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Pictures from SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando in Florida, USA.

SeaWorld Orlando: Killer whales
SeaWorld Orlando in Florida, USA - Killer whales.

SeaWorld parks are marine mammal parks and oceanariums belonging to SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in the United States of America. They are located in Orlando (Florida), San Diego (California), and San Antonio (Texas). The parks feature captive orca, sea lion, and dolphin shows and other zoological display. 

SeaWorld Orlando opened on December 15, 1973, nearly 10 years after the opening of the first SeaWorld park in San Diego. The whole Orlando SeaWorld complex includes also two other parks - Discovery Cove and Aquatica - and several neighboring hotels. 

In addition to the main entrance, the park features the following themed attractions:
-- Key West at SeaWorld, with exhibits of cow nose rays, southern stingrays, sea turtles, Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, greater flamingos, West Indian manatees, American alligators and brown pelicans;
-- Shamu's Happy Harbor featuring various family leisure activities;
-- The Waterfront at SeaWorld mimicking a seaside Mediterranean village and including the park's iconic Sky Tower ride;
-- The Wild Arctic indoor pavilion.

SeaWorld Orlando has a vast array of live shows and animal exhibits as well as 3 roller coasters (Kraken, Manta, and the Shamu Express).

The newest exhibits are TurtleTrek (2012) and Antarctica, Empire of the Penguin (May 2013). TurtleTrek is a 3D 360 degree dome theater experience that takes you on a sea turtle’s journey. Antarctica is an exhilarating family ride exploring the majestic grandeur of the South Pole through the penguins’ eyes and the life of their colony.  

Meal time is the best time to some marine animals. At designated times throughout the day, you can even feed them by hand.

SeaWorld Orlando is located at the intersection of Interstate 4 and FL 528, 10 minutes south of downtown Orlando and 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport.
 
Aquatica Orlando in Florida
Aquatica Orlando in Florida, USA -  Walkabout Waters.


SeaWorld Orlando - Watching killer whales underwater
SeaWorld Orlando in Florida, USA. Shamu underwater viewing - Watching killer whales glide beneath the surface.

Aquatica is a water park that is themed to the southern Pacific, and features Australian and New Zealand based mascots. It is located just across the street from SeaWorld Orlando, on International Drive off the Beachline Expressway (FL 528). The park was inaugurated in 2008.

The park features a wide array of attractions for all ages and swimming abilities. At Aquatica, the water is as warm as the South Seas.

A private cabana is the best way to take in all Aquatica has to offer. Your cabana is reserved exclusively for you for the entire day.

Other Aquatica Water Parks are found in San Antonio (Texas) and in Chula Vista (San Diego, California). All of them are owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

The  latter operates also Discovery Cove Orlando (mainly swimming with dolphins and snorkeling with tropical fish) as well as, in Tampa, the Busch Gardens (African animal theme park) and the Adventure Island water park. Discovery Cove Orlando was created in 2000. 

Discovery Cove Orlando is located 6000 Discovery Cove Way in Orlando. It provides complimentary transportation to and from SeaWorld Orlando on the day of the Discovery Cove visit. Busch Gardens is situated in the city of Tampa, Florida, just over an hour south of Orlando along Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast.  Adventure Island is located northeast across the street from Busch Gardens.   

Aquatica Orlando - Dolphin Plunge
Aquatica Orlando in Florida, USA.  Ready for Dolphin Plunge.                         All pictures above ©  SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Inc.


 

Links

SeaWorld parks
Find here the official web site of SeaWorld Parks in Orlando, San Diego, and San Antonio with all useful information for visitors.
Aquarica water parks
Official web site of Aquatica water parks in Orlando, San Diego, and San Antonio with all useful information for visitors. Aquatica parks are operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
Discovery Cove
Official web site of Discovery Cove in Orlando. The theme park is located adjacent to SeaWorld Orlando and is operated by the same company.
Busch Gardens Tampa
Official web site of Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay. It is is a family-oriented theme park featuring up-close encounters with nearly 12,000 exotic animals representing more than 300 species.
Adventure Island
Official web site of Adventure Island Tampa. Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa, Adventure Island features a combination of exhilarating water rides and tropical, tranquil surroundings.

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