The Antarctic: Empire of the Penguins is the first place to start. Earlier in the day the line is short. Everyone wants to cool off at 3 in the afternoon! The ride often breaks in the afternoon, so visiting this exhibit first is smart. Then it is off to the shows. Sea World shows often happen where you watch one and when it is over you can walk to the next. Usually we go to Pets Ahoy next or as the kids call it the “Cat and Dog show. Then is off to see Clyde and Seamore at Sea Lion High. Along the way we eat, see other animals and aquariums. The middle of our day with the ‘other’ side of the park riding the kid rides, seeing Shamu and splashing in the water park. We visit the Wild Artic where the kids see Beluga whales and climb in the polar bear cave while the Shamu show is going on, if you time it right, there is almost no line and small crowds. We end our day at the aquarium under the Manta roller coaster, this has been a tradition in our family for many years.
One thing we always ride is the carousel in Shamu’s Happy Harbor. So far every time we go, one kid is too short to ride alone so I have to stand next to them. And of course, I have pictures. Lots of pictures. I want to make sure I remember this part of their childhood forever. I want to remember the time Evelyn cried the whole time and I had to whisper soothing words to her. After that ride, she wanted to go again and has loved it since. I want to remember the time that Casey insisted I hold his little hand in mine. This year, I have seen the boys grow and it always hits me on the carousel “they won’t be small forever.”
When they are older we will talk about the times we went to Sea World. I will find the pictures and show them how much fun we had. They will have their own memories and I will have the carousel.