Sea World, Florida... is it worth the hype?

You probably didn't know this about me, but when I was little, I used to want to be a marine biologist.  I remember being at the beach and snorkeling my little heart out, in hopes that I could explore the ocean everyday for the rest of my life.  Well, apparently God had other plans, but I am still in awe of the beautiful world below the surface of the water.

sea world florida - traveling with a child

For my birthday, we decided to take a trip to Sea World in Florida.  We packed the stroller and backpack full of goodies for Judah, got our tickets, and headed in to see these beautiful sea animals up close and personal.

I'll admit, I was torn in how I felt...it broke my heart to see the animals in captivity yet the child inside of me leaped for joy at the very site of these big beautiful and majestic creatures.  To see the pools they swam in instead of the big beautiful ocean, and to know that most of the animals that were there have been born in captivity was also heart breaking, yet I really appreciated that Sea World funds research, takes care of, and provides recovery for injured sea life.

There is definitely some taboo when it comes to prior care of the animals (if you haven't seen the documentary, "Blackfish,"  I encourage you to watch it and decide for yourself.  Sea World did share their belief about the film.

Despite being torn, we had a great time and Judah loved the whales (just like his mama)!  He stared at them, watched them in wonder, clapped when they jumped in the air, and had a big smile on his face (well, most of the time), ha!  We ate at the Sharks Grill.  I would suggest getting reservations, as it books up quick.  It was a great experience with good food.  One entire wall of the restaurant is a huge aquarium so there is always something to look at and keep the kids entertained.  It was one of the more expensive restaurants on the park, but we thought it was well worth it.

During the day, it was definitely hot, so if you decide to go, WEAR SUNSCREEN, bring a water bottle, sunglasses, a little spritzer fan, wear clothes you wouldn't mind getting wet (if you want to sit in the splash zone of certain shows), a travel towel, and bring snacks, electrolytes.