Aquatica San Antonio — Photo courtesy of Colleen Pence
Aquatica made its Texas debut in May 2012, and Sea World San Antonio’s newest attraction is helping cool off one of the hottest cities in the United States. South Texas consistently reaches 100+ degrees during the summer, so a new place to cool off was welcomed enthusiastically. In fact, Aquatica was so well received that crowds the size of Texas showed up during its opening days. If your family is planning a trip to Aquatica, it’s a good idea to start planning early so that you’ll have the best experience possible. Below are a few tips from San Antonians and fellow park visitors.
- Plan ahead, and choose your dates carefully. Even if it’s the fall and you want to go in the summer, planning ahead will create the best experience. Visit Aquatica’s website to view park hours and dates open. Avoid going on a holiday, as holiday crowds are especially large and the lines are horrendous.
- Pack your sunscreen to protect you from the scorching Texas sun. Lip balm is also important, so stash a tube in your bag. Since the park is open til 9:00pm on some nights, consider an evening trip for less intense sun and more elbow room at the park.
- Wear water shoes. The aforementioned Texas sun heats up our pavement, and folks have been known to try frying eggs on it. Aquatica is described as ‘resort style’ which can also be translated into: HUGE! 20,000 acres means you'll be doing lots of walking, and yes, water shoes are a must. Choose ones that won't easily fall off of your feet on the wilder rides.
- Arrive early. Some visitors report being locked out of the park when it reaches capacity. Also, early birds get their choice of where they want to camp out during their stay. Lockers and chairs are available for rent.
- Ride the Walhalla Wave, the first ride of its kind in the U.S. You’ll ride in a clover shaped raft off a zero gravity wall.
Stingrays at Aquatica — Photo courtesy of Colleen Pence
- Learn about aquatic animals. Don’t limit your experience to the (amazing) water rides. Aquatica offers interaction with its signature animal – the sting ray. Your family (for an additional fee) can get in the water for an up-close experience. Park guides also walk around with a baby alligator and exotic birds, offering educational tidbits about each animal.
Aquatica is only open to Sea World guests. The admittance to Aquatica is an additonal $20 fee on top of your Sea World tickets. Amusement Today magazine recognized SeaWorld San Antonio as one of the top amusement parks in the nation, and it’s no wonder. With attractions like Aquatica, it’s sure to be a favorite with your family, too.