Mia and I had the awesome opportunity last week to attend Aquatica Splash Up. The event allowed tweeters, bloggers and the such the chance to explore the 2-year-old Orlando water park. Mia and I are long time Sea World fans and were excited to see how Sea World’s emphasis on wildlife was incorporated into Aquatica.
We were fortunate enough to link up with fellow blogger and PLAYGROUND online editor, Jen Burg and her family to explore the park on the scorching FL afternoon. (If you don’t know Jen you should. Check out her Suburban Mom blog for great deals on just about everything!)
The tiny tots area, Kata’s Kookabura Cove, was perfect for Jen’s 2-year-old daughter Kendall and even for 4-year-old Mia. The water was the perfect temp and the slides were still thrilling even for my mini thrill seeker. I could have lounged in Kookabura Cove all day!
Next we ventured to Walkabout Waters… where the bigger kids play. Mia thoroughly enjoyed herself, but was definitely on the cusp of being a little small to hang with this crowd. I could barely keep up with her in her excitement to try just about every slide and climbing option in Walkabout Waters. My effort to keep up with Mia was quite entertaining to the Burg family and I’m sure anyone else observing my net climbing skills.
Before the evening was through, we had to check out the infamous Dolphin Plunge where you slide down a tube through the tank of Commerson’s dolphins (aka mini shamu). Jen took the liberty of checking out the slide for us.
Last but not least we cruised around the lazy river and were pleasantly surprised to again see into the Commerson’s dolphin tank and also drift past a giant fish tank.
During our afternoon at Aquatica we dined at the Banana Beach Cookout where it’s all you can eat and drink all day. A total bargain for a family day at a water or theme park in Orlando! Adult price is $19.99 and children 3-9 eat all day for $11.99.
Admission to Aquatica is $47.95 for adults and $41.95 for kids. Get this… FL and GA residents can get an after 2 pm year long pass for only $49.95!! What a steal. Be sure to upgrade your ticket before you leave for only a few dollars more.
Disclaimer: Aquatica provided Mia and I with complimentary admission to Aquatica for the event. However, all opinions included above are my own.