Best Aquariums to See Sharks on the Gulf Coast

Gulf of Mexico ExhibitAs the Shark Week frenzy continues, we are bringing you the best places on the Gulf Coast to view live sharks. {That is, besides the Gulf itself!} Here are three aquariums from New Orleans to Fort Walton Beach that provide opportunities to get up close and personal with sharks.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas- New Orleans: Catch a flick or visit two different habitats created just for sharks for an entertaining and educational experience.

Great White Shark 3D is a 40 minute documentary film narrated by Bill Nighy, the science guy. Shot in New Zealand, South Africa, California, and Mexico, the film explores the Great White Shark’s role in pop culture and at the top of the ocean’s food chain with featured commentary from four shark experts.

Observe sharks as they would behave in their natural habitat at the aquarium’s Gulf of Mexico exhibit. A replica of an offshore oil rig co-exists with sharks, schools of fish, stingrays, and sea turtles in a 400,000-gallon salt-water tank.

Don’t forget to stop by the Tropical Sharks exhibit to get the rest of your shark fix. The exhibit features Bonnethead sharks and a giant Queensland grouper. Be sure to flash a toothy smile in the mouth of a very large shark at the popular photo op display adjacent to the Tropical Sharks exhibit.

Gulf World-Panama City Beach: Gulf World Marine Park has three Shark Feeding shows throughout the day where you can observe the dietary habits of Nurse Sharks and Black Tip Sharks. The staff educates guests about the sharks and answers questions about the mysterious creatures.

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park- Fort Walton Beach: Gulfarium is hosting a salute to Shark Week, August 4-11! Guests can watch Bonnethead sharks, Black Tip Reef Sharks, Lemon Sharks, and Nurse Sharks dine on their favorite foods. Kids can create their own shark hats during craft time and participate in a scavenger hunt for cool prizes.


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