SeaWorld is one of Orlando's most popular family attractions - perfect for the little one's, Grandpop, and everyone in between. I have vivid memories of watching the Killer Whales catch air when I was a child and have always wanted to bring my kids, Miles, 10, and Milan, 8, to experience the same thrill. We were in Orlando recently and had the opportunity to spend the afternoon at SeaWorld. I'm not sure who was more excited me or the kids. Ahem. Due to our travel schedule our time was limited so we could only do a handful of the wide assortment of attractions at the park. Here are our 5 must do's at SeaWorld:
See Shamu. Yes, it's a no brain-er but it tops my list; and I wasn't leaving the park - or Orlando - without introducing my kids to Shamu and his friends up close and personal. We scheduled our afternoon around the One Ocean show. Make sure to check the show times so you can plan accordingly. You won't be disappointed.
Don't Miss Blue Horizons. This isn't just some dolphins doing tricks, spiraling in the air - although that's always fun in itself - this theatrical show is nothing short of spectacular combining the dolphins, tropical birds and awesome acrobatics from the cast and trainers. It was truly captivating from start to finish.
Sit in the Soak Zone. That's right. Who doesn't want to get splashed by a 8,000 pound mammal? The thrill of not knowing whether you're going to get drenched or dodge the water is almost as fun as watching the show. I sat with the kids in the soak zone during the One Ocean show and we didn't get wet. The kids were bummed, but they went for it again during Blue Horizons and were happily dripping by the end of the show.
Catch a Ride. Yes, there are rides at SeaWorld - everything from large upside down coasters to easy-going paddle-boats. The kids and I went straight for Journey to Atlantis. I love a good splash ride especially on a hot day. Miles and I are headed back to SeaWorld soon and have Manta on our list to try next.
Dive In. There are several opportunities to experience so many of the oceans wonders up close and personal including the Behind the Scenes Tour, the Manta Aquarium, the Shark Encounter, the Beluga Interaction Program and much more. If you're more of a looker there's plenty of attractions to watch and observe; but if you want to get involved there's many opportunities to interact with the animals firsthand. Check the website before you go for times and requirements as some of the exclusive park experiences have additional fees.
For more information, visit SeaWorld.com.
Until next time, I'm off and running ...
Lorraine Robertson is an author, nationally published freelance writer and creator of the site RunWifeyRun.com. After two marathons, eight half marathons and countless smaller races she's still packing her running shoes and looking for her next great race. Lorraine was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Great Cruises: Why Not The Mediterranean?” television show and her life-changing wedding appeared on TLC’s “A Wedding Story.” She lives in the metro Atlanta area with her husband, Napoleon and their kids, Miles, 10, and Milan, 8.
Disclosure: I received media passes from SeaWorld for review purposes. As always my thoughts and opinions are all my own.