come to St Gegorge Island every other year and will definitely plan on visiting again.
Our grandson, as well as ourselves, really enjoyed seeing and touching the vast variety of sea life. The casual atmosphere allowed time to explore and wait to see the critters do their thing, like a hermit crab switching shells. It was well worth the price and we are sure to take other guests to experience this aquarium.
This was the worst "aquarium" I have ever been to. The tanks were filthy, with barely working filtration systems. The tanks were not labeled at all. You had no way of knowing what you were looking at. There were two nurse sharks about 6 feet long each in a tank too small to allow them to swim. It was cruel and inhumane.
The Aquarium stated that they do research that is valuable, and they had signs about this research. But, all the signs were very old. It seemed as though they used to do research but have since just tried to stay open as a tourist attraction. No serious scientist would keep their research subjects in those conditions. Many of the tanks were so dirty you could not see what was in them. It appeared as if they collect things from the bottom of the gulf, put them in poorly filtering shallow tanks for people to see and touch, then replace the items when they die. I would not recommend this Aquarium to anyone. Although you can touch the sea life, by going to this place you will be propogating a venue that has no respect for the life they have on display.
We enjoyed our stop with our 2 & 3-year old grandsons so much that Papa & Nana went back on our way home to see it again! The boys were fascinated with being able to touch so many live things that they had seen dead on the beach.
We thank all of you for making such a wonderful resource available to the public & to school groups.
Eve & Rick Mayes, Pocataligo, GA
I loved the touch tanks and being able to actually hold the things I never thought I would have the courage to do. It opens your eyes to all the little critters that you might have seen while wandering on the beach. You'd be amazed at what all you can learn by just holding the slimy sea hare; it squirts a bright purple ink if you bother it too much. This was an amazing experience. There should be many more places like this.
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