I recently had the pleasure of visiting SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida this past week and I have to say that I was impressed. As a child I remember visiting SeaWorld and watching their shows but since my last visit which was over a decade ago SeaWorld has made some major improvements. I have put together a short list of some of the things that I learned while visiting. I invite you to look it over and learn a little more about SeaWorld. Be sure to check back with my follow up article on insider tips on your next Orlando vacation.
- Rescues. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens have rescued over 1500 animals this year alone. I was given a chance to watch and meet some of the amazing staff at SeaWorld who are dedicated to the rehabilitation of these wonderful creatures.
- The state is more involved than you think. While touring SeaWorld, I learned that it is the state who decides which organization gets involved when an animal needs rescuing. The state also decides who will take on the large task of nursing the animal back to health. When the animal is feeling better it is the state who decides whether or not the animal can be released into the wild.
- Solar Power. During my visit to SeaWorld I was impressed with their Solar Powered pop machines. Just another way that SeaWorld does it part to monitor their footprints on the earth.
- Resources for Teachers. SeaWorld provides online resources for teachers to use in the classroom for grades K-12. Kids can learn about habits to building and understanding ecosystems.
- Website just for Kids. SeaWorld provides an interactive website for kids. At SeaWorldKids.com there are videos, games, apps and information for kids to learn more and educate themselves on wildlife of all types.
- Education while on Vacation. Worried about taking your kids on vacation and missing school? SeaWorld is what I like to call a “learning park”. There is so much to do, see and learn. Each exhibit not only teaches you about the animals but submerges you in there habitat. Work with your teachers and tell them you will be visiting SeaWorld. The staff at SeaWorld is very knowledgeable and is willing to answer any questions. My 8 year old missed some school and had so much to write about she didn’t know where to start.
- Pets Ahoy Pets Ahoy is a live show with dogs, cats, birds, rats, ducks and even pigs. This show is fun for the kids but the best part is that all the four legged friends are rescues from animal shelters. Sea World turns a bad situation in an amazing opportunity for these furry friends.
- Free Admission to Park. Seaworld cares about all animals and that is why they support local animal shelters. Happy Tails™ is an animal adoption program that provides participating shelter adopters two free single-day admissions to a SeaWorld park or Busch Gardens when they adopt a dog or cat.
- Up Close Tour. Sea World provides one of the best up close tours. My family and I were able to experience the Penguins up close. There is almost no words to describe how incredibly amazing this was. To be so close and to even touch such a gentle creature was an experience of a lifetime. The staff were wonderful with my daughter as they answered all of her questions. We learned allot and hope to do it again some day.
- Programs for kids. Think your child has interest in becoming a marine biologist ? Or maybe they just want to learn more about the creatures in the sea. SeaWorld has day camps, overnight adventures, scholarship programs and more to help peak the interest in kids.
This list is just a small snapshot in all that Sea World does in a day. This park is completely interactive, educational and fun. If you are visiting the Orlando area for your next vacation I highly recommend visiting Sea World. Be sure to check back for my insiders tips on visiting Sea World.