Emerald Coast

Animal Encounters

This page lists places in the Okaloosa County, Walton County and Bay County, Florida area where kids can interact with or observe animals including: pets, farm animals, zoo animals and animals in the wild.
Kids Okaloosa County, Walton County and Bay County: Animal Encounters - Fun 4 Emerald Coast Kids
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"S.O.C.K.S." Save Our Cats and Kittens

S.O.C.K.S. has open hours where you can come and cuddle and love on their cats! Animal interactions M-F at 12-5. Saturday open at 11-5. Hours may va ...

Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
498 Carmel Drive, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547
30A Sea Life Discovery Center

Sea Life Discovery Center is a non-profit organization developed to connect kids to the ocean through hands on discovery programs. Lab studies, snork ...

Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
37 LOGAN LN UNIT 1, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Alaqua Animal Refuge

Alaqua Animal Refuge is a no-kill animal sanctuary and adoption center located in Freeport, Florida. Home to over 250 animals at any given time, Alaqu ...

Area: North Walton County
914 Whitfield Rd, Freeport, FL, 32439
Arnett's Gulfside Trail Rides: Feed the Horses

Bring a bag of carrots and feed the horses at Arnett's! Arnetts welcomes visitors to walk around the farm and stable. Check out their resident donkey, ...

Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
613 S Co Hwy 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 32459
Ashley Gorman Shell Island Cruise: Swim with Dolphins

Ashley Gorman is a double decker, 150 passenger, air conditioned boat! Snorkel the shallow waters of the Bay, then venture into the Gulf for a chance ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
5701 W. Hwy 98, Panama City, FL, 32401
Bass Pro Shops Aquarium

The Destin Bass Pro Shops/Worldwide Sportsman has a 10,000 gallon salt-water aquarium stocked with local species. Join us for the fish feeding on Mon ...

Free: Yes
Area: Destin/Niceville
4301 Legendary Drive, Destin, FL, 32541
Bay Point Water Sports

Not only will you see the dolphins, you’ll have a chance to swim with them! Masks and snorkel gear are included free of charge for your enjoyment. If ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
4114 Jan Cooley Drive, Panama City Beach, FL, 32408
Bear Creek Feline Center: Big Cat Encounters

We put you up so close that you can smell the big cat’s breath! All tours are by appointment only. A $50 per person (ages 18 and up, children under 18 ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
8822 Tracy Way, Panama City, FL, 32404
Blackwater Hatchery

The Blackwater Hatchery provides visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the native fish species in Northwest Florida. The Center man ...

Area: North Okaloosa County
8384 Fish Hatchery Road, Holt, FL, 32564
Captain Anderson's Marina Boat Adventures

Deep sea fishing (even night trips!), private charters, dolphin tours, sightseeing boat, express ferry, eco-tours, and more. Captain Anderson’s Marina ...

Type of Rental: Boat Charters
Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
5550 N. Lagoon Dr, Panama City Beach, FL, 32408
Crab Island Watersports

Crab Island Watersports is located on Okaloosa Island by Brooks Bridge, between Alvin’s Island and Legendary Marina. We are a family-owned business a ...

Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
1198 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Destin Parasailing

Destin Parasailing offers private charters for weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions. Offering parasailing, pontoon boat rentals, charter f ...

Area: Destin/Niceville
214 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL, 32541
Destin Snorkel: Snorkel, SNUBA, and Shelling Adventures

The snorkeling tour is fun for all ages and abilities. The SNUBA tour allows you to see marine life not accessible via snorkeling (burrfish, flounder, ...

Area: Destin/Niceville
10 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL, 32541
Dolphin and Snorkel Tours Snorkeling and Freediving

We provide our guests with an unforgettable snorkeling experience. Our extensive knowledge ensures that visitors experience snorkeling and free diving ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
3824 Hatteras Ln, Panama City Beach, FL, 32407
Dolphin Cruises Destin: Dolphin, Sunset Cruises, Fireworks Cruises

Destin Dolphin Cruises offers special dolphin cruises, sunset cruises, and fireworks cruises. We hit every spot and cover every angle on our Dolphin T ...

Type of Tour: Boat
Area: Destin/Niceville
500 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL, 32541
Emerald Coast Science Center

The Emerald Coast Science Center is an independent, nonprofit hands-on, interactive science museum as well as a STEM education center for NW Florida. ...

Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
31 SW Memorial Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park is a non-profit owned and operated animal park that features native Florida and exotic wildlife. ...

Area: North Okaloosa County
5262 Deer Springs Drive, Crestview, FL, 32539
Fudpuckers Gator Beach: Destin

Gator Beach gives you the chance to see over 80 live alligators, in an up close and personal environment. You’ll not only be able to see the gators, y ...

Free: Yes
Area: Destin/Niceville
20001 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, FL, 32541
Fudpuckers Gator Island: Okaloosa Island

Watch and learn about some of our smaller alligators in their special habitat, located at the front of Fudpucker’s Fort Walton Beach-based restaurant. ...

Free: Yes
Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
1318 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Gulf Breeze Zoo

With 850+ animals, covering 137 species of mammal, bird and reptile, we have plenty of monkeys, mobs of kangaroo, flocks of squawkers, cats like crazy ...

5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL, 32563
Gulf World Marine Park

Enjoy daily live shows featuring dolphins, sea lions, reptiles and tropical birds. Explore our indoor and outdoor gardens featuring exhibits showcasin ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
15412 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL, 32413
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Spend the day exploring animal exhibits, enjoying dolphin and sea lion shows, and discovering new things about the animals you love! In addition to ...

Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 32548
Heartland Rescue Ranch

We are a safe haven for over 35 sanctuaried animals (horses, dogs, rabbits, pigs, and more!) and we help as many others as we can. We welcome visitors ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
1435 Skunk Valley Road, Panama City, FL
Island Dolphin Tours

We operate a single vessel, which sets us apart from the larger high traffic-flow dolphin tour companies and allows us to provide a more personal expe ...

Type of Rental: Boat Charters
Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
6327 Big Daddy Dr, Panama City Beach, FL, 32407
Kritter Inc. Wildlife Sanctuary

We are a non-profit, all volunteer wildlife sanctuary. We rehabilitate all Birds of Prey (Raptors) and Bats. We are open to the public for tours by ap ...

Lagoon Pontoons

We’re the only boat rental company in Panama City Beach to offer The Double Decker Party Barge! Equipped with 2 Slides for ultimate fun on the water. ...

Type of Rental: Boat Rentals
Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
5201 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, FL, 32408
Lagoon Pontoons: Dolphin Tours

A more intimate dolphin experience, just a small group, our dolphin Boat Tours are 2 hours in length and offer you the opportunity to swim with dolphi ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
5201 N Lagoon Dr, Panama City, FL, 32408
Last Local Guide Service: Tours

Highly reputable company offers fishing charters, Shell Island boat tours, and dolphin experiences. With Last Local the boat is yours, occupied with o ...

Type of Rental: Boat Charters
Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
3151 W 10th Street, Panama City, FL, 32401
Olin Marler's Dolphin Tours

The Hannah Marie runs Dolphin Cruises daily. Family owned and operated, this is an ideal way to enjoy a relaxing 1.5 hour cruise watching dolphins pla ...

Type of Tour: Boat
Area: Destin/Niceville
102 B Highway 98 East, Destin, FL, 32541
Osprey Charters: Dolphin Tours and Snorkeling

Come aboard the "Osprey II" and enjoy a Shell Island Tour while dolphin watching, snorkeling, and sightseeing on and around Shell Island aboard a 25' ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
3824 Hatteras Lane, Panama City Beach, FL, 32408
Panama City Beach Dolphin Tours

Dolphin encounters, snorkeling adventures, diving, trolling, bottomfishing, spearfishing and more! Up to 6 passengers, private or non private trips av ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
1213 Beck Ave, Panama City, FL, 32401
Panhandle Butterfly House

Come enjoy a unique experience with native Florida butterflies close up as they feed on native and Florida-Friendly plants. Witness hungry caterpillar ...

8581 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, FL, 32566
Petland Fort Walton Beach: Animal Encounters

Did you know you can interact with/hold the animals at Petland? Children must be under very careful supervision. Talk with an associate first before h ...

Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
415-G Mary Esther Cut Off, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Sailing, Parasailing, Dolphin Tours, Snorkel Tours by Captain Jambo's Destin Harbor

Parasailing and quality, small group sailing tours are our specialty! Parasail the Emerald Coast with Captain Jambo's! Owner/Captain Jason has over ...

Area: Destin/Niceville
109 Calhoun Ave, Destin, FL, 32541
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort: Mary Ann the Macaw

You’ll find Mary Ann the macaw getting in the last word from her perch overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay right in front of the Marina Bar & Grill. She ca ...

Free: Yes
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach, FL, 32550
Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida: Animal Encounters

Animal Encounters is free with General Admission. Come and meet our resident reptiles (and other critters) and learn about how they live and eat in th ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
308 Airport Rd, Panama City, FL, 32405
Seacrest Wolf Preserve

Seacrest Wolf Preserve, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to wolf and wildlife conservation through education. The experience that visitors ...

3449 Bonnett Pond Rd, Chipley, FL, 32428
Shell Island Dolphin Tours at St. Andrew's State Park

Our dolphin tours only carry up to six passengers at a time. You will be able to get up close with dolphins from our Shell Island Dolphin Tour Boats. ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
4607 State Park Circle, Panama City Beach, FL, 32408
Shell Island Snorkeling at St. Andrew's State Park

Shell Island Snorkeling Packages offer the chance to experience tropical fish, corals and sponges. Swim with our local, friendly dolphins that regular ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
4607 State Park Circle, Panama City Beach, FL, 32408
Sunshine Watersports

Jet Ski and Pontoon Boat rentals plus Dolphin Tours on the Harbor in Destin,Fl. With complementary floats and snorkel gear, it's hard not to enjoy a n ...

Area: Destin/Niceville
500 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL, 32541
Uncle Sandy's Macaw Bird Sanctuary

Uncle Sandy’s is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and rescue of unwanted parrots and other species of birds. The park is open to the ...

9513 N Palafox St, Pensacola, FL, 32534
Water Planet Educational "Swim with the Dolphins" Experience

Thanks to our collaboration with marine biologists and to our experience with educational programs in the schools of Bay County and with various girl ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
5709 N Lagoon Drive, Panama City, FL, 32408
Zoo World

Get hands on with wild animals and up close to creatures from around the world. You can feed the alligators, giraffes, snuggle with a lemur, get up cl ...

Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
9008 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL, 32407