Continuing the Florida guide (which can be found here) we went to Seaworld in February 2017 and spent all day in the park, which was certainly a test of our stamina in the heat! However, we had a lovely day, especially as it was something a little different to the Disney parks. So without further ado, here are 5 things to do at Seaworld, especially if you have a small child:
Check out the ticket deals
We decided to go on the day, but bought the tickets in the villa before setting off and we lucked into an “all you can eat” option that was only available on the day and it was for free! Now, I wouldn’t recommend that strategy as buying in advance is always cheaper, but it is worth keeping an eye out for it.
If you go for this option, you can basically have a full meal and drink every single hour!! You probably won’t get value for money (at full price) but if you do get the package, you will enjoy it!! The drinks are obviously the key, although they do come without lids and straws for the safety of the animals.
Play cards with the animals
At the end of the Wild Arctic ride (take the walking route if you get motion sickness!) you get to see a wide range of animals. However, if you’re lucky, there will be a sea lion who will play cards with a member of staff and honestly, it is amazing to watch! (the picture doesn’t do it justice!)
Go to the child friendly play area
While you technically don’t need a child to play in the water fountain, it does help! Just make sure you bring a spare pair of clothes!
There is a huge rope climbing frame for the older children (8+ I would think) but the rope is not kind to the legs, but there are smaller rides for the younger children. It can help break up the day a bit and give the grown-ups a chance to rest.
Check out the penguins
The Antarctica ride is a lovely ride showing the plight of a new born penguin and ends up seeing the real thing in their enclosure. There are 2 options on the ride, a fast or slow ride and the slow ride is absolutely fine for the younger ones. The penguins at the end are gorgeous and perhaps even better, the room is ice cold which is what you need in the middle of the day – it might be the only time you complain of being too cold!!
Watch the Pets Ahoy show
The show is inside (can you see a theme here!) and all the animals in the show have been rescued. The animals include dogs, cats, birds etc and they perform little tricks with the assistance of their handlers. The show is about 15-20 minutes long and at the end, you can stroke the animals and ask any questions to the handlers.
Seaworld is a large park and so comfortable shoes are a must, as well as a plan! If you don’t go for the all you can eat plan, then consider the refillable drinks offer – there is little shelter in the park and you seem to drink more here than at the other parks. We didn’t go on any of the big rides, but looking at Kraken, make sure all your valuables are safely secured – it is quite funny to see all the debris that has been collected where the ride goes upside down!
As Seaworld is one of the biggest and well known attractions in Orlando, you really need to do it, especially as it is so different to all the others, and as I hope to have shown, you don’t need to go on a single ride to have a great day out!!
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