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Published October 9th 2011
Dolphins, Polar Bears, Penguins and Seals: a trip to Sea World encompasses all these and more.
We made a very exhausting trip to Sea World last weekend after buying the locals VIP deal we saw on TV. You'll be surprised to know, the four of us are all in our mid-twenties and loved every moment of our trip!
After a very long wait in the queue outside (make sure you get there early), we ventured through the park's exhibits. First the penguin shores, then a trip on the monorail, we viewed some hungry-looking sharks and also had a look at a polar bear who refused to go for a swim but stubbornly sat very still. We then made our way to the stadium for the Imagine Dolphin Show which was a-mazing. After being wowed by the dolphin performance, we took our better-halves over to the rides so they could get their adrenalin fix. And they sure did. Sea World only has a few rides in comparison to the other theme parks but that is enough for me. The Corkscrew Rollercoaster is obviously for thrill seekers whilst Jet Rescue is a milder adrenaline rush but very, very enjoyable.
The part I love most about Sea World is that once you have seen the shows and tried the rides, there is always stuff to go back for. For example: book into a family Dolphin Encounter or go snorkelling in Shark Bay. You could have a memorable experience feeding the penguins or get up close and personal with a Seal Safari.
Here are a few tips for your trip:
1. Food – bring your own. Although there are many food outlets spread around the park, every single one is BUSY and the menus have huge prices. You could be waiting 40 minutes in a queue for a very expensive lunch.
2. Monorail – this is a great way to see the entire park so it is a good idea to go on it first.
3. When entering the park, you will most likely be given a brochure listing the show times for the day. Use it. It means you can choose your favourite shows and schedule your time around them, meaning you won't miss anything. If you are a 'go-with-the-flow' person – ignore this tip.
Make sure you plan a trip to Sea World one weekend but don't expect to see everything in just one day.
P.S: Next weekend we are going back to the park for the activities we missed.
Note about bringing your own food: Seaworld states that you are not allowed to bring your own food in (apart from baby food or people on medical diets). One of my friends once got searched (she had a small esky bag for her baby snacks) to ensure she wasn't smuggling her own sandwiches in. Having said that, you do always see people eating their own food ... but be vigilant!
By S Justine Jones - senior reviewer Saturday, 2nd of June @ 06:35 am