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Orlando Has a New Aquarium: Sea Life Aquarium

This weekend I decided to try out some of the new attractions in the Orlando area.  Everyone knows about Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld.  The Sea Life Aquarium is a hidden gem.  It is much more than I expected.  The visuals are marvelous.  There are bright lights, brilliant colors, and crystal clear water with rich decor is how I would describe the Tanks/exhibits.  Fish swimming in patterns is ideal for pictures.  Sea Life featuring a 360-degree tunnel and an area dedicated to Sea Turtles.  You can see more than 5000 species of sea life.  The exhibits include Underwater Divers who feed the fish and discuss the care of the sea life and tanks.

Sea Life Aquarium

Sea Life Aquarium in Orlando, FL

Located on International Drive in the heart of the tourist section in Orlando Sea Life Aquarium is a spectacular adventure through the Oceans of the World.  Sea Life is another attraction that opened in 2015.  It is part of the Orlando Eye experience.  Sea Life is an aquarium where you can explore the beauty of the Indian Ocean, discover the mysteries of the Atlantic, and be impressed by the workings of the Pacific Ocean. Each exhibit is filled with sea life indigenous to each ocean.  The displays are large and spacious, allowing you to see several species of fish and live reefs.  The spotlight is on some key exhibits featuring seahorses, a smack of jellyfish, along with an Octopus.  All in separate tanks of course!  Sea Life has a feature exhibit with a shipwreck that houses a Green Sea Turtle.

The sea exhibits are interactive.  In addition to the great visual stimulation they have videos about the animals, guessing games light up with additional information about the exhibits.  Sea Life had an abundance of attendants to answer questions along with divers who talk to the crowd as they interact with the sea life in the tanks.  The main attraction is definitely the 360° Underwater Tunnel.  Visitors walk through the 360° Underwater Tunnel which pops up in our bubble-tanks for a profound view!  Sharks, Rays and large fish swim right past you.  They are so close you will flinch.  It is a must see!

The visit to the aquarium takes about 90 minutes or so.  That is unless you add the “Behind the Scenes Tour”.  It is then that you will need to add an additional 25-30 minutes as you will see how they keep the tanks clean. You will see Salt Water mixing tanks, how they make the food for the animals, what the animal’s diets consist of, and where the animals get medical care.  Visitors can go upstairs and can view the tanks from above.  This tour is small and intimate.  There was a total of 4 including myself.  We had a personal Guide who told us all about the aquarium and answered all of our questions.  It was well worth the $5 upcharge.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for children 3 to 12 years old.  If you purchase your ticket online and 1 day in advance the tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children.  Sea Life is outstanding for dates, groups, families, and children.

The oceans are fascinating and so are the creatures that live in them. Make sure you stop by the Tanks at feeding time.  Usually once an hour fish and sea life are being fed in one of the exhibits.  Sea Life’s hope is that by educating visitors they will help protect the oceans for generations to come. This past weekend I decided to try out some of the new attractions in the Orlando area.  I am really glad I did!

Visit Sea Life Aquariums

Sea Life  *  8449 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819  *  Phone: 866-622-0607 https://www2.visitsealife.com/orlando/

 

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Bill Collins

Bill Collins is a former Army Officer turned veteran traveler. I have traveled to 28 different Countries mainly concentrated in the Central & Latin America and have spent the last 16 years exploring the Caribbean Islands.

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