After we replaced our tire, we were ready for Sea World! I had never been to any of the Sea World parks previously, although I’ve been to both Orlando and San Diego. I fully admit to being a Disney loyalist! Sea World never made my list before this trip. We had two full days in Sea World and the new Aquatica Waterpark. Theme parks are a challenge for a family with little kids, as while the adults may want to ride some of the bigger rides, usually they must do so alone, while the other parent waits with the kids who are too small (or too scared) to ride. We found that Sea World had some rides like this, some rides we all enjoyed, rides specifically for the kids, and some great shows, not to mention adorable animals! Here are some of the highlights of our trip.
– The Sesame Street Bay of Play was where the Sesame Street characters hung out. There was a water play area and lots of kid sized rides. Zachary also enjoyed the Shamu themed roller coaster just outside of the Bay of Play.
Gabbie refused to get in any pictures with Sesame Street characters. Zachary however wanted to meet all of them. Simon wasn’t quite sure what he thought!
– The animals were very exciting. We love zoos and aquariums, but I don’t think we were ever able to get this close to aquatic animals before. On day 2 we even fed the dolphins!
– The shows were a lot of fun and we especially loved Azul, which combined acrobatics and animals. We watched it twice! We also watched the Shamu show and the water ski show.
– Rides. Dave went on the most rides out of all of us. He went on with the kids and he went off on his own to ride a few rides. I rode a few on my own too, but they weren’t so worth it. I forced Gabbie to wait an hour for a water ride which at the very end glides past the rays and other fish. It wasn’t all it was hyped up to be at all! We did enjoy the lazy river, the rapids ride (which Simon is too small for so we had to take turns), and just playing in the water at Aquatica.
We also met the two penguin characters, Penny and Pete!
Summer BBQ Bash!