I have a two-year old daughter who LOVES animals. She’s been fascinated by animals since I can remember. My husband and I decided that we needed to encourage her love of animals. What better way to do that than SeaWorld?! Since she is two, she gets in free (score). I get in free as well because I’m a teacher. That left us with Shane being the only one needing a pass. If you check out their year passes, you will see the pass more than pays for itself.
Anyways… SeaWorld, like other theme parks, is filled with roller-coasters and rides and LOTS of great adventures for older kids. But what about the younger kiddos? We figured out that there is A LOT for the little ones as well. You just have to be smart about where you go.
We’ve been to SeaWorld SOOOO many times. This is the plan that works best for us. We are able to see everything on this map in 3 hours or less (depending on diaper changes and eating time).
I’ve marked, in order, each spot we visit. You will see a number and a little girl on each spot we visit.
(Please note that we don’t see any shows at the park.)
Stop 1: Manta
Yes it is a big scary roller-coaster. But there is a hidden gem that is so easy to just skip right over.
Just after the ride entrance, is the Aquarium Entrance. You DO NOT want to miss this! It is spectacular inside.
We always spend a good amount of time in there.
Stop 2: Stingrays
This is an interactive spot. They allow you to touch them and feed them! Just careful that you don’t get splashed. I remember this station from when I was a kid. Where else can you pet a stingray without worrying about getting stung?
Stop 3: Dolphins
This is another interactive spot. Depending on the time, you are able to feed and pet the dolphins. FYI, you will likely get splashed. This is a popular spot that is usually crowded. If it is too crowded, there is an underwater viewing station just around the corner. It is air-conditioned, so it is a wonderful spot to stay and chill for a while. My daughter could spend the WHOLE day there.
Stop 4: Turtle Trek
This is a 3-d Movie. It is TOO scary for little ones. However, if you enter the way everyone else does, there are viewing opportunities of Sea Turtles. The turtles are so friendly. They love to come to the glass and follow you around. Once you enter and they call for you to go to the movie, there is an exit. Just tell them you are skipping out on the movie part.
Stop 5: Journey to Atlantis
Obviously the kids can’t ride the ride. However, there is another hidden gem here. Just enter through the exit of the ride, through the store, in the back. There is a small aquarium (that you can walk on). Again, it is air-conditioned, so a great spot to re-cooperate from the heat.
Stop 6: Antarctica
This is a ride that small children can go on. I suggest going on the “easy” part. That way the ride isn’t twisting and jerking your little ones around. This was the first ride my little one ever went on and she did great. Not one tear.
There is a SPECTACULAR surprise at the end of the ride. Warning, it is FREEZING! If you can bear the cold, you will absolutely love this part.
Stop 7: Sea Lions
Sea Lions are so adorable! There is never a dull moment when we visit this spot. They are always playing and barking. Depending on the time of day, you are able to feed them.
Stop 8: Sharks
Warning, it may be intense for your little ones. You are in a tube with sharks at every angle. My little one was completely fine as long as we talked her through it and held onto her.
Stop 9: Happy Harbor
This is where you will spend most if the day. There is unique carousel, train rides, splash pad, small roller-coaster, and a MASSIVE play area. Your kids will be exhausted after playing here.
Stop 10: Wild Arctic
This is another ride that the might be too intense for the kiddos. I ALWAYS skip the ride. Luckily, there is a non-ride option. You want to use this to see the exhibit inside. It is well worth it.
Inside, they have playful Beluga whales, lounging polar bears, and a hilarious walrus. Each exhibit offers an above view AND underwater view. Both are unique and fascinating.
There ya have folks! SeaWorld made easy for the little ones. I hope I’ve made your SeaWorld visit easy.
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originally posted Oct 25, 2014