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Summertime at SeaWorld Parks

I am not really a summer type of gal.  I dislike the heat, dread stripping down for the sweltering sun, and frustrate easily over long stretches of time with no schedule.  In spite of my disdain, I am blessed to be a part of a family of teachers, so summer time means not only the kids out of school, but lots of family trips and opportunities with the entire family.

One of our favorite mini-vacations is to make a visit to San Diego’s temperate climate to visit SeaWorld; it is here that my childhood ambitions of being a marine biologist are re-kindled (who didn’t want to swim with Shamu as a  child??). I am always in awe of the majesty and design of such magnificent creatures, and am only 99% jealous of the trainers who get to be so close to my marine mammal counterparts!

Photo credit:  Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

This summer, SeaWorld parks are kicking it up a notch! 

At SeaWorld parks across the country, Summer Nights are about to take over.  The parks are open late, offer late night shows like the playful Shamu Rocks and Sea Lions Tonight, host live entertainment, dance parties, giveaways, and boast fireworks to cap off a perfect evening.

 

San Diego

Photo credit:  Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

In case you aren’t a closet marine biologist, SeaWorld San Diego is now home to an exciting thrill ride: Manta. A fast-paced, super smooth roller coaster dropping 54 feet and accelerating at  43 mph in just 2 seconds, the brand new attraction is a great addition to the existing amusement options within the park.  I am a huge fan of thrill rides and found the ride a perfect blend of thrill and comfort; my seven-year-old daughter loved the ride so much she rode it twice!   The ride lasts almost two minutes, launches riders out at two different points during the ride, and is incredibly fun!  Situated above and around a newly designed and renovated ray touch tank and exhibit, the area hosts more than 60 California bat rays, diamond stingrays, shovelnose guitarfish, and more than 400 fish!  Thrill seekers & sea life lovers now have a common place to play.

After a long night at the park, rest your head at Paradise Point Resort & Spa where you can enjoy exclusive water taxi service to and from SeaWorld (you can even enter from your very own VIP gate!).  The island vibe at this resort is amazing—the perfect summer getaway featuring five swimming pools, countless family friendly activities, and your very own beach front patio on the bay!!    My girls played the day away on the private sandy shores of Mission Bay, we relaxed in our luxurious beach-front bungalow, dined at their fantastic restaurants, and finished the evening with s’mores while the lights of the city twinkled on the water.  I’ve never loved summer this much!

 Read full reviews of Paradise Point Resort & Spa | SeaWorld San Diego

 

San Antonio

Photo by: Flickr/colleenpence

If you are in San Antonio, spend your day at the brand new Aquatica Waterpark, located within SeaWorld park, where you can spend the day lounging in a beachside cabana or riding one of the park’s thrilling water slides. For $20 over the SeaWorld admission, you can get the best of both worlds: a cooling water park, and the best of all of SeaWorld’s fantastic summer attractions.

Read full reviews of  SeaWorld San Antonio |Write a review of Aquatica Waterpark

 

Orlando

Photo by: Flickr/julio enriquez

Summer Nights are in full swing in Orlando, where SeaWorld guests can not only enjoy a day at this action packed park and  massive Aquatica waterpark, but can visit Discovery Cove, a relaxing way to get up-close experiences with the marine animals, without all the crowds.  At Discovery Cove, you and your family will be pampered with luxury as you swim with dolphins, relax in lazy rivers, and enjoy all-inclusive dining amenities.  Talk about a pampered way to beat the heat!

Read full reviews of SeaWorld Orlando | Aquatica by SeaWorld | Discovery Cove


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5 Responses to Summertime at SeaWorld Parks

  1. 2ndheartmom June 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks for the info on San Diego’s Sea World! We went and did the zoo and animal park a few years ago, but did not do Sea World and I now have a 3 year old that is OBSESSED with marine animals! We’ve done Monterey Bay Aquarium a few times, but I think she would love the dolphin/whale shows at Sea World. I will be trying to budget this in for the coming year!

  2. Katie June 16, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    @2ndheartmom, Three is a fun age for SeaWorld! Skip the “ride” at Wild Arctic & head to the exhibits- it is a great one for close up encounters.

  3. Erica @Impulsesave June 18, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Ahh it’s been so long since I’ve been. SeaWorld is such a fun place to see all of the animals, and it’s great now that they’ve added things like the Manta

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