When taking a trip to Orlando you may be looking for things to do in the area other than Disney World. Two of the most popular attractions besides Disney are Sea World and LEGOLAND. If you enjoy seeing aquatic life and have a love of roller coasters, Sea World Orlando might be the best place to check out.
There are several shows at Sea World and the key to seeing them all is to plan your day according to the scheduled show times. Each main show attraction is in a different part of the park, so you might want to try to tackle one area at a time, otherwise you will spend your day walking around back & forth. Since our time was limited to one day, we decided to see only two shows and spend the bulk of our time at the exhibits.
What to Do during your Day at Sea World Orlando
Sting Ray Encounter. If you have to narrow your trip down to see only a few things, I would highly recommend that you spend some time on their hands-on exhibits like the Sting Ray encounter. If you have never had a chance to be up close and personal with sea creatures, Sea World gives you to chance to not only feed them, but to also physically interact with them.
Dolphin Cove. If you love dolphins, you will love this exhibit. Not only can you have a chance to see them jump & dive up close, you can also get a chance to hand feed a dolphin. When you get to the Dolphin Cove, you will have two line choices. One line (the longer of the two) will give you a chance to feed the dolphins by hand. The other will allow you to only observe the dolphins.
Sea World Orlando Tip: If you don’t want to waste an hour or more standing in line at the Dolphin Encounter, you can walk straight over to the Dolphin pool observation point to see them up close.
Sea Lion & Otter Show. One of the cutest shows at Sea World Orlando is Sea Lion High. Clyde and Seamore go back to school in slippery pursuit of their diplomas.! You will be surprised at how these creatures communicate with their handlers and kids will love how silly their behavior is!
Turtle Trek. Learn about the plight of sea turtles in this 360 degree theater. You will feel like you are part of the ocean as you get educated on environmental conditions that can cause these beautiful creatures harm.
Jewel of Sea Aquarium & Shark Encounter. Who doesn’t love an aquarium. You will see plenty of beautiful fish along with other sea creatures like Sea Horses, Manna Rays and Sharks. The highlight of the aquarium is the Shark Encounter where you can not only walk underneath these beasts but also watch the handlers feeding them.
Happy Harbour. With all the sitting (for shows) and walking around, your kids will need to burn some energy. Happy Harbour is a kids play area that has plenty of fun things for the kids to do. It also has a few fun kid-sized rides.
Killer Whale Show. Probably the most impressive show was in fact the one I was dreading the most. After the 2010 incident with Shamu, I was really hesitant about going to see the killer whale performance at the Stadium. I wanted to make sure that my kids had a full experience of Sea World Orlando and keeping them from seeing the whales, didn’t seem like the fair thing to do, so we perched ourselves high in the bleachers and waited for the show to begin.
I have been to Sea World several times in my life as a child and once again back in 2003, when my oldest was 1 1/2, but the show was drastically different. There were NO trainers in the tank with the whales and there was a back story about on the big screen that was not only educational, but very moving. Yes, the whales did jumps on cues (to music I might add), but it was more tastefully done than I had anticipated. I walked away very pleased with what I saw.
Sea World Orlando Tip: Those seated closest to the tank at Shamu Stadium will get wet!
Empire of the Penguins. Get a glimpse of a penguin colony in what looks like a real environment that they’d live in! You will get to see them interact with each other and swim under water in this expansive habitat.
Rides. If you love Roller Coasters, you are going to LOVE Sea World. This park may seem like it is all about animal encounters, but it has some of the best roller coasters in Orlando. Take your pick between Kraken, Mako and Manta.
Overall, Sea World Orlando is a great theme park that the entire family will enjoy. You will need at least one whole day to see everything there is to see here. Many people take advantage of the SeaWorld Orlando Two Park Ticket so that they can do both Sea World and either Busch Gardens or Aquatica (the Sea World Waterpark).
Have you been to Sea World Orlando? What are you favorite parts of this theme park?