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Whether you want to visit Sea World, one of the many aquariums or take to the high seas - Orlando and Tampa have more than enough Sea Life to keep even the keenest marine enthusiasts happy.

SeaWorld & Discovery Cove

Arguably the most famous of any sea life discovery centre, SeaWorld is a place where you can see some of the most beautiful creatures from the sea up close. With parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio, the Orlando Parks are the flagships and the Sky Tower dominates the skyline to let you know you are getting close. SeaWorld is open from 9am to 8:30pm but these times can change depending on the season. If you have purchased a 3-Park Ticket or the Discovery Ultimate Package, then parking at the parks is free.

 

SeaWorld has plenty to offer to visitors both young and old with attractions like Sesame Street at SeaWorld, the Infinity Falls rapids, the Kraken Unleashed Virtual Reality Experience, the Mako, the Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin experience, the Manta, the One Ocean Orca Show and Manatee Rehabilitation Area, the Clyde and Seamore Sea Lion High Show, the Atlantis Log Flume, Dolphin Days show, Happy Harbor, Sky Tower, Pets Ahoy show, TurtleTrek exhibit, Wild Arctic experience, Dolphin Cove interactive area, the Dolphin Nursery, Stingray Lagoon, Pacific Point Preserve and the Shark Encounter experience. Each of the rides have height restrictions and age restrictions, so make sure you check these before you visit the park. Details can be found here.

SeaWorld have also added some interesting extras to their ticket prices to make your day out there even more unforgettable. You can pay once and dine all day whilst in the park, dine in the Shamu Stadium and get up close with some of Sea World’s famous orcas. Jump to the head of their ride lines with Quick Queue Unlimited and even book Signature Show Seating ahead of time so that you can always be sure to have the best seats in the house.  

 

If all of this wasn’t enough, for an extra $80 on your ticket price you can include a trip to Discovery Cove. Discovery Cove is another park with attractions all its own. These include Dolphin Lagoon (where you can swim with the dolphins), the Grand Reef snorkelling experience, the Freshwater Oasis, Explorer’s Aviary, Wind-Away River, Serenity Bay and North Beach.

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Epcot’s Future World – The Seas with Nemo and Friends

The magic of the Disney World Resort isn’t just limited to the land. Epcot is home to Florida’s largest salt water aquarium that holds 5.7 million gallons of water. Though it was originally an underwater exploration base ride, it has been repurposed so that you can explore the deep with Nemo and his friends from the Finding Nemo movie and ride through the ocean waves. It also houses the Turtle Talk with Crush exhibit which is not only surprising technologically advanced but also extremely popular.  

 

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

If you’re heading Lido Key Beach in Sarasota, then you may want to add visiting the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to you list of things to do whilst there. You can explore the seas like never before with their collection of touch pools, working labs that you can view, the high-tech interactive exhibits and over 100 different species of marine life. The Aquarium is open from 10am to 5pm daily.

The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium is an hour away from our villa in the city of Tampa. Tickets from adults start from $23 and from $18 for children (seniors also get a discount). The Florida Aquarium is a place where visitors can witness the beauty of variety of ocean animals, ecosystems and habitats from their interactive and immersion galleries. Not only can you see the ocean in the aquarium, but there is also the Florida Aquarium’s iconic Wetland spiral dome. The enclosure has free flying birds and even playful otters in a 500 gallon tank. You can feed the stingrays, enjoy the penguin promenade and there is also an outdoor water play area.   If all of this wasn’t enough, the Florida Aquarium also offers a Wild Dolphin Cruise (additional charges apply) which departs daily. On board the 72-foot catamaran you take to the ocean waves and get to see the beautiful bottlenose dolphin in it’` natural habitat along with manatees and a whole host of other sea life.