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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas along the Emerald Coast. Cable channels and streaming services have started airing holiday movies, radio stations are cranking out the Christmas music, and local attractions have started decorating and giving shoppers a sneak peek of some their annual pass deals. As many people start to look away from gifts in favor of experiences, annual passes are a fun and easy way to keep the Christmas spirit alive all year round. Give the gift of adventure this year and choose one of these favorite experiences for under your tree.

#1 – Southern Star Dolphin Cruise & Buccaneer Pirate Cruise Annual Passes

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Newly released – Annual Passes for the most award-winning dolphin cruise and pirate cruise experience in Destin, Florida!  Rates for the Southern Star Dolphin Cruise Annual Pass start at just $39, and rates for the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise Annual Pass start at just $59! Plus, you will receive loads of additional discounts with your purchase including discounts on drink tickets, merchandise, snack station and their sister ship discount! These are great for all ages and make perfect gifts for birthdays, holidays, or just to say thank you!

#2 – The Gulfarium

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A membership to the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park on Okaloosa Island allows you and your family to explore the marine life an exhibit at your own pace. Pack a lunch and spend the day, or whittle away a couple of hours exploring the touch tanks, the dolphin and sea lion shows, and animal feedings. The Gulfarium offers a number of different memberships for individuals, individuals and a guest, “pod passes” for up to four guests. In addition to admission, Gulfarium members receive admission to all Gulfarium special events, a ten percent discount at the Fins gift shop and Dive In eatery, birthday party reservations, and twenty-five percent discount on Animal Encounters, which get you up close and personal with dolphins, seals, penguins, turtles, and reptiles.

#3 – Emerald Coast Science Center

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Becoming a member at the Emerald Coast Science Center provides a full year of education, adventure, and discovery. Located in Downtown Fort Walton Beach, The Emerald Coast Science Center provides hands on learning for curious minds of all ages.  Membership benefits include free reciprocal admission to over 300 museums nationwide, advanced registration to special museum events, discounts at the gift shop and booking special events, free admission to museum events, like Planetarium Nights, Discover Science Saturdays, Creature Feature, Chem Demo, and Small Lab Access during summer programming.  Membership packages are available for individuals, couples, and families, as well as a special discounted membership rate for school district employees.

#4 – Ice Skating

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Ice skating in Florida? Anything can happen at the Village of Baytowne Wharf’s  “Baytowne on Ice”. This full sized skating rink located in the center of Baytowne gives you all the holiday feels  while you are wearing shorts! Open to the public daily, a season pass will save you time and money. You can find ice skating on Fort Walton Beach’s Landing starting November 13thIce On The Landing is open daily, with special extended hours during the Thanksgiving and December Winter Break.  Individual passes are $100.00 and family passes (up to four skaters) are $200.00 and allows you to skate unlimited days and times during the season.

#5 – Florida State Park Annual Pass

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If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is getting unplugged and outdoors a little more, consider purchasing a Florida State Park Annual Pass. Valid for 365 days from the date of purchase, annual passes gets you discounted entry into all of Florida’s State Park, including  Deer Lake State Park, Grayton and Henderson Beac State Parks, Blackwater River State Park, and Eden garden State Park.  Individual passes are available for $60.00 and family passes for $120.00.

Whether you’re looking to cut down on clutter or increase quality, low tech family time, annual passes and memberships to the area’s best attractions and museums is an easy way to finish your holiday shopping. And it leaves more time drink hot chocolate and binge watch your favorite holiday movies.