This historic attraction, dating back to 1955, was founded by J.B. Brandy Sienbenaler, a marine researcher whose vision was to display sea creatures in a way visitors to the area had never seen before. Supervised animal encounters allow travelers to get up close and personal with dolphins and all sorts of other marine life in a safe and scientific environment. Compared to Sea World, the Gulfarium feels more intimate, especially during shows, feedings, and training sessions. Best of all, the animals all seem happy and well cared for here. It's not just marine life that calls the place home. In addition to the sharks, dolphins, sea lions, penguins, turtles, crabs, otters, seals, and stingrays, there are birds and alligators, too. After closing in 2012 for much-needed renovations, the Gulfarium has reestablished itself as a topnotch marine science spot. Naturally, it's a great attraction for kids.