Best Theme Parks: SeaWorld is where education meets entertainment. Marvel in the tech advances and sensory immersion (it feels almost literal) as you follow the life journey of a sea turtle in the mercifully air-conditioned TurtleTrek. And for more of the latter, plus charming tuxedo'd penguins, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins is both state-of-the-art and an unbeatably "chill" escape from the Orlando heat. Rides here are no slouch either, Kraken and Manta are tops for roller coaster enthusiasts game for loops and drops and the folks who come for the animals have a roster from which to choose, whether barking sea lions, lumbering walruses or toothy sharks.
Local Expert A.D. Thompson Says:
Best Theme Parks: "Coaster enthusiasts, take note: 2016 will see the debut of SeaWorld's 200-foot Mako hyper coaster, and will be the city's tallest, fastest and longest."
Recommended as Best Theme Parks Because: SeaWorld is where zoo meets aquarium meets thrill ride, a Franken-park that deserves a place amid the 10Best.