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SeaWorld Orlando's Saving a Species Tour
SeaWorld is one of our families all time favorite parks. We are Gold Passport members and visit the park at least 4 or 5 times each visit. Our children always love Kraken and Journey to Atlantis but SeaWorld is also an educational park.
Something different for you to do apart from the normal shows and rides are the behind the scenes tours.
There is a good choice of behind the scenes tours and The Saving a Species Tour is just one of them. A best practice is to book early and the tour cost is in addition to the normal park admission price. Prices start from $16 for an Adult and $12 for children under 3 are free. One dollar of this tour admission is donated to the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
Tours can either be pre booked or alternatively we just arrive at the park early and go to the Guided Tour Counter just as you enter the park. Places are limited and the times of the tours do vary.
You will all be given a ticket and then told where you need to meet your tour guide. Your tour guide is from the parks educational department.
The tour lasts for 60 minutes and takes you behind the scenes of the park to look at the animals that have been rescued and are currently being rehabilitated.
We saw sea turtles that due to boating accidents had lost limbs, dolphins with badly damaged flippers and baby Manatees. The guide gives you lots of back ground information including the reasons for the animals being there, the medical treatments and is more than willing to answer as many questions as you wish to ask. Remember to take along your camera – you can take as many photographs as you want and the dolphins seem to love the attention but be aware that the dolphins can splash.
After this you are of on a short walk to the second part of your tour where you have the rare opportunity to hand feed exotic birds. The birds are in a free flight aviary and as soon as you go into the aviary with the small carton of food you will attract the birds. They land on your shoulders or even on your head. If you don’t wont to go in you can just watch from the outside. A photographer from SeaWorld is on hand at this point to capture those special moments but again you can take as many of your own photographs as you want.
This is a fantastic tour for adults and children alike where you will all gain a better understanding of SeaWorld’s rescue and rehabilitation programme.
Author: Mike and Michelle Walden
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