Feel like a fish out of water? We certainly don’t because at Aquatica Orlando, there is fin-fun for everyone. Guests can experience thrilling water slides, relaxing rivers, wondrous wave pools and unique animal encounters at this family-friendly water park. We let down our mermaid hair for the day and had an absolute splash!
Even with autumn upon us, Florida has persisted to bring bouts of sunshine and warm weather our way in place of the crimson leaves and cooler days expected of the harvest season. But for a family of mer-friends, there’s no adventure more promising than a day spent swimming through the waters of the seven seas to capture the tropical embrace of a Floridian Fall.
In gratitude to SeaWorld Orlando graciously providing us with complimentary media passes to explore Aquatica from a dolphinately different perspective, Holly Spoonley, the author of The Cute Country Chick, and myself put our fins together and set sail on a refreshing voyage.
“Water, dolphins, and merfolk equates to water park fun!” -Holly Spoonley
Aquatica is uniquely SeaWorld, as upon entering the park visitors are greeted by a friendly display of Commerson’s dolphins. This proves a clever choice, since the species is related to killer whales, which are more largely representative of the theme park’s signature mascot, Shamu. Despite their small size, the friendly creatures provided a warm welcome and reminded our mermaid party of four that Aquatica isn’t too far distanced from the ocean, with animal encounters spread throughout the park.
Loggerhead Lane, an attraction with salt water running through its veins almost as much as ours, is one of these featured up-close experiences. The lazy river ride takes visitors on a journey beneath an arch of exotic fish and past a wall from which the Commerson’s dolphins can again be viewed. Although brief, it offers a special opportunity for guests to feel encapsulated by a far-off world and acts as a perfect attraction for merchildren of all ages.
While SeaWorld’s Aquatica provides guests with opportunities rivaled only by the potential treasures of the lost city of Atlantis, we were still able to arrive late and make our way to every attraction at least twice. The park’s small size is likely unnoticeable to traveling merfolk, but as Disney-frequents, the lack of dense crowds allowed for us to leave satisfied within a few hours. For tourists planning a vacation, or even Florida residents preparing for a brief staycation, a maximum of three to five hours should allow you to enjoy the water park without limiting you from embarking on another adventure for the day.
The water park is still worth the visit for merfolk who are looking for something a little different and less intense than a traditional set of looming slides, with other options like Aquatica’s Dolphin Plunge and Roa’s Rapids, which lack the intimidating quality of other attractions housed at competing water parks.
With just the right amount of smiles, seashells, and mermaid vibes, SeaWorld’s Aquatica is a must to bring back the warmth of the sunshine state on any dreary day. It was the perfect pick-me-up for two sandy, coffee-driven mer-bloggers, and might just be the little piece of paradise every fish in the sea needs.