Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Our Visit to Sea Life Orlando

I love aquariums, as do my children, and so we were really excited to have the opportunity to visit SeaLife Orlando.

The entry cost is really good value for money when you purchase online at least 24 hours in advance, at only only $20 + tax for an adult and $15 + tax for a child aged 3-12. As mentioned in my Orlando Eye review, it is also possible to purchase combination tickets and the Eye Drive Experience Ticket is excellent offering entrance to The Orlando Eye, SeaLife Orlando and Madame Tussauds for only $39 + tax for an adult and $34 + tax for a child. The building where all three attractions are located is really welcoming and is beautifully maintained outside with a lovely garden and waterfall area. There are numerous stores located near by, including an ice cream parlour, and inside there is a food court, and atm machines available. We arrived not long after it opened and so there was no queue.

We had a friendly welcome, and as we entered we were provided with a quiz book, that the children could collect stamps for whilst going round the attraction and then exchange this book at the end for a prize! The children were really interested by this, and I liked the fact that the children were being provided with something that was not only fun, but also educational. The attraction was nicely presented and the tanks were all very clean, a nice size and easy to view. They also had a lovely idea in that there are little tunnels your children can climb in and then stand up in a raised section of the tank so that the fish are all around them.

My daughter said that this made her feel like she was right in the ocean with the fish, and it also gave her a 360 degree view. The aquarium itself, has over 5000 creatures, ranging from seahorses to sharks, and there really is loads to see and do. The 360 degree tunnel was our personal favourite, and it was great fund trying to spot all the different species swimming around us. It was also both very exciting and interesting to see a shark up close.

I loved that there was so much information everywhere, and even I learnt things that I never knew, so this made the experience very enjoyable. Towards the end of the attraction is a large childrens soft play area, this is ideal to have a nice cool place for your children to burn off some energy and it is included in the entry price. You must wear socks when using this facility for hygiene reasons, but if you've turned up in your flip flops and sandals, don't worry, as the shop has some socks for sale just in case.

Next to the soft play area is an interactive rockpool, that allows you to get really up close with some fascinating creatures. There is a guide on hand to help and answer questions and there are large tv screens on the walls, so that you can see the creatures really clearly. I felt this was a great idea under supervision as it allowed children to see creatures they may not normally have the chance to, and with a helper on hand, it meant they could ask any questions that came to mind. It is of course important to remember to wash your hands afterwards and there are sinks & steps available for both children and adults.

This is not a full day attraction, and it took us around 90 minutes to walk around at a leisurely pace. However, when combined with the other attractions on site, you could easily spend a few hours here. It is very accessible, with plenty of parking and an iTrolley stop a very short walk away. If you are after a slower paced day, away from the stress of the parks then I would definitely recommend a visit here.

 If you would like to learn more about SeaLife Orlando then please visit their website here: Sea Life Orlando

If you would like to see more pictures from our visit then please go to our website: A Family Adventure

 Disclaimer: I was provided with two complimentary tickets for this attraction in exchange for an honest and impartial review. I purchased the remainder of the tickets.

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