Top 5 Activities in Northwest Florida to See Dolphins

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Spring Break is approaching quickly for tourists looking to visit the beaches of Northwest Florida. lists the top 5 activities for dolphin watching on the Gulf Coast.

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Many tour companies in Northwest Florida offer glass bottom viewing areas for people to see dolphins from below.

Dolphin watching has always been a popular activity for tourists visiting the Gulf Coast, but there are several different ways to experience the presence of these fun animals. Seeing dolphins from a boat is always popular, but what would it be like to actually swim in their presence? has put together a list of the best 5 dolphin related activities while visiting Northwest Florida.

1. Swimming with Dolphins

Although it is illegal to actually touch a dolphin in the wild, it is ok to swim in their presence. Water Planet USA out of Panama City Beach is the only company on the Gulf Coast that offers a unique experience like this. The instructor will educate and train each customer the proper way to interact with dolphins, which includes a live swim near Shell Island. Availability is limited so it is recommended to book online in advance for this experience.

2. Dolphin Tour on Waverunners

Over the past few years, many watersport companies have started to offer dolphin tours on waverunners because it gave customers a closer look at the dolphins. It's also more fun to drive on a waverunner instead of a big boat! Most waverunners can hold up to 3 people if the weight is acceptable. Dolphins tours usually have 10 or so in a group, but the fewer the better.

3. Glass Bottom Boat Dolphin Cruises

Many tour companies in Northwest Florida offer glass bottom viewing areas for people to see dolphins from below. These boats are also great for small children, seniors and handicap customers. Most cruises are two hours long and narrated so tourists can hear about the history of the area.

4. Kayaks

Renting a kayak is a very inexpensvie way to see dolphins. Dolphins are not hard to find on the Gulf Coast and the locals are helpful in finding them. Most kayaks have 2 seats and include all the necessary safety equipment.

5. Gulf World Marine Park Dolphin Shows

Gulf World Marine Park is a large aquarium that offers dolphin shows and dolphin swims in Panama City Beach. Customers can actually touch the dolphins since this park is regulated, which offers a unique and fun experience. Shows are offered daily during the summer season. Reservations are required so be sure to book in advance.


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