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Day Trip: San Antonio’s Sea World

Sea World San Antonio

You don’t have to go all the way to Florida or California to have a sea adventure – Sea World is right here in Texas in neighboring city San Antonio! About a three and a half hour drive away, you can make a day trip to visit the theme park, or stay the night in a hotel to split your car ride up. Be sure to stop at Buc-ee’s on I-10 near Route 183 to stock up on snacks for the drive!

Sea World San Antonio is packed with rides, shows, and exhibits for marine lovers. Killer Whales: Up Close features Shamu, the most widely-known whale in the world. At this educational show you’ll learn all about how the whales are cared for, what they eat, and why they look the way they do. Don’t miss Shamu’s Celebration, a nightly show featuring colorful splashes from the park’s “biggest” stars, high-energy music and sea-inspired illuminations that will have the entire family dancing. Other great shows with sea lions, beluga whales, and dolphins are fun for everyone.

Youngsters will love Sesame Street’s Bay of Play where characters perform multiple shows daily as well as meet for photo ops with families. Then head over to Shamu Express kid coaster and get splashed on Rio Loco and Journey to Atlantis. Adults will enjoy getting flipped on the Great White and riding the thrilling hypercoaster Steel Eel.

You’ll be amazed by the magical partnership of beautiful beluga whales, exotic dolphins, colorful birds and acrobatic performers at the Azul show. Unique attractions such as Penguin Encounter and Pacific Point Preserve will round out your day at Sea World.

Sea World insider tips:
• Save a little cash by purchasing an all-day dining pass
• Look at the schedule for animal feeding times to get good seats
• Get Quick Queue to skip the lines at major rides
• The water park, Aquatica, requires a separate entry fee

To beat the traffic, try heading out after rush hour on a Friday evening, or get up early for the drive on Saturday morning. Just be prepared for slow downs on I-10 on the way home on Sunday afternoons.