One of the best places to visit in SoCal (that’s right, Southern California, I’m a local now) is SeaWorld.
I’m always hesitant going to large attraction areas because I want to actually enjoy my time, not wait in line and pay hundreds of dollars for mediocre food/entertainment while constantly repeating, “I hate people”.
I am very pleased to say that my SeaWorld experience wasn’t that bad, and we even went on a holiday weekend. We saw almost every attraction and if it wasn’t for napping children, would have gotten to see all of the attractions and possibly all of the shows.
If you are like me, you want to have a plan so that you don’t waste your time, money, and sanity. The SeaWorld website has a fantastic FAQ page. I got show time information there, tips on what attractions are highly recommended, restaurants and menus, parking pricing, and hours of operation.
Definitely DO show up 30 minutes before the attractions open. Even though the park isn’t open, you can park and get your tickets if you didn’t purchase them online (which is recommended).
If you are military I recommend purchasing your tickets at the park. It was a quick and painless process. We simply showed them our military ID’s and that was that. Unfortunately, you are only able to get a free ticket to an individual with a military ID – so, sorry friends and relatives. (I have heard stories that they give free tickets to people not holding a military ID, but all online sources contradict that).
Some things that a mother (or anyone) might want to know before going.
- Some of the attractions/exhibits don’t allow strollers. So when planning your storage situation, don’t count on dumping things in the stroller. I doubt you will want to leave your personal items sitting out, or spend 10-15 minutes packing up before entering the shark exhibit.
- There is limited to no seating around the park. Looking back, any time I wanted to rest my tootsies I had to sit on a curb or prop myself up against a wall.
- Hardly any shade around the park – so bring sunscreen and hats for the kids (and yourself) maybe even an umbrella.
- There are a few locations you can purchase Starbucks! Just bring a reusable straw as they only have the paper ones *cringe*.
- Food is EXPENSIVE, and I’m pretty positive you can’t bring outside food in, unless it is “baby food”.
- Bring reusable water bottles – it is free for you and there are multiple water fountains located throughout the park that you can refill.
All in all it was an enjoyable and fun experience. I don’t think I will be purchasing a membership here but I will definitely be heading back to catch the exhibits and shows that I missed while Little Buddy took a snooze.
Anything that made your experience better or worse? Leave it in the comment section below!