The last time we went to Sea World, I was newly pregnant with Nicholas and Mikey was 2 years old. It sucked. Unless you are a fan of amusement parks, you won’t find going to a large park with children in diapers who still nap very amusing. Bemusing, maybe, but not amusing. We learned our lesson.
We went again this weekend, almost four years later, and I can’t tell you how more enjoyable it is when the kids are older. It was an entirely different experience.
We finished the day at San Diego’s Old Town Mexican Cafe. The food is fine. It’s more of a tourist trap (you can get better Mexican food in countless places across southern California) but it’s right by the park and anyone who isn’t accustomed to grabbing great Mexican food five minutes from their house will think it’s grub.
Some recommendations for out of town visitors to Sea World:
- Sun screen or hats.
- Water, water, water.
- Sneakers and comfortable clothing. Don’t dress like a rock star, please. I can’t tell you how many women I saw wearing flip-flops or high heeled sandals. People, California isn’t flat and Sea World is acres upon acres of land. We walked, easily, 5 miles yesterday and while it isn’t as hilly as the San Diego Zoo, I was glad I wore my jeans and a pair of Sauconys.
- Bring a change of clothes, including underwear, if you want to sit close to the action at the shows. When they call it the “soak zone,” they aren’t kidding. It’s not like you get a little wet. There are thousand-pound mammals using their flippers to spray you with water. Imagine someone dumping a painter’s bucket of water on you several times to get an idea of how wet you get. We were in the soak zone but near the holding tank entrance so we didn’t get a drop on us. A few yards to the left of us, one girl was so wet from repeated soakings that her shorts and tank tops started to slide off her body from the weight of the water. It was like she jumped into a pool fully dressed.
- Eat a large, late breakfast before you go, and you won’t have to spend a mortgage payment on lunch. Plus, the kids will enjoy the fun snacks you don’t normally let them eat, like ice cream sandwiches and churros. I recommend the frozen tropical lemonade.
Did I miss something? Let me know in the comments. Even though I am a local, my kids are only just now old enough to make going to amusement parks is worthwhile.