Things to Do in Florida {Series} – SEA LIFE Aquarium

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During our recent stay at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, we were provided with tickets to I-Drive 360.  As many times as we’d been to International Drive, I never knew that this little gem existed! It made me want to explore our great state more and provide a list of things to do in Florida.  So let’s start our series with SEA LIFE Aquarium in Orlando, FL.

I-Drive 360, home of the iconic Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, is a one-of-a-kind, 18-acre dining and entertainment complex in the heart of Central Florida. The I-Drive 360 experience includes three attractions, a museum, full-service restaurants, two nightclubs, an arcade and nightly live entertainment. Basically, everything you want and need is right there and it’s within walking distance of the Wyndham!

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Don’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover

SEA LIFE Aquarium offers a new wave of underwater adventures with diverse species from around the globe! There are more than 5,000 creatures including colorful fish, seahorses, jellyfish, turtles and sharks in an immersive 360-degree ocean tunnel.

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From the outside, it looks like a little store.   At first glance, I expected that we would be in and out within minutes, worried about what we would do to fill the day.  We had no idea what we were in for when we walked in.  Like any great Orlando attraction, they have a photographer waiting to greet you. He took a series of shots and then it was straight back to meet the fish. The girls didn’t waste any time.  They were pointing out their favorites within minutes. It immediately exceeded our expectations.

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One of the fun programs they offer is a passport that you stamp yourself at each attraction.  If your kids are anything like mine, that challenge was accepted and they couldn’t wait to fill their passports!  My girls were also eager to see the different species up-close.  They all love animals, so getting to see them in this environment is something they get incredibly excited about.  Many of the creatures at SEA LIFE are on the endangered list, have been rescued and cannot be released into the wild, or have been born and bred as part of their conservation projects.  It was a treat to see them so closely.

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In addition to the many exhibits, they host interactive dive shows where you can watch the divers, who happened to be wearing pink tutus,  interact with their incredible animals, and answer questions!  Watching the sharks swim by was amazing as the divers taught us all sorts of interesting facts.

My oldest was most fascinated with the turtles.  We often see them in our neighborhood but don’t enjoy watching them swim around.  They are really beautiful creatures.

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We loved the tunnels.  Imagine walking through an aquarium packed with interesting fish.  It almost took our breath away as we walked through and imagined being a part of this underwater world.

SEA LIFE also offers a variety of programs, including Toddler Time, a new up-close, hands-on educational program designed for the youngest underwater enthusiasts and their parents. Toddler Time starts at 9:30 am every Tuesday and Saturday and includes age-appropriate activities that connect toddlers to the AMAZING world beneath our oceans.

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And if the fish weren’t enough, they also had this small playground that the girls loved!  If we had let them, they would have stayed there all day. It’s a great way to release energy and interact with other kids.  They offer a small area for parents to relax while their kids enjoy climbing, sliding, and peeking out from a giant yellow pipe high above everyone.

We all know that Florida weather is super temperamental.  While we refer to it as “The Sunshine State,” Florida is known to have rain showers regularly.  As the Aquarium is indoors, your visit will not be affected by the weather, so it’s the perfect place to go on those gloomy Orlando days!

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Did you know that stingrays are related to sharks? How about the fact that the aquarium holds over 350,000 gallons of water? That’s a lot! And there’s so much more. Children and adults alike can learn more about the fantastic creatures in our seas by watching them feed firsthand!

We had an incredible time at SEA LIFE and look forward to visiting again soon!  Stay tuned for part 2 of our “things to do in Florida” series!  Have you ever been to SEA LIFE? Comment below and share your experience!

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  1. I’ve never been here, but I definitely want to go in the future 🙂 thanks for a comprehensive guide and lots of information x

  2. Wow. My family loves to visit aquarium themed park! I am adding this to my bucket list!

  3. This place is absolutely worth while. Feels like Aquaman will show up any minute from now. Florida is just pure beauty.

  4. Going to theme parks like this is indeed a great place for families and especially those who have little kids. Surely they will enjoy this!

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  5. I always love visiting aquariums, they are fun. Never visited Florida to experience such, am hoping one day

  6. Goodness gracious! The aquarium is so beautiful! I watched the Meg and I loved the aquarium so definitely, this is just as great! Sea life can be very intriguing.

  7. My youngest would enjoy a visit here. He’s fascinated with sea life. Hopefully we get to Florida soon to visit this aquarium. That photo of the green frog is awesome by the way!

  8. The SEA LIFE Aquarium is on my bucket list for Florida and it looks like it might happen this year 😀

  9. We absolutely love to go to the aquarium as a family. There is always so much to see and explore!

  10. Visiting an aquarium is always fun. That aquarium looks awesome. We visited the one in Baltimore and it was an awesome aquarium too.

  11. Looks like that sea life aquarium in Florida is really fun place. I need to take kids to this place they will sure enjoy it.

  12. One of my friends just recently went to Sea Life Aquarium and was telling me about how cool it is. I want to visit.

  13. Looks like a place worth seeing in person! So many fun things to see in an aquarium. The sting rays are so impressive to watch.

  14. This is such an amazing and quite educational way of activity. I am sure kids would love it. I’d love to take selfies in there.

  15. We love aquariums but I haven’t seen this one when we went to Florida. Putting it on my list right now.

  16. How cool that SEA LIFE offers an interactive diving show! We love visiting our local aquarium. It always makes for some awesome fun family time.

  17. What a cool place! It’s so cool that the kids get to see the awesome sea life up close like that. I want to go!

  18. I’ve never been to this aquarium in Florida, omg!!! Your images are stunning! I need to visit the aquarium asap. Thanks for sharing.

    Chad

  19. This would be perfect for my family to visit the next time we’re in florida. They love seeing all of the different animals.

  20. This aquarium looks like a lot of fun. My kids love going to them, we will have to check it out next trip to Florida.

  21. We have this here where I live and my family loves visiting it and have used it for a Homeschooling Field Trip. It’s been a while since we have visited and its time we go back.

  22. I’ve never been to the USA, but I can’t imagine visiting that country without seeing Florida. This Acquarium looks really fun, especially for a family trip at the weekend. 🙂

  23. This will go on our list of things not to miss when we make a journey to Orlando. My son loves having the little passport to collect stamps from the different areas. I saw on the Sea Life has other locations so we may be able to include it in trips to other states.

  24. i’ve never been to Florida but I went to Genoa aquarium when I was younger and it was definitely one of the funniest experiences of my life

  25. I have never heard of Sea Life Aquarium. It looks like a great family destination. I will have to check it out the next time that we are there.

  26. There is always something to see and do in Florida. The sea life place would always be a great family place to go and enjoy the day.

  27. Florida is one of those places with so much going on! This looks like an amazing aquarium to go and visit as well. I hope to go back to Florida one day to visit.

  28. We love seal life and so far we’ve gone thrice already. My son loves it so much can’t wait for his brother to go too.

  29. My husband recently came back from a business trip in FL and man does he want us to move there but honestly, from the few times I have gone, I see zero appeal – LOL! That being said, he was like “have you ever been to FL with me?! Exactly – just wait”… Okay! WAITING!

  30. We’ve been to a few other SEALife’s and have loved our experience as well! Beautiful presentation of all things aquatic.

  31. Oh, how fun! Looks like the kids are having a blast. We went to one in Orlando, and it was pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!

  32. The Sea Life Aquarium looks to be a place that promises fun and education at the same time. A great place to take the kids and get them acquainted with underwater life. I especially like the fact that they have programmes like Toddler Time.

  33. It’s really worth going to the Sea Life Aquarium especially if you have the kids with you. It’s not just going to be a fun experience for them, it’s also a place for learning. It’s also a lovely way to nurture their love for animals and the environment.

  34. My kids love going to the aquarium so much! We almost always go to the aquarium or zoo every place we visit!

  35. Your photos are so lovely! I definitely am visiting the Sea Life Aquarium next time we go to Florida. Thank you for sharing.

  36. Wow, another activity that kids will love. Well, I guess even adults will do enjoy this. Plus you get to learn more about sea creatures as well.

  37. We love Aquariums, they never get old. Animals are always fascinating especially when you can get expert knowledge.

  38. That looks like so much fun. I love aquariums. They have one at the zoo in Toledo as well and we had a great time there. Can’t wait to check this out in Florida.

  39. The aquarium is one of my favorite places to take my son. The wonder and amazement in his eyes at every turn is so exciting for me! This looks really fun and we’ll have to check it out (we live in Florida!)

  40. What a cool place! I’ve never been here before, but when we visit FL, we will definitely have to take the kids!

  41. I personally have found that some places that look like “a hole in the wall” are actually some of the best places to go. I would love to take the kids here!

  42. We visited Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine Texas a few years ago. I felt like it was going to be lame at first but it turned out to be an awesome experience. I was amazed at how big some of the aquariums were. The tunnel was my favorite part.

  43. We’ve been to the National Aquarium in Baltimore and our son had been to Georgia Aquarium and Tennessee Aquarium for their school field trips. We’ve never been to Florida, but it’s on our bucket list and I would love for us to visit this aquarium.

  44. I love going to aquariums. I haven’t been to Florida though, but hoping to go sometime. That’s one of the places I’ve always wanted to visit. My girls love seeing aquariums.

  45. Oh my goodness, this looks SO cool. We have an aquarium here and it was so fun, but I’d love to go to this one!

  46. Sounds like a beautiful experience for the whole family. I’ve always enjoyed talking the kids to aquariums because there’s so much to experience and learn.

  47. We love visiting aquariums and learning more about marine life. Walking under stingrays looks amazing. I love your photos!

  48. Where I live they have a Sea life also and I will have to say they do a wonderful job. I have been there many times and it is well worth the money.

  49. That does look like a great place to visit. I would love to check it out next time we are in then area.

  50. SEA LIFE Aquarium is such a fun place to visit. We have been to the one in Charlotte and had a great time. My favorite part was walking through the tunnel of fish!

  51. We visited Sea Life Aquarium and the Ripley’s Museum during a recent visit to the Orlando Eye. The Eye was closed due to rain so we asked if we could swap our tix for one of the other attractions and they obliged. We really enjoyed the aquarium. Looks like your family had a great time as well.

  52. That looks like such a fun thing to do on those gloomy Florida days. I had no idea stingrays were related to sharks.

  53. This would be so cool to see. We’ve always enjoyed going to aquariums. I’ll have to keep this in mind the next time we’re in Florida.

  54. I love the Orlando area. I’ve never been to Sea life but do love aquariums so it’s a place I’d definitely look into checking out if there.

  55. What a fun place to visit while in Florida. Your post has amazing pictures and made me feel like I was really there. I love how educational this is for the little ones.

  56. Going to the sea life museum would be so much fun. We love to watch the different animals in and out of the water. Makes for a fun day.

  57. What a fun and great experience you had.I have never been to SEA LIFE Aquarium but I always wanted to visit. Such a wonderful place.

  58. I have never been to sea world when going to Florida! It looks like a great place to visit! I love learning about the underworld magic!

  59. Sea Life Aquarium looks like a lot of fun for the family. We love going to aquariums. They’re so interesting, and ones like this that offer a really close up look are the best!