This past July we got to take our kids to Sea World for the first time (Also Disneyland–see our Disney Travel Guide full of great tips). I hadn't been since I was little and I couldn't really remember what all was there and what things my small children would enjoy. So I thought I would make a little summary of how we made the most out of one afternoon at Sea World with our small children.
First things first, we booked through Get Away Today. They are the best travel company I have found for Southern California vacations and they have the best rates and perks for both tickets and hotels (I've included a promo code at the end of this article for anyone who's interested).
Second, we really tried to get there as early as we could right when the park opened. This made a huge difference because we were able to do some things before the crowds were too big or before it got too hot. The first thing we did when we got there was went to the very earliest show they had scheduled which was the Dolphin Show. One thing we did that was helpful was went onto Sea World's website the night before and checked all of the times of the different shows. This helped us plan our day, be efficient with our time, and not miss any of the shows that we wanted to see.
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After seeing the dolphins we went to the Sesame Street Bay of Play. My 3 year old LOVED this part. She seriously wanted to stay there all day long. If you have toddlers or little kids I would plan on spending a good chunk of time here. They have a few fun little rides and a splash pad play area. We were there early enough that there were hardly any lines and my daughter could run from ride to ride. We were able to ride all the rides multiple times and we didn't waste time waiting in lines.
After that we just went in a giant circle around the park hitting up all of the different exhibits. My kids enjoyed seeing all of the different animals at all of the stops. We didn't spend too much time at each stop as my little ones would lose interest after too long and it also made it so we were about to see almost everything in the park.
Halfway through the day we stopped to eat lunch. I packed a cooler bag full of sandwiches, snacks, and drinks. This helped because we just let our kids eat in the stroller as we went and we didn't waste time going to find food in the park. It also saved us a lot of money.
About halfway through our walking through exhibits we went to the Killer Whale Show. We got there about right when it started but I wish we would have gotten there a little bit earlier to get better seats. I would recommend getting there early because this is the most popular show at the park. It was packed when we got there and we had to sit way up high. It was still so cool though.
After that we finished up at the rest of the exhibits and headed home. There were some shows that we missed but with our kids being so little we didn't want to overdo it with sitting in shows. We went to the shows that we wanted to see most and then balanced it out with letting them explore on their own. (If you have older kids you may want to plan on seeing more shows.) And that's it. We left feeling like we got to see everything we wanted to without overdoing it or wearing our kids out too much. I hope this is helpful and it helps you have a wonderful trip to Sea World with your little ones.
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