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Categories: Aquarium, Theme parks, Tourist attraction

Features: Children's menu, Kid-friendly, Play area, Playground

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

SeaWorld, one of Florida's top attractions, is like one giant aquarium smack dab in the middle of the state. You can see creatures of all stripes -- fish, sharks, dolphins, rays, mantees, penguins, and of course, the famous killer whales.

But there's so much more to the park. You can't get away from SeaWorld without trying out Manta, one of the smoothest roller coasters ever built. Even when you're upside down or going into a curve, you feel as though you are riding on air. But expect to hear squeals -- either of fear or delight -- and get a little water splash when you walk nearby.

Other rides to try are Kraken, another roller coaster; the kitschy Journey to Atlantis; and the Skytower, which gives you a 360-degree view of the park.

Even though the tots and tweens will love seeing the sea life, there is a place all their own at SeaWorld, Shamu's Happy Harbor. There are low-key rides and a great picnic area for families to sit and take a load off. But the best part might be the ginormous Pirate's Nets, four stories of nets that are connected by tunnels and slides. This one area could keep kids busy for hours.

You gotta eat when you go to SeaWorld but you can't take your own food. So try out one of the many restaurants around the park including Shark's Underwater Grill, which lets you dine among the sharks (although they are safely behind glass); the Terrace Grill, which is right near the Skytower; Seaport Pizza which serves up pizzas for a group or in individual kid's sizes; Mango Joe's which serves fajitas, wraps and desserts; and the Antarctic Market, which has hot foods and grab-and-go items. There are plenty of chicken tenders, popcorn shrimp and hot dogs for the pickiest of eaters.

Don't forget that SeaWorld has two sister parks nearby -- Aquatica and Discovery Cove -- which offer visitors a chance to get wet in pools, on slides and while swimming with dolphins


Events at SeaWorld

Light Up the Night
Saturday, June 21, 2014 9:00am

Viva La Musica
Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:00pm
Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:00pm
Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:00pm
Saturday, May 17, 2014 12:00pm

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