Yesterday Pete, B and I went to SeaWorld and had such a blast! I have been wanting to get an annual pass for a while but kept putting it off. I heard this week SeaWorld had a special "Bring a Friend for Free" promotion that ended September 30, so I went ahead and bought the pass. I tried to register on the website but for some reason it wasn't working so we just decided to chance it and head to the park. Anyways, we got there and were able to get the free ticket (usually $69.95)! What an amazing deal! Sorry I didn't post about this earlier but I just found out about it and wasn't sure it would even work. I will keep an eye out for new deals.
SeaWorld is such a great place for kids (and adults) and I love that it is educational too. It is only about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando and easy to park and get right into the fun. The park was not overcrowded and you weren't pushing through people to try to get places. There is definitely alot of walking, or chasing in my case, so wear comfy shoes.
So many of the attractions and shows were great, it's really hard to pick favorites. B really loved the Blue Horizons Dolphin and Whale Show. The most amazing part was that he actually sat still!! That was my favorite part of the day haha. He was all over the place and once the show started he sat and watched in amazement and was pointing and waving at the dolphins. It was so cute! We loved all the animal exhibits too. There is so much to sea (pun intended) at the park.
SeaWorld also has an amazing kid's area called Shamu's Happy Harbor. It has all kinds of fun stuff from a splash pad, roller coaster and rides, carousel, pirate ship and games. You could spend all day just in this area. It has covered picnic tables and was great to sit and eat lunch while B could run around.
As you can see, I could go on and on about this place but I will stop. I know we will be getting our money's worth out of the annual pass. Alot of the Moms/kids in our playgroup have passes so we are excited to join in the fun with them too.
H's Helpful Hints:
- Alot of areas have stroller parking (shows, rides, etc.) so bring a bag that is easy to carry around since you don't want to leave valuables. A backpack would be great.
- Bring lunch, snacks and drinks. They let you bring your own into the park. Also, don't forget a swimsuit if your kids want to play in the splash park.
- Buy the annual pass for $99.95 plus tax and receive free parking and discounts on some food and merchandise. Check the site for lots of pass options including Aquatica, Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. Buy it online before you go though to save the $12 parking fee.