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10 Top Expert Tips When Visiting Sea World Orlando With Family

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No trip to Florida would be quite complete without a stop at Sea World in Orlando. Full of shows, rides and of course animals, Sea World is a family-friendly destination that offers something exciting for everyone. Where else can you get up close and personal with some of the biggest marine animals out there? Only at Sea World! If you are planning a trip in the near future, here are 10 tips to keep in mind during your visit to Sea World!

Top 10 Tips When Visiting Sea World

Visiting Sea World is an absolute must on your next family-friendly trip to Orlando. There are so many tips and tricks to keep in mind that you may start to feel a little overwhelmed by all the choices! Here are our top 10 expert tips for families visiting Sea World in Orlando, Florida:

  • Check Online with TripAdvisor to get the best price for SeaWorld Tickets

With great reviews and low prices, consider booking your family trip to Sea World using TripAdvisor. With the ease of the online booking option, it’s possible to literally plan your entire trip from start to finish, all with a few clicks of the button. Reading the reviews and comments from others really helps to make decisions based on your travel needs.

  • Upgrade to the All-Day Dining Deal at Sea World

Love to eat but don’t want to pay the hefty food cost each and every time you are hungry? Upgrade to the All-Day Dining Deal which allows you to eat something as often as once every hour! Depending on how long you plan to be in the park, that’s a ton of food available to be consumed! With prices starting at $34.99 for adults and $19.99 for children ages 3-9, it’s a simple and worry-free way to not have to stress about your food budget during your visit to Sea World.

All Day Dining at Sea World, Sea World in Orlando

  • Preferred Parking at Sea World is an option

Love going to Sea World but hate parking so far away? Why not upgrade to preferred parking so you and your family won’t put so many miles on your shoes before even entering the entrance of Sea World? Park closer to save that energy for exploring everything that Sea World has to offer!

  • Participate in the Dolphin Encounter & Feeding

Dolphins are beautiful mammals and the employees at Sea World do a great job of caring for them. If you have the time, participate in the Dolphin Encounter & Feeding. You and your family can interact and be a part of a training session and learn a ton of valuable information about how Sea World cares for the dolphins. Tickets are $20/per person to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

  • Plan on seeing the Shark Encounter exhibit and Stingray Experience

While the sharks are incredible and amazing in themselves, you and your family can walk together to view the sharks in one of the biggest underwater viewing tunnels in the world! Being surrounded by three of your bedroom walls can be overwhelming.

shark encounter at sea world

While the Stingray Experience isn’t technically seasonal, it’s an experience that you definitely don’t want to miss. You’ll get the chance to touch one of 120 different stingrays swimming just below the surface. If you’ve never felt a stingray, this is a must!

  • The Quick Queue Unlimited at Sea World is worth the cost

Sea World offers a ton of exciting rides with the option to not have to wait in line. With the Quick Queue Unlimited, you and your kids can bump to the front of the line each and every time! That’s an investment and cost that pays for itself immediately!

  • Hold on tight and challenge yourself and your family to ride all 5 roller coasters that Sea World has to offer

Think you have what it takes to ride all the roller coasters that Sea World has to offer? Why not give it a try! With 5 different roller coasters to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding the one that sits best with you.

manta flying roller coaster at sea world in Orlando


Visiting Sea World with small children? Happy Harbor welcomes young adventurers with a variety of family rides and play area.

Jazzy Jellies

Don’t forget to take a trip up the iconic Sky Tower during your visit of Sea World! Whether you choose to do this before you go, or right when you arrive, you’ll be able to have a clear view of everything that Sea World has to offer! (There was a small extra fee associated with this that wasn’t included in the admission of the park.)

  • Arrive early for any show that you’re interested in 

Many people don’t know that Sea World offers some truly great performances as well. If you are looking for a way to take a break and try something different during your Sea World visit, do your research and find a show that you and your family will like! Arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time to find seating and make certain that you don’t miss anything.

One Ocean, Sea World

If you are looking for a recommendation for a show to see, make certain to check out One Ocean, the Killer Whale Show. Packed full of killer whales and takes you on a journey of wonder and amazement!

One Ocean Killer Whale Show at Sea World

SeaWorld Cares

Sea World takes great pride in making certain that they are providing wonderful care for their animals. It’s obvious that they have a passion for making certain all of their varying animals are receiving world-class care. Sea World has an animal hospital on site to care for any and all issues that may arise, plus they work with many top veterinarians and animal experts to ensure that their animals are receiving amazing care. Many of the animals that they take in are rescued and rehabbed to help them return back to their natural habitats. Not only are they regulated by federal and state laws, Sea World is also accredited by The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA). (Important because there are less than 10% of animal exhibitors in the U.S. that meet and qualify for those highly sought after accreditations) For even more information on how Sea World cares for their animals and the other animals that they help rescue, visit SeaWorldCares.com.

  • Educate yourself on Sea World’s seasonal shows 

There are some great live shows to be viewed at Sea World, but some of them won’t hang around for long! Find out how long the show is going to be running, and then plan your stay and time based upon the answer.

Sea Lion High Show at Sea World

  • Put Sea World’s upcoming events on your radar 

While their upcoming events can change every year, it’s important to view the ones that are going on possibly during the time that you’ll be visiting.

Plan ahead, pack your bags, and plan your next trip to Sea World!


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