Sea World Orlando Florida – Photo Essay

Orlando, Florida is full of the best theme parks possible. And Sea World Orlando is probably one of the best marine parks to visit. Three years ago we visited Sea World, but my baby was only one years old then. Being three now, we returned to show him Shamu, the dolphins and oh-so much more.

Sea World Orlando Florida - shark encounter

The main reason we visited the park again was for the great partnership our hotel had with Sea World.  Staying at Blue Heron Beach Resort they have a free shuttle that drives there and picks you for free (saving you over $15 on parking fees). Plus, you get special VIP entrance meaning you can enter the park before anyone else and get special discounts. But trust me, it didn’t take much convincing me, this is one of my favorite places to introduce and educate my kids about marina life.

Sea World Orlando Florida - Manatee

Since our time from three years ago the park had really changed. They added new exhibits and attractions. And last time, with my baby being only one we weren’t able to do the amusement park part of it.

Sea World Orlando Florida- Roller coaster for kids

 

The rides are were totally age appropriate for three and up. The main roller-coasters are more in the center aren’t good for my oldest boy yet, so this was the perfect medium.

Sea World Orlando Florida - Rides for kids
After we got the rides (most of them) out of our system it was time to check out the animals and shows. For Christmas they had an arctic exhibit and we got to see a polar bear – very VERY cool.

Sea World Orlando Florida- Polar Bear Exhibit

Shamu time! This never ever gets old. I have seen this show over ten times and it is just as exciting for me the tenth time around showing my little men as it was when I was their age.

Sea World Orlando Florida- Shamu Show

Empire of the Penguin – the penguins have arrived to Sea World. In Guatemala, the zoo here got penguins as well. The exhibit was a big pool and there were hundreds of people waiting to catch a glimpse of these adorable animals. Including us. My baby totally fell in love with penguins and has been talking about them for over four months. So we had to check this one out.

Sea World Orlando Florida - Empire of the Penguin

Sea World’s exhibit was colossal compared to what we have seen. First of all it had an entire area devoted to it called Antarctica. And not only did we see the penguins, but it was a full educational ride that took you there. Even the wait was fun.

Sea World Orlando Florida - Antarctic Exhibit

They have two rides one with motion for older kids and adults and more mellow for little guys like my baby (my oldest was a bit bored for the ride part). But once you see them and get out. Everything changes.

Sea World Orlando Florida - Penguins - Arctic Climate

We were literally standing on a little piece of Antarctica. Literally, the weather was freezing. We were in their turf – finally. These animals don’t have to adjust to our temperatures.

Sea World Orlando Florida - Penguins Antarctica

The best part was seeing them swim.

Sea World Orlando Florida - Penguins

Before heading to the next show we had to feed the stingray and play with them.

Sea World Orlando Florida - Sting Ray Feeding

And always pose with walking, waving turtles.

Sea World Orlando Florida - Character Greetings

Blue Horizons show is on – the dolphins are playing for us

Sea World Orlando Florida - Dolphin show - Blue Horizons

It is way way more than just dolphins, there are acrobats, birds flying of all sizes including condors.

Sea World Orlando Florida - Dolphin acrobatic show

Getting photos with the talent is the best part -sometimes

Sea World Orlando Florida- Dolphin Show preformers

Fun with the fish

Sea World Orlando Florida - Fish Talk

Turtle Trek – this is another new exhibit which was unbelievable. They had sea turtles and ended up with an IMAX show that I would’ve paid $20 to see in a movie theater.

Sea World Orlando Florida - Sea Turtle

And what’s a visit to Sea World without checking out Shark Encounter exhibit

Sea World Orlando Florida - Shark Encounter

You start walking through an underground tunnel below an aquarium.

Sea World Orlando Florida- Walk through aquarium

Maybe getting bit by a Great White

Sea World Orlando Florida  - Eaten by a Great White

And having a close encounter with a Sword Shark

Sea World Orlando Florida - Sword Shark

And to finish the day off, we had a great show by the Groove Chefs and they were totally groovy

Sea World Orlando Florida - Groove Chefs

Information for Visiting Sea World Orlando Florida

Phone: 1-888-800-5447

Address: SeaWorld Orlando 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821

Prices of tickets:

Adult $82

Child 3 – 9 $77

 

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Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

8 Responses to Sea World Orlando Florida – Photo Essay

  1. Lori says:

    Splendid photo essay! Loved it!
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    Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one!
    It’s on a totally different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and
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  3. Jennifer says:

    Despite the bad press Sea World has gotten because of the movie Blackfish, I think it’s an important facility to get people interested in sea mammals we might not otherwise ever have encounters with.
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  4. Looks like it was a fun trip for the family! You got some great shots of the marine life too! Thanks for sharing!
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