My family loves Sea World. Actually we visit about two times a year and Noah would go weekly if he was given the chance. We were invited to a blogger event by Visit San Antonio a couple of weekends ago and I thought it would make a good post to share some tips with you when visiting Sea World that I have learned.
Let’s call this the Dos and Don’ts of Sea World.
DO plan to stay all day, especially during the summer. There are quite a few shows to see as well as rides for both little kids and big kids. You also might want to visit the water park at no additional cost that is inside Sea World so taking a couple of hours for a break during the hot day to cool down is a great idea. Bring swimsuits!
DO NOT sit in the Splash Zone unless you want to get wet and smell like fish. I know the row of benches marked Splash Zone goes up fairly high, I believe 16 rows if I remember correctly. Trust me, this isn’t for show effect to make you think the splash is larger than what it is, it truly can splash that high. Remember the shows include sea mammals which of course smell like sea mammals.
DO sit in the Splash Zone during the last show of the day if you would like to get splashed for fun, especially during the Shamu show. My oldest loves to get wet and when we are leaving the park she doesn’t mind smelling like fish for the short drive to the hotel. Don’t feel bad allowing your children to sit up front while you sit a little higher, as long as they are old enough to stay put, you can keep an eye on them from your seat and they usually get a lot more excited about Shamu soaking them than you do.
DO wear water proof mascara, sunscreen and drink lots of water. You will sweat during the summer heat in Texas.
When your child no longer wants his/her piece of cotton candy in the middle of a show, DO NOT place it in your lap thinking it can gently rest there until end of show to dispose of, it WILL melt on your capris and cause a very sticky mess.
DO purchase the Quick Queue passes for older kids and adults that want to ride all the rides in the park. During the summer months Sea World is very busy and these passes work wonders to skip lines.
DO NOT purchase Quick Queue passes for younger children. They do not work on kiddie rides, except for the Shamu Express kid coaster.
DO purchase the all day meal passes for adults at $29.95 and children at $13.95 if you plan to stay all day and eat/drink all meals for the day at park. The wrist bands allow you to get meals, sides, desserts and drinks all day. I highly recommend even going through the line to get a free bottle of water outside of your regular meals times. Take full advantage of the all access pass and you’ll save money in the long run.
DO NOT purchase a separate dessert if you have the all day meal pass arm band. The arm band includes one meal and one side or dessert with drink, each time through line. However you can purchase your meal, side and drink. Then eat, enjoy and go through line again for dessert. It’s honestly no hassle and if you pay for all access pass it’s silly to pay for additional food. My kids loved getting the fruit during the day for snacks in between meals and this is also included in the restaurants, you do not have to always get a meal.
DO purchase a tray of fish to feed the dolphins. It’s worth the extra cost for the experience. Feeding the dolphins is a lot of fun and it’s my son’s favorite activity. If you do it like the trainer shows then you are even given a chance to pet them. We were able to capture some great photos during the feedings as well and the dolphins are eager for the attention and food. It’s wonderful! Check the feeding times as soon as you arrive at the park, usually they are every hour starting at 1:00 PM but this does vary. The line can get long so I advise you arrive early to scheduled feeding time.
DO HAVE FUN!
Full Disclosure: My family and I were invited to visit San Antonio and Sea World for a social media event. We were provided with complimentary tickets to Sea World as well as Quick Queue passes and all access meal passes in order to appreciate the full experience of the park. All opinions in this blog post are 100% mine and this is not a sponsored post.