Must-See Attractions at SeaWorld Orlando

Riding four across, three men and a woman hold on tight while having the time of their lives on SeaWorld's Mako roller coaster.

SeaWorld opened its first Orlando theme park in 1973. In the more than four decades since, it’s expanded to include a water park and one of the most unique attractions you’ll ever have the pleasure of visiting. All three focus on aquatic animals, SeaWorld’s ongoing efforts to protect them — and innovative ways for guests to have fun.

Top 5 Attractions at SeaWorld Orlando

  1. Kraken Unleashed
  2. Mako
  3. Journey to Atlantis
  4. Wild Arctic
  5. Sky Tower

Kids riding SeaWorld Orlando's Shamu rollarcoaster which is shaped like Shamu, the whale.

If you’re visiting SeaWorld with younger children, you’ll definitely want to stop at Shamu’s Happy Harbor. All of the attractions here are geared toward kids, including Shamu Express, Swishie Fishies and Seven Seas Railway. Then, the whole family can participate in Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and Dolphin Nursery, which was renovated in 2017.

Also upgraded in 2017, the former Kraken roller coaster got a virtual-reality boost to become Kraken Unleashed. Other pulse-pounding rides include Mako, Journey to Atlantis and Wild Arctic. (It’s also worth noting that the aforementioned Antarctica attraction offers “Mild” and “Wild” options.)

Finally, don’t forget the park’s last original attraction: the iconic, 400-foot-tall Sky Tower, which provides a gently rotating, 360-degree view of Orlando. If heights don’t help you relax, consider a 20-minute getaway on SeaWorld’s lake courtesy of the separate-ticketed Paddle Boats.

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Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark

Kids playing in SeaWorld's Aquatica pool

SeaWorld’s expertise at all things aquatic shines through in their water park, which offers fun rides, up-close animal encounters and pure relaxation. Two of those aspects come together in Dolphin Plunge, an incredible tube-slide attraction where you’ll rocket through a clear lagoon that’s home to black-and-white Commerson’s dolphins.

Other senses-shattering experiences include raft rides like Walhalla Wave, HooRoo Run, Whanau Way and Omaka Rocka. Or, leave the raft behind for free-fall drops on Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, fast tubes on Tassie’s Twister, mat racing on Taumata Racer and white-water excitement on Roa’s Rapids.

When you’re ready to slow things down, Cutback Cove and Big Surf Shores are two enormous wave pools with white sandy beaches and lounge chairs. Wading fun for all ages can be enjoyed at Walkabout Waters.

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Discovery Cove

Otter swimming underwater with kids snorkeling in the background watching the otter

One of Orlando’s most unique offerings, this day resort offers aquatic adventures and tranquil relaxation.

Several close encounters with exotic creatures can be enjoyed with the resort’s base package, including those at Seaventure, The Grand Reef and Fresh Water Oasis, where you can expect to see tropical fish, rays, otters and marmosets. Available as an upgrade, Dolphin Lagoon is an incredible adventure where you’ll be able to spend an unforgettable 30 minutes with the gentle marine mammals.

For an experience of a different feather, mix and mingle with exotic birds at the Explorer’s Aviary. And when you’re ready to relax, grab a lounge chair or cabana at Serenity Bay, or just drift on Wind-Away River.

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