Step-by-Step guide with 10 stops {Sea World Made Simple with Small Children}

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.)

Sea World Made Simple with Small Children

Sea World Made Simple with Small Children

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.

Hidden Gem

Hidden Gem

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.

The movie before the ride is adorable!

The movie before the ride is adorable!


The scenery in the ride is bold and beautiful!

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.

You are SO close to the penguins. It is amazing.

You are SO close to the penguins. It is amazing.

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.

Happy Harbor

Happy Harbor





So Much FUN

So Much FUN

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.

I’d love to know what you think. Leave some love below.

originally posted Oct 25, 2014

6 Responses to Step-by-Step guide with 10 stops {Sea World Made Simple with Small Children}

  1. Kristen October 25, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Great guide. I love that you found all the hidden gems through out the park and shared them! And that little one is super cute, but you already know that! ;)Thank you!

  2. Joanne April 1, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    We used this last week when my husband took our son! He didn’t even use the park map and only used this guide instead. My son was super excited and they hit all the spots with no crankiness.

    Thanks so much for putting it together!

  3. Angie January 11, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

    Thank you for this! We’ve been twice now and both times felt disappointed that we didn’t see many animals. Hidden gems indeed! Will use this map next time.

    • Lisa January 11, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

      So glad you found this helpful! Hope that you will enjoy your next visit! Thanks for being a part of our OMB community!

  4. Christy July 10, 2016 at 3:02 pm #

    This is fantastic!! Thank you! I am joining my husband on his work trip next week to Orlando (will be there for 2 weeks). I was thinking about getting a SW pass for the time we’re there for my son and I am so excited to get one now and know these 10 tips will keep us busy in the mornings before nap time. 🙂


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