Although famous for Shamu, Sea World has a lot more to offer than the killer whale mascots! You can stroke stingrays, be fascinated by manatees, chat to a walrus, peek at a penguin and countless more opportunities for interaction with the park's rescued birds, fish and reptiles.
Originally started as a hospitality centre for a brewery in 1959, Sea World has grown into an extremely popular attraction. Perhaps the park with the widest age range appeal, there is something to spellbind golden oldies to the youngest children.
Although one of the largest in size, Sea World is also one of the most relaxing theme parks with a strong ecological/educational theme that does not detract from the excitement! Sea World is our ‘must see’ park whenever we are in Florida . The famous Shamu show is simply breath-taking, but of course there is a whole lot more to Sea World.
Although the rides Sea World does have are thrilling, with Kraken being arguably the highest and most thrilling rollercoaster in Florida , Sea World has fewer rides than the other parks thankfully reducing the need to queue! Sea World is more about exhibits, hands-on experiences like feeding and stroking the rays and dolphins and the fantastic shows. Be sure to collect your map on entry, and then you can plan the day using the shows and feeding times you would like to join.
The busiest days are usually Friday, Saturday and Sunday. During holidays such as Christmas and Easter, the park is usually busier every day.
You will get wet! Take dry clothes or bathing costumes for yourself and children. On the rides wear comfortable footwear that will survive a soaking!
The 'danger' points for this are Shamu's Happy Harbour, the rows nearest the front at the Shamu show and Journey to Atlantis
Although there are multiple baby changing areas within Sea World, infant formula is not for sale. The closest place to get baby milk is a 5 minute drive away so make sure you have plenty. Food and drink for older people is available everywhere in the park from the kiosks, cafes and restaurants.If you pack your own food be careful to remove all straws and plastic lids as they can harm wildlife.
Of course sun cream is recommended as are comfortable sneakers or shoes, and good sunglasses too due to the reflection off all the water!
Be prepared with loose change as you can buy food to feed the rays and dolphins. A small pack of fish costs $4.00, and you can easily get through a few at feeding time! This is one of the highlights of Sea World, you will never forget hand-feeding the animals!
With wide pavements and gentle slopes throughout the park, most attractions, shops, exhibitions and shows are fully accessible to guests using wheelchairs and walking assistance devices. Wheelchairs and pushchairs are available to be rented.The shows have reserved seating with ramps. Additional services are available to guests with visual or hearing disabilities
The risk of rain need not hamper your enjoyment of Sea World as nearly a third of the attractions are inside, and many others are shielded from the elememts.If the rain is unexpected and you are unprepared you can buy waterproof ponchos throughout the park. During a thunderstorm, Journey to Atlantis, Kraken, Sky Tower, Shamu's Happy Harbour and the Paddle Boats may be closed.
All day parking for visitors costs from $7 per day for a car. For $3 more you can park in the nearest rows to the entrance. This is recommended during the busiest times if you have older or younger people with you who may be tired after an exciting day. However it may be unnecessary when the car park is less crowded as Sea World is one of the less tiring and most leg-friendly of the parks.
Just off the intersection of I-A and the Beeline express way. The journey takes about 15 minutes from Orlando Airport.
Travelling west on I-A towards Disney, take exit 72 onto Highway528/Beeline Expressway, then the first exit onto International Drive where you can follow the signs to the car park. Travelling east take exit 71.
As you get near to the park you can tune your radio to 1540AM for the park's latest news and information.
Sea World Orlando. 7007 Sea World Drive. Orlando. 32821
407/351-3600 or 800/327-2424
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