We’re off to Central Florida in this week’s Wild Wednesday Column for a trip to SeaWorld Orlando, where conservation meets adventure with engaging exhibits, entertainment, and fun for all.
Central Florida has many fun sites to enjoy like Universal and the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, where we enjoyed festivities at Epcot. We’ve also explored the wild side of Orlando, and uncovered many exciting activities to experience. Then there’s SeaWorld, which mixes thrills and entertainment with education and conservation.
SeaWorld is celebrating their 50th anniversary with a Sea Of Surprises that includes unexpected fun at their parks in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego. They have a excited team who are entertaining guests with surprises and prizes during their visit. Along with fun surprises around SeaWorld you’ll also meet animal ambassadors, which are often rescued or orphaned animals. We met a shy Pelican, who patiently waited for a fish. While around the corner a flock of Caribbean Flamingo nurtured their recent addition to the family that was born in August.
A Flamingo’s wing span reaches up to five feet, and the same is true for the mysterious stingrays we visited. When you touch them their skin feels like soft velvet. The same is true of the dolphins that love to be feed and pampered in Dolphin Cove at Key West. At the Dolphin Nursery nearby we found these playful mammals making a splash in the pool. Be warned, stand too close and you’ll get wet as we did. Later, make time to join the Blue Horizons® show in which the dolphins help Marina discovers the secrets of sea.
Art Inspired By Waste At SeaWorld
While visiting with the animals one message was clear; it’s up to us to save the world we live in for future generations. SeaWorld Parks have joined together with the Washed Ashore Project to enlighten us to the waste polluting our world’s ocean in a creative way; through art. Artist and veteran educator, Angela Haseltine Pozzi, has worked with countless volunteers to create huge Sculptures Of Sea Life that are made from debris found along the shores. There are twelve sculptures in all that can be found at SeaWorld’s parks.
From a distance these are striking and colorful works of art. Step closer, and you’re surprise to find plastic bottles, beach shovels, and even tooth brushes make up these creatures. It’s unbelievable to realize how much waste litters our oceans. In fact, they found almost ton of garbage per mile on remote beaches in Alaska.
Want to make a difference? Try to reuse plastic whenever possible, and recycle it when you’re done. California has taken a big step towards reducing plastic bag waste that endangers the lives of wildlife by banning the use of these bags starting in 2015. Using cloth bags is a environmentally friendly way of being part of the solution instead of the problem.
Fast and Fun Rides That Take Your Breath Away
My husband, Leroy, and I spent much of our day enjoy the animals and entertainment. We did save sometime for the high flying thrills on Manta. Buckle up, and get ready to scream as you fly head first, upside down, and sideways on this one-of-a-king coaster. Afterwards, when you catch your breath, you’ll find a calmer environment in the underwater habitats filled with colorful fish and rays.
SeaWorld’s Kraken coaster has been ranked among the world’s best, and you’ll know why when you ride this floorless steel coaster. The higher you rise the quicker you heart pounds before you plunge, screaming into a spiral.
Journey to Atlantis is great for those hot Florida days. Add in the fast thrill of a coaster, then plunge along watery passageways through the sunken city of Atlantis before the final drop into the water below. It’s always the last drop that make my stomach climb up to my throat.
For a ride on the milder side take the kids to Shamu’s Happy Harbor that is filled with games and not as intense rides like Jazzy Jellies, The Flying Fiddler, and others.
Plan Your Visit To SeaWorld
To explore current programs, events, attractions, and entertainment at SeaWorld’s website.
Parents can check out SeaWorld Kids and find educational information on animals, fun games and videos, and ways families can help save animals.
Wild Wednesday Facts:
- To learn more about the Washed Ashore conservation efforts and view more art made from waste recovered from around the world visit their website.
- Did you know that about 300 million pounds of plastic waste is produced globally each year! Of this waste on about 10 percent is recycled.
- When using cloth or recyclable bags for shopping be aware that contaminants from leaky packages, including meat goods may be present at the checkout counter. After unpacking your groceries at home wash your hands, and the bags to prevent the spread of these contaminants.
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photos via Melody Schubert