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Aquatica - The Water Park Near Sea World
You will find Aquatica just across the street from SeaWorld on International Drive off the Bee Line Expressway (FL 528), 10 minutes south of downtown Orlando and 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport.
Admission for adults is approx $40, children $34 and children under 2 are free. Children may only go to the Park if accompanied by an adult.
The Park is open year round at 10 a. m. daily; 9 a. m. during peak seasons. Tollbooths open one hour prior to park open. Closing hours vary by season but appear to vary between 5. 00pm and 7. 00pm.
Unlike the Disney Water Parks there is a charge of $10 for parking but if you visit SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, or Aquatica on the same day you pay only once.
You can rent a small locker for $8 and a larger locker for $10. Included in the price is a $3 deposit which helps to ensure that the locker keys are returned. Aquatica returns your deposit in SeaWorld ' dollars' or ' credits' instead of cash. Same thing for $4 towel rental, you will get your $2 deposit back in park credits
The Park is beautifully landscaped and it is easy to navigate with great signage. Maps of the Park are provided but it is quite easy to find your way around without them. It has an Australian theme reflected in the names of some of the slides like Whanau Way, Walhalla Wave and Taumata Racer.
The two main attractions are the Dolphin Plunge for the more adventurous of us and Loggerhead Lane for the rest. Both involve the black and white Commerson' s Dolphins which are usually found in the shallow waters off the southern tip of South America. These will remind you of Shamu but much smaller versions.
Dolphin Plunge sends you through the dolphin' s exhibit in a clear tube as you reach the end of your ride. Loggerhead Lane is a small winding river-like attraction that you float down and around in air tubes passing the Fish Grotto and the Commerson' s Dolphin Exhibit.
There are two great Wave Pools, Cutback Cove and Big Surf Shores lovely to cool down in. If you prefer you can just relax in the lounge chairs on the sandy beach area.
For younger children there is a water area which is more like a mini water park within a water park called Kata' s Kookaburra Cove. The Cove is named for the small Australian bird whose bird call sounds like laughter.
At Kata' s Kookaburra Cove, you will find beginner’s slides with names like Racer Chaser, Slippity Dippity and Zippity Zappity. You will even find slides that look like water rafts for the toddlers. Children in this area have to be no taller than 48' and they must wear a life jacket.
If you are hungry you can try Mango Market which is next to Kookaburra Cove and is a quick service restaurant with pizzas, chicken tenders, sandwiches and wraps.
A good place for all the family (if you don’t mind getting wet) is Walkabout Waters which is an interactive family play area with water canons, slides, climbing areas and huge buckets of water that empty every few minutes.
You can end your day at the Banana Beach Cook out. For a One Time Visit you pay $12. 95 for adults and $7. 95 for children and you have an all you can eat menu including burgers, hot dogs, baked chicken drumsticks, veggie burgers, mini corn on cob, potato salad, coleslaw, banana pudding and watermelon. There is also an option for an all day pass for $19. 95 for adults and $9. 95 for children 3-9.
I am sure you will enjoy your day at Aquatica.
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Page added on: 5 May 2008
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