SeaWorld Orlando; Family Travel


After our week at Walt Disney World and during our stay at All Star Vacation Homes, our family spent a day at SeaWorld Orlando, with thanks to Visit Orlando.

Orlando and ParkFrom what this Canadian has seen in commercials or from other people, the only knowledge I had going in was – Killer Whales. Yet what I didn’t know was that there so so much to do and see at Sea World. It really is a must-see when visiting the state.

First off, the park is HUGE, you need that handy map so grab on at the entrance. We knew that we wanted to take in Blue Horizons, the famous killer what show false killer whale show. So, before exploring Sea World, we headed to the amphitheatre to catch the next show.

A close up of a sign, shamu stationIt DID NOT disappoint! Wow!

Before you sit down in the bleachers, there’s whale facts all over the place, which was so great for the kids {and us parents learned a lot as well}. On the screens there is more info too, which is great for education but also a bonus to keeping the kids occupied while you wait.

Sea World and WhalesThe trainers did not get into the tank, and the whales did tricks, flips and splashed the audience in cue. We sat fairly close and dead center, yet sadly did not get splashed much {it was a scorching day, and we needed to be cooled down!}

swimming in a pool of water, seaworldNot at all circus-y, the show was vert tasteful and fun and you could tell the trainers just loved their jobs.

whales, at seaworldNext we toured the park in a circle, taking in everything as we went. We decided to not take in any more shows, but rather wander and let the kids decide what to do. That’s when my daughter spotted Sting Ray encounter at Sting Ray Lagoon. You stand so close, and again get so much information. My oldest daughter just beamed that she actually got to feed and touch a stingray!

A close up of a fishBeing a park, Sea World also has rides – and we rode a lot of them. For the adults, the Manta Flying Roller Coaster is by far the best. Yep it’s fast and it goes upside down, but it’s also the smoothest ride. Another favorite for us adults and my daughter {age 7} was the Journey to Atlantis, a water ride that has a few dips and splashes to it.

A large building with Atlantis, The Palm in the backgroundKids will love Shamu’s Happy Harbor, a collection of great rides and attractions for just the kids {adults can partake in most, yet they really are made to please the younger crowds}. I liked that these were all in one area and we did spend a fair amount of time here. We had a lot of fun as a family on the Shamu Express roller coaster, forever known as ‘the twins’ first roller coater’!

I didn’t even scratch the surface of all the fun things to do and see at Sea World in Orlando, there are so many other attractions, shows, rides and let’s not forget – great food and drink!

Orlando and Sea WorldWhen I visit Orlando again, I would most definitely go back to Sea World. Since the park is so educational and interactive, I wished we had the time to take in more shows and exhibits.

Have a look at all that Sea World Orlando has to offer – I think you’ll be amazed as well!




  1. You had lots of fun over there. We are going soon and we are so excited about it. I did not know that it had rides!!

  2. We recently visited the San Diego location and loved our experience! Although, we were there on a day one would not want to get wet. 😉

  3. I find that the educational trips are always the funnest! Sea World has so much to offer, I have vivid memories of it when I went to San Diego WAY back in ’96.

  4. Looks like fun!! When my cousins went down this February they went to Sea World for a day and went to Discovery Cove as well. They had a blast at both places.

  5. We spend so much time at he bigger Theme Parks like Disney and Universal we never seem to have time left to visit SeaWorld. Next time we will have to go it looks very interesting.

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