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It has been quite some time since we have had the opportunity to take the girls to Sea World. This visit to San Antonio we planned a little more carefully so that there was no way we would miss out on and the fun filled adventures at Sea World and Aquatica. We were so excited because there are so many new things to see and do that the girls were practically jumping for joy. It was probably one of the few days this summer that getting them up early wasn’t hard work at all.
Our Sea World San Antonio Aquatica Adventure
Our first stop was the Steel Eel, a hypercoaster features a vertical drop of 15 stories followed by a series of camelbacks that provide periods of weightlessness. It was pretty intense! But there’s not stopping them from doing coasters now that they have experienced them at places like Universal and Disneyland.
Next we headed to Discovery Point and Ocean Discovery. Unique to Texas, Discovery Point offers an opportunity to experience amazing interactive swims with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, beluga whales and sea lions. Guests get nose to bottlenose with dolphins while learning about animal behavior and communication, as well as becoming inspired to care for and protect marine mammals.
Money Saving Tip! For a limited time, SeaWorld is offering its 2-park Annual Pass for only $114. This is a $21 savings. The 2-Park Annual Pass offers unlimited admission to both SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio in addition to free parking, free tickets for friends, and in park discounts on merchandise, as well as special dining offers and many other exclusive benefits.
We considered doing one of the many experiences. We actually came prepared to swim with the dolphins (or sea lions). But the girls changed there mind and decided to roam around a little bit more. Up next we learned about the Roa’s Aviary were Sea World cares for more than just marine life but for those in the air too. Meet Chloe the Barred Owl, who was rescued and is cared for since she is unable to return to the wild.
Sea World is open daily until August 27, so summer break is the perfect time to visit. Visiting during the week means less crowds but even on a weekend we still were able to do everything we wanted to and see everything we wanted to see. Can’t make it this summer? There’s holiday happenings like the Halloween Spooktacular, Howl O Scream, and Christmas Celebration.
Worried about the time we headed next door to the amazing Aquatica Waterpark! Here are a few of our favorite things to do there.
If one can be found Mr. Money Saving Parent can find it! Man can’t live on ice cream and waterparks alone.
Brand New Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster
The only thing we didn’t get to do was the brand new Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster. Mom messed up and I thought it would be open when we were there but it opened just days later. I guess that means we may need to make another trip there really soon!
Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster combines the thrill of a roller coaster with the adrenaline rush of a marine animal rescue mission. Inspired by the heroics of the SeaWorld Rescue Team, Wave Breaker’s jet-ski style car is the first of its kind in North America. The unique design engages riders in a straddled position and allows them to grip the handle bars as they race through a series of high-speed maneuvers and a pair of pulse-pounding launches over water.
Guests will board Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster in a queue-house themed with stories from some of the 30,000 rescues the SeaWorld Rescue Team has been involved with over the past 50 years. Before launch, riders will be assigned a mission – a sea turtle, dolphin or sea lion rescue. After the mission briefing, riders will grip the handlebars and prepare to race into action covering 2,600-feet of track – the majority of which is located directly over water, creating the sensation that riders are racing across the park’s lake. Each rescue mission will take a train of 16 riders through a more than three minute ride, reaching speeds of up to 44 mph and heights up to 61-feet.
Money Saving Tip! Seasonal SeaWorld vacation packages are available year round at partner hotels. Children 9 and under stay and enter the park for free when accompanied by a participating adult. Visit SeaWorld Vacation Packages for more information.
Also new and only available during the month of July is the Hydro Power Extreme FX Ski Show! Sparks fly at night at Bayside Stadium as the best of the best premiere athletes from SeaWorld’s Xtreme Hydro Action Team come together to ignite the night with dynamic hydro-sport action and explosive effects.
Community, Animal Rescue and Education
In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean. SeaWorld® animal experts have helped more than 30,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and/or abandoned – for more than 50 years. More information can be found at SeaWorldCares.com.
Teachers and students can access SeaWorld’s award-winning website for information about marine animals, by visiting SeaWorld.org.
Fast Facts for Planning Your Sea World/Aquatica San Antonio Trip
Purchase your SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio tickets at any ticket window at the front gate of the park or guests can purchase tickets in advance online at SeaWorldSanAntonio.com or AquaticaSanAntonio.com. Guests may purchase single day tickets as well as multi-day and multi-park tickets, as well as Fun Cards, Annual Passes and Platinum Passes.
Don’t like lines? Get the Quick Queue! This gives you unlimited priority access at select attractions.
What about Parking? $20 – General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks, recreation vehicles and campers; $23 – Preferred parking. Free parking for Annual Pass Members and Platinum Members. Preferred parking is subject to availability.
For park hours be sure to visit the website. Select days have extended hours so it’s a good idea to double check when making your plans to visit.
Guest services include: Strollers, wheelchairs, and lockers are available for rental. Wheelchair seating is available at all facilities. Diaper-changing, baby-nursing areas, first aid, automated teller machines, and taxi and bus parking may be found on-site.
Did you know? More money saving tips
SeaWorld San Antonio offers teachers and pre-school children (who register by May 31, 2017) in the state of Texas free 2017 Fun Cards. SeaWorld salutes the men and women of our armed forces and their families through the Waves of Honor program, which enables active military (who register by Sept. 4, 2017) and up to three dependents receive free single day admission to SeaWorld San Antonio. A strong supporter of San Antonio’s animal shelters and No Kill goals, the park offers admission incentives to those who adopt animals from qualifying shelters.