Best Attractions & Activities: One of the city's most unique water parks, SeaWorld's Aquatica is a fantastical world of twisting, turning rides, colorfully quirky buildings and sparkling white sand beaches. And if you enjoy a side of terror with your water-park fun, be sure to check out Ihu's Breakaway Falls. This towering slide, which opened in 2014, is an eight-story mind-bender of a plummet that is not for the faint of heart. The less adrenaline-addicted will still find plenty of fun splashing from one giant wave pool to another or drifting down the lazy river through a vibrant aquatic world of exotic fish. You can zoom through an underwater tube slide alongside a playful pod of black-and-white Commerson's dolphins, as well.
Best Theme Parks: This park has its share of thrills in the form of rapids and half-pipes and bullet-fast water chutes but what makes it truly special is its wildlife (in particular, its stars: the Commerson's dolphins) and the serene and playful ways in which visitors can observe it. Walkabout Waters and Kata's Kookaburra Cover are ideal for the littlest in your party while thrill seekers might opt for Omaka Rocka or the Dolphin Plunge, Aquatica's most popular ride. And when you're ready to relax, hit the "beach." You can even splurge on one of the park's premium private cabanas.
Water Parks: One of the city's most unique water parks, SeaWorld's Aquatica is a fantastical world of twisting, turning rides, colorfully quirky buildings and sparkling white sand beaches. Splash from one giant wave pool to another or drift down the lazy river through a vibrant aquatic world of exotic fish before kicking it up a notch on an exhilarating six-story water slide. Then, zoom through an underwater tube slide alongside a playful pod of black-and-white Commerson's dolphins. Keep your eyes peeled for the exotic animal hosts walking around the park with the kookaburra-a bird, macaws and an anteater.
Local Expert A.D. Thompson Says:
Best Attractions & Activities: "Consider treating yourself by renting a cabana for the day; the extra space and escape from the blazing sun will be greatly appreciated."
Best Theme Parks: "Relaxing and cool, Loggerhead Lane's lazy river floats past colorful aquariums, beneath shady bridges and waterfalls and offers a fish-eye view of the Commerson's dolphins. Don't miss it."
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: A combination of refreshing rides for all ages and thrill-levels with the added excitement of animals makes Aquatica a water park like no other.
Recommended as Best Theme Parks Because: Before Aquatica, visitors lamented: water park or animal park? Now they don't have to choose.