Savoring the last few days of winter break here in Central Florida, my daughter and I spent the morning exploring Sea Life Orlando Aquarium. A short drive from Walt Disney World, Sea Life Orlando is nestled inside the ICON 360 building. It is the perfect place for family fun.
Hours of Operation
Monday to Sunday- 10 AM TO 9 PM
*Book Online to save 10%
Single Attraction : Adult – $25.50 per person / Child – $20.50 per person (online discounted price)
Two Attractions: Adult – $39.95 per person / Child – $34.95 per person (online discounted price)
As soon as you enter, you are immersed in an underwater adventure. You feel like you are one with the sea creatures. My daughter kept saying “mommy look!” She loved exploring all of the up-close viewing tank exhibits throughout the aquarium. I did try to get her to touch the anemones, but she was not quite ready for that. She was afraid of the octopus as it was “walking” up the glass. One of the team members came to her “rescue” and explained how they love to play with toys (like Mr. Potato Head) because they are very curious. She was able to warm up enough to get up close to the glass and watch it suction on by.
Did you know that jellyfish have been around before the dinosaurs?! Nothing more than I love as a mom is teaching my kids through play. I loved all the fun teachable moments. She was hypnotized by all the jellyfish as the colors changed and could not stop picking sharks to learn about. Her favorite was the saw shark!
It is not every Wednesday that you get to travel all over the Earth’s oceans and coastal waters. My favorite ocean exhibit was the Indian Ocean because we got to “meet” Ted the Turtle, and he was huge. He gets his name because he helped develop the Turtle Excluder Device. Also in the Coastal Rockpools, kids can become deep-sea explorers as they dive into fun on the play place.
Last but not least, my favorite experience was the 360-degree tunnel inside the tank. It is the only one in Florida. My jaw dropped as we ventured through. I loved that even the floor was see-through, so the fish swam all around you.
All I have to say is, my daughter did NOT want to leave. She was walking out saying “I a fish doctor” which I think means a scientist. When the toddler is happy, it is a WIN! Thank you again to everyone at Sea Life Orlando Aquarium for a day full of fun and learning. To find out more information and purchase tickets, click here. Have you spent the day exploring Sea Life Orlando? Post in the comments below.
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