A new Aquatica water park in San Antonio, Texas will join the SeaWorld family on May 19, 2012. Similar to Aquatica in Orlando, FL, the new water park will combine up close animal experiences with features guests expect such as a wave pool, multiple high speed and gentle water slides, lazy rivers, and a splashground for kids. Continue for more details as well as SeaWorld San Antonio’s video describing the new water park.
Like Aquatica in Orlando, the theme for San Antonio’s version is a beachside resort in the South Seas with terraced pools and white sand covered beaches. Aquatica San Antonio’s signature attraction will be a family raft ride that twists and turns through an underwater grotto filled with several species of stingrays – the featured animal of the park. Guests can also wade with, touch and feed the stingrays in a separate pool.
“We are counting down the days to Aquatica San Antonio’s opening,” said Dan Decker, SeaWorld San Antonio’s Park President. “Our guests are excited about this new addition to SeaWorld, and we know it will have a great economic impact for San Antonio.”
SeaWorld provided this video describing the new park.
Unlike Orlando, Aquatica San Antonio will reside inside the boundaries of SeaWorld, and require guests to purchase an upgraded admission ticket. SeaWorld admission will be required to experience Aquatica. Guests wanting unlimited access to both SeaWorld and Aquatica parks can purchase a two-park Fun Card for $79.99 plus tax for adults and $69.99 plus tax for children (ages 3-9). Single day admission to only SeaWorld San Antonio costs $59.99 plus tax for adults and $49.99 plus tax for children (age 3-9).
Our family has experienced the Orlando version of Aquatica and particularly enjoyed the sandy beach by the wave pool and the fast current river.
However, what set the water park apart and truly made it unique was the animal interactions. The signature animal at Aquatica Orlando is the Commerson’s Dolphin, and there are plenty of pools and window to observe the upside-down swimming dolphin. In addition to the black and white dolphin, there are “animal ambassadors” throughout the park with their handlers to tell you all about the species. These animal experiences made for a great break from waiting in line for the water slides, and provided a little educational opportunity too.
We enjoyed our visit to Aquatica in Orlando, and would love to check out the new water park in San Antonio. We’ve yet to visit San Antonio, TX as a family, and have always heard great things about the city – especially the River Walk. Maybe it’s high time we mosey on down to San Antone, take in Sea World, Aquatica, and stick around for a Texas Fiesta.
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