SeaWorld is one of San Antonio’s many popular attractions and it just got even better with a water park called Aquatica that is great fun for the whole family. There is a pool and play area for babies to toddlers and water slides for sizes ranging from 36 inches up. Lockers can be rented for all-day use for $7.
We started on Stingray Falls, where up to four people can sit on a tube and go around the twists and turns. Good for younger kids and the more faint of heart, but a long-ish wait.
There are a couple sets of single-person slides that were a hit with my 7-year-olds and didn’t require much waiting. They also loved the Walkabout Waters, where they could play all sorts of water activities on a three-level structure and also play in the water on the ground (including getting dumped on by a massive bucket!).
There were a number of other fun-looking activities that we just didn’t have time to do, such as tubing down a lazy river and petting the stingrays.
After Aquatica, head over to SeaWorld and take in a show. On our last visit we saw Azul, which was a really amazing show featuring dolphins, whales, exotic birds and acrobatics. This time, we saw “Shamu” in action and that was also impressive.
There are some cool rides too. Steel Eel (which 48 inches up can ride) is a perennial favorite of my twins and is plenty scary for me (and it rarely has a wait). The Journey to Atlantis log ride is also for 48 inches up and also scary!
There is also some water play for little ones in SeaWorld, at the Elmo Bay of Play, which also has a playground and when you want to beat the heat, a 4D Elmo movie.
Tips for visiting SeaWorld San Antonio/Aquatica:
If you must go on a weekend, avoid Saturday if at all possible. We went on a Sunday toward the end of July and were told the previous day was mad, “like the 4th of July”.
Only SeaWorld or SeaWorld/Aquatica combo tickets are available. So start your SeaWorld visit in Aquatica because when it reaches capacity, it will stop new admissions.
Read the rules and regulations before you go on food and other amenities (like no straws allowed for animal safety). The SeaFire Grille fulfilled our lunch needs just fine (in fact we were stuffed) and we bought a Shamu cup that can be refilled for $.99 (plus tax) all over the park.
Parking is $15. Some things like this can be pre-purchased online for a slight discount.
You can get a QuickQueue pass to get to the front of the line on some rides, but ONLY in SeaWorld. We were told Aquatica is still working on this. However, we found that most SeaWorld rides had a minimal wait.
Disclaimer: This visit was sponsored by SeaWorld. Opinions are my own.