The Retreat at Legacy Park in Orlando
Known as Orlando's best kept secret, Sea World Orlando FL is a great theme park for adults and children of all ages. Covering over 200 acres, the adventure park offers world-class shows, thrilling rides and hands-on animal encounters. Unlike Orlando's other amusement parks, Sea World Orlando is large and spread-out so you'll never feel crowded. Several reasonable Orlando hotels are located close-by on International Drive, so your best bet is to visit in the morning, go back to your hotel for lunch and a swim, them return to Sea World in the cooler evening hours.
If time is limited, the following attractions are the ones that you don't want to miss.
SEAWORLD ORLANDO FLORIDA THRILL RIDES:
Kraken is the newest, highest, fastest, and longest roller coaster in Orlando. It's also floorless with open-sided seats, which means the riders feet dangle. The roller coaster reaches speeds up to 65 mph. Height requirement is 54".
JOURNEY TO ATLANTIS:
Part water-ride, part roller coaster, the Journey to Atlantis ride combines the excitement of both into this one-of-a-kind water-coaster. The ride includes two of the steepest, wettest, fastest drops to be found in any theme park. Height requirement is 42".
WILD ARCTIC :
Guests have a choice of two ways to visit the Polar Exhibit, they can walk through, or they can enter by way of the Wild Arctic ride, a simulated motion-based flight over the frozen Arctic. Though tame-looking in appearance, this ride is not for guests who experience motion-sickness. Height requirement is 42".
SEAWORLD ORLANDO'S ANIMAL EXHIBITS:
MANATEES: THE LAST GENERATION:
If you're short on time, skip the movie and go straight to the aquarium where you can view gentle endangered Florida manatees. The attraction was named the best new zoological exhibit in the country by
The American Zoological Association.
Guests ride a 120-ft. moving walkway through this icy exhibit featuring more than 200 playful penguins. Children love this exhibit, so don't miss it. The exhibit holds four species of penguins and is kept at a
freezing 30 degrees. Six thousand pounds of snow falls daily inside the simulated penguin habitat. On your way out, be sure to visit the puffins.
WILD ARCTIC EXHIBIT
Don't miss the Wild Arctic where you'll be transported into a simulated twilight zone of the Arctic circle. Children will enjoy watching the baby-faced beluga whales toss balls around, but don't forget to visit the
enormous walrus on the lower level. He loves interacting with visitors.
KEY WEST AT SEAWORLD
If you want to handfeed the dolphins, go straight to this area when the park opens and get in line for the dolphin food (a cup of fish). The dolphin's appetites diminish quickly so morning is your best time to do
this. There's also a smaller tank holding gentle stingrays that park visitors are allowed to touch.
Children (and adults) are always amazed at the size of these giant Budweiser Clydesdales. Don't miss a walk through their stalls to see them up close. During daily petting sessions, guests can have their
photo taken with a Clydesdale.
Travel through the world's largest, underwater acrylic tunnel and find yourself just inches away from dangerous predators in Shark Encounter. Slithery eels, frightening barracuda, venomous fish and
toothy sharks make their home in this coral reef habitat.
Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island:
This is my family's favorite attraction at SeaWorld Orlando. The park's talented sea lions, otters, and a giant walrus join the actors in a tale of pirates and lost treasure. This is a not-to-be-missed show. Get there
early, the mime working the crowd before the show is hilarious.
Shamu Rocks America:
Both of the Shamu shows are great, but this nighttime show is a perfect ending to the day. The killer whales and their trainers perform high-energy routines to loud rock music. Take note of the splash-zone signs.
Trust me-you will get wet if you're sitting in those seats and the water is ice cold!
PRIVATE ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS
Along with the opportunities to touch stingrays and feed dolphins, SeaWorld also offers special programs for a limited number of participants who desire an even closer animal encounter. Surprisingly inexpensive, the one-hour programs include tours of rescue and rehabilitation facilities, a behind-the-scenes arctic tour where you can pet a penguin, and a predators tour of the shark tank where you can even touch a white-spotted bamboo shark. For the truly adventurous, SeaWorld offers the chance to scuba dive enclosed in a shark tank in the Shark Encounter attraction.
BEST FOR SMALL CHILDREN
Shamu's Happy Harbor is a wonderful place for small children to run off some energy. Pack a bathing suit for the kids so they can play in the water jungle gym. Older children will enjoy climbing in the large netted
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|Shamu the killer whale spins SeaWorld animal trainer Caroline Gibbs during the Shamu Adventure show. SeaWorld trainers have worked for years to build a special relationship with these majestic animals.|
|Guests experience the wonder of dolphins through hands-on experiences and feeding at Key West at SeaWorld . This 2.1-acre lagoon is home for a large community of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and features above-water feeding opportunities, as well as underwater viewing.|
|Guests enjoy the tasty cuisine while soaking up the underwater scenery at Sharks Underwater Grill at SeaWorld. Sharks Underwater Grill is an upscale, full-service restaurant that offers a blend of Caribbean and Florida fare with an emphasis on seafood, and hosts over 50 sharks in its 660,000-gallon shark habitat.|
| Draped in an elaborate costume and headdress, Ute Wenland symbolizes the spirit of the sky as she soars across a vibrant Broadway-designed set. SeaWorld's animal trainers and dolphins dance in the water while blue and gold macaws take flight overhead. Now showing at SeaWorld Orlando, Blue Horizons unites visions of Broadway with majestic dolphins and false killer whales, spirited performers and exotic birds.
Thrill seekers enjoy a spin on Kraken, SeaWorld Orlando's "floorless" roller coaster. Named after a legendary sea monster, this wickedly fast serpent coaster breaks all Orlando records, including tallest, fastest, longest and wildest.
Yes, they really are upside down, Yes that is the back of the ride you can see in the background ..... and Yes, they are screaming!
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