So earlier last week I decided I wanted to do something special for Seth. I thought about surprising him with some brand new video games and a case of his favorite drink, and letting him dedicate his weekend to sitting on his caboose and racing, shooting, killing who knows what on that bright little screen.
(I'm pretty sure the only game I really truly know how to play is Mario Kart on the Wii. Oh! & the Lion King game back on the old super Nintendo!)
Well, the weather had been beautiful the past couple weekends. Warm, sunshine-yy, too beautiful to sit indoors. So I thought to myself, what could we do that's outside and fun!?
Well I only had to think about it for 2 seconds until it hit me.
I had to ruin the element of Surprise by making sure he wanted to go because it's definitely not the cheapest place to spend your Saturday at. Turns out, Seth has never been to Sea World. Boom.
Right after those words left his mouth, I figured he had no choice but to go now.
(Don't worry, he was super excited to go)
Now let me tell you, Sea World tickets are usually $60 a person, unless there is some online discount, your a season pass holder, or you purchase some package deal.. So where to get discount tickets?
Try HEB! I went this weekend and of course they didn't have this upcoming seasons discounted tickets yet but they assured me they'll be there soon. Usually the discount is you pay for two days at the park for the price of one!!
Okay, back to our weekend.
Just my luck, we wake up Saturday and head off to Sea World, when all of a sudden, what do you know, rain clouds are hovering over the entire park. Of course I was getting upset because not only was it about to rain, but it's windy, and chilly! We came in shorts and tank tops. Fail.
But we decided to make the best of it! Now, off to feed the sea lions!
Our first show was filled with sea lions, otters, and holy moly a gigantic walrus!
Between them doing handstands, and back flips, and even the walrus rolled on its back, put its hands? flippers? something behind his head and NO JOKE started doing sit ups! What's really cool, is after the show you get to go feed the sea lions! For anyone who is thinking about doing this in the future, most of the feeding sessions do cost money! Feeding a handful of fish was about $5.
Oh! how could I forget sharing this.. My camera caught him blowing a kiss to the crowd.
What was great about this trip was that the weather was supposed to be awful that there was really not that many people in the park. So surprise surprise, we headed off to ride FRONT ROW on the Steel Eel.
Now when I came to Sea World, many many years ago, I remember waiting in long lines for almost 2 hours just to ride this ride front row. We lucked out. There wasn't even enough people there to fill up the roller coaster. Front row it is baby. ( If you plan on going to Sea World, and love fast, exhilarating, makes your eyes water, roller coasters, then this is the ride for you.)
Next we went to see Sea World's newest show, Azul. It featured dolphins, beluga whales, acrobats, synchronized swimmers,& tropical birds. I would have to say the best part was the dolphins, only because I had no idea they could do front flips, let alone, synchronized front flips. Normally you want to get to these shows 30 minutes early, then you have to sit there and wait wait wait. False! (Well you did have to wait, but they had a pre-show, and let me tell you.. it doesn't matter if you sit on the first row or the fifteenth. You will get wet!)
Now comes one of my FAVORITE parts of the ENTIRE DAY. Seth and I had been debating the night before on where to eat lunch. They have little restaurants filled with your typical theme park food, hot dogs, pizza, chicken tenders, etc. Well turns out we weren't eating theme park food for lunch. Seth had reserved a private dining lunch with Shamu and the trainers! You can sign up for this online, and I would suggest you do it in advance, because it's only once a day, very very limited seats, and they fill up fast!
Now this is what we got to do. Right behind Shamu's theatre where he and the other whales perform, is the trainers pool. They set up a few table around this trainers pool and you literally have a tiny rope running along the pool (obviously so you don't cross it) that devides you and these beautiful creatures. Our lunch was buffett style, between ribs, chicken, salad, bbq, all kinds of desserts and sweets, and food for the youngins. As we ate, we could watch the whales swim (yes they put more than one in there) and the trainers walked around and interacted with us, answering questions and talking about what they do on a day to day basis.
Then came the best part. They put on a mini show for us! We got to see Shamu and the others up close! They preform and pose for pictures!! Then they had one other special treat! They have a baby killer whale and her trainer just so happened to be there when we were eating. So she brought out the baby whale for all of us to see! This lunch is a MUST if you get that chance. It's about $36 per adult and something I will never ever forget.
The surprises didn't stop there. I had signed up for a exclusive tour that only happens once during the day where we get to interact with dolphins and beluga whales! This tour costs $40 per person! Now what we didn't realize was not only do you get to interact with them, but you get a free picture with them, and special seating to the Azul show! (oops we already saw it) So we met the dolphins first. Over course they had to warn us that the dolphins sometimes splash (but it's rare they splash the people) Well it was our lucky day. Out of the 15 peoples who were in the group, Seth and I were up in front taking a picture and the dolphin decided to soak us!! Just our luck.
After interacting with the dolphins we headed to our seats to watch Azul again! Of course, while the entire show was going on I just wanted it to end so we could meet the beluga whales.
Here's where it got fun!
We got kissed by a beluga whale!!!!!!
This experience is something I don't think we will ever forget!
Here was a pic I took at the Shark Tank aquarium!
We needed a ice cream break, because what do you know... THE SUN CAME OUT!!!!!
Alright alright, last but not least, we went to see the Shamu Rocks show. YOU MUST MUST MUST SEE THIS. It played at 8:30 which I know can be late for little kids when you've been there all day, but you HAVE to stay.
Let me tell you... We went to a different Shamu show earlier that afternoon. Sat in the sam exact FRONT ROW seat.. Didn't get a drop of water on us..
Then came the big flip..
We were SOAKED!! But it didn't stop there. They had him turn around and splash his tale another TWO times. Last show of the day, and we came out with not a single dry spot on our bodies. (If you sit ANYWHERE in the first 15 rows in the stadium, you will not come out of it dry)
This was probably our FAVORITE show of the entire day! Well worth the wait!
We made so many memories this weekend! It couldn't have been any more perfect!!
(sorry for the novel)