When people visit Orlando, Florida they are sure to include visits to the principal theme parks: Disney World and Universal Studios, but if I were to choose the third must-see attraction in this region then my choice would be Sea World. This is a theme park which manages to combine fun, education, nature conservation and amusement park excitement all in one locale. If you are interested to know what you may expect to find in Sea World, then read on and we’ll have a look at the key features of this park.
In case you have children, or if you’re a big kid yourself, then the exceptional allure of Sea World is to have the ability to get up close to exotic and mysterious creatures like sea turtles, dolphins, penguins and stingrays. Sea World accomplishes this by putting these creatures in themed areas that closely match the natural habitats.
By way of example, one of the popular areas at Sea World is the Wild Arctic. The Arctic eco-system is replicated here with thick walls of ice and an old boat. Visitors get to see real walruses, beluga whales and polar bears as well.
As this is Florida warm water creatures are also featured “celebrities” of the show. At the Stingray Lagoon you can watch 200 beams float in a protected habitat. Now, before you let the name scare you, Stingrays are nice and docile animals, in reality you can also make them “high-five” you if you put your hand in the water! The lagoon also comes with a stingray nursery where you can watch the pups play. Animal experts are also on hand to answer your questions about these unusually grace creatures.
Among the earth’s oldest species is that the turtle. At Sea World’s Turtle stage you can find a close look at 300 sea turtles, ranging in size from the little hatchlings to six foot long leatherbacks. The turtles reside in a natural lagoon that includes a beach, sand dunes and feature vegetation of the turtle’s natural habitat.
Although Sea World is located in Florida, the park’s creators did a great job of recreating a Los Angeles nature preserve featuring California sea lions. In the park’s “Pacific Point Preserve” you can meet, feed and touch these gregarious animals. Feeding time is the big moment for this part of the park, as the sea lions and harbor seals always put on a terrific display for the visitors.
And if the sea animals are not enough to entertain you and your family the park has some more attractions in the kind of sea-themed rides and experiences. One of the newest attractions is called Journey to Atlantis. You get to see the mythical lost continent at a water coaster that features wet and steep plunges. (You will get wet on this ride, so be prepared).
The park also has a 15 storey roller coaster that features floorless cars! I said “floorless” which means there are no floors in the riding cars. This coaster puts you upside down seven times at rates that reach 65 mph.
Rounding out the offerings at Sea World is the Waterfront, a dining and entertainment complex where you are able to relax after enjoying all the sights and action of Sea World. Thus, when you see Orlando, place it in your “must-see” list.