Aquatica Review {and Giveaway}

I have to admit.  Other than spray grounds and splash pads, my children and I have never been to a water park.  Before our visit to Aquatica last month, I was very afraid of the unknown.  Would I lose my children in the expansive flume fun? Or worse, would they drown?

Our guided Aquatica Orlando Splash Up tour through the park helped alleviate any fears I carried on my shoulders along with my beach bag.  For starters, I learned Aquatica offers life vests for infants to adults.  My two young non-swimmers could at least stay buoyant while playing in the water and the handle on my two year old’s vest would help tether him to me.

I also learned that Aquatica offers very reasonably priced swim lessons ($49.99/$44.99 for pass members) that run for 5 weeks for children as young as 6 month to adult.  Honestly, if we lived closer to Aquatica I would have totally jumped on that!  With the Florida resident weekday passes ($59.99), the swim lessons are such an unbelievable deal!

Once our tour was complete, my oldest daughter wanted to wet her feet on the Dolphin Plunge.  As Aquatica explains on their website, “Two side-by-side enclosed tube slides send guests racing through an underwater world that is home to a playful pod of beautiful black-and-white Commerson’s Dolphins.  Known for their playful nature and electrifying speed, you will see them racing right alongside you as you zoom by.”

*Photo provided by SeaWorld.*

My ten year old would certainly vouch for that!  After her plunge, she happily reported about the dolphins that greeted her as she slid past.

While we waited for big sister to return, my two youngest children and I enjoyed splashing about in the pools and smaller slides at the Kata’s Kookaburra Cove and Walkabout Waters.

*Photo provided by SeaWorld.*

Although little man loved the water launchers and the boat, I loved the many extra sets of eyes the lifeguards offered.

Thankfully, all three of my children enjoyed the wave pools.

My oldest daughter taught the little man how to ride the waves…

…but I think he enjoyed coasting through the Roa Rapids and watching the SeaWorld’s Kraken roller coaster more.

*Photo provided by SeaWorld.*

The kids and I had a wonderful time and we can’t wait to return to the park.  Yes, Aquatica definitely put my fears of flumes and water parks behind me.

As part of my review, SeaWorld’s Aquatica is offering for one lucky Run DMT reader a family four-pack of Aquatica tickets that are good through the end of the year.  To enter the giveaway, check out the interactive park map and add a comment stating what part of Aquatica interests you the most.  This contest ends August 8, 2012 and is for US residents only.

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Denise

From start to finish, Denise is Run DMT, a Tampa Bay marathon mom on the run trying to maintain an easy pace through it all between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 13, 9, 4). In 2007, I discovered a passion for running and in February 2015, I completed my tenth marathon, however, I continue to train for a variety of races and triathlons. In my spare time, I founded Tampa Bay Bloggers, a hyperlocal blogging network.

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42 comments

  1. Lori Connors says:

    Definitely need to try out Kookabura with my 5-year old. This looks right up his alley, especially the water cannons.

  2. Helen T says:

    The Dolphin Plunge, it would be cool to ride that, I love dolphins and have always wanted to swim with them :)

  3. Chrissy says:

    We would love to see all of Aquatica! We love water parks and visit AI a lot! The dolphin slide is so cool!

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