By now, pretty much everyone in the world knows that Orlando Florida is home to many of the best theme parks in the world. That includes SeaWorld, one of the best marine parks out there. My family and I visited the park years ago but my smallest boy was only 1. He is 3 now so we returned to show him Shamu, the dolphins and so much more.
It wasn’t planned, but the hotel we were staying at had a partnership with the park (Blue Heron Resort). It includes free transportation to and from the park and you get a VIP pass. This means you can enter the park before anyone else and get special discounts.
After our last visit, the park had really changed. There are new exhibits and attractions. Plus last time we weren’t able to do the amusement park because of my baby. But this time we checked it out and the rides were all appropriate for kids 3 and up. However the main roller-coasters weren’t good for my oldest boy yet.
Meeting Shamu at SeaWorld
Shamu time! This never ever gets old. I think I have seen it more than ten times in my life and I still find it exciting.
Empire of the Penguin – the penguins have arrived to SeaWorld. We were familiar with them because the Guatemala Zoo also has penguins. At the zoo the exhibit consisted of a big pool and hundreds of people were waiting to catch a glimpse of these adorable animals.
My baby fell in love with them and has been talking about them since. So we had to check this one out.
At SeaWorld, the exhibit was colossal compared to what we have seen. There was a whole area devoted to the penguins called Antarctica. It included a full educational ride, so even the wait was fun.
They have two rides, a mellow one for little guys and a motion one for older kids and adults.
We felt like we were actually in a little piece of Antarctica. We were freezing. I was glad to see that for once the animals didn’t have to adjust to our temperatures, we were on their turf. The best part was seeing them swim.
Before heading to the next show we fed the stingray.
Meeting the Dolphins
Next was the Blue Horizons. We loved seeing the dolphins playing for us. The show is much more than dolphins. It includes acrobats and birds flying of all sizes including condors.
Turtle Trek – This was yet another unbelievable exhibit – and new. They had sea turtles and ended up with an IMAX show.
For the perfect ending to our visit we chose the Shark Encounter exhibit. It all starts with a walk through an underground tunnel below an aquarium. From here you get to see them as they swim by.
Information for Visiting Sea World Orlando Florida
Address: SeaWorld Orlando 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821