Visiting Sea World with a baby can be a delightful experience, but it requires some extra planning and consideration for your little one’s comfort and safety. Here are some helpful tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable visit.
First things First! Download the Sea World App:
Before you do anything else I recommend downloading the Sea World app. There you can purchase tickets and fun cards in advance and pay for parking. This will give you a jump start on the day when you arrive at the park. The app also provides essential information such as showtimes, park maps, and ride wait times. It can be a handy tool to navigate the park and stay updated on the latest happenings.
Of course, this goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway!
Pack a well-stocked diaper bag with essentials such as diapers, wipes, bottles, formula or breast milk, baby food, pacifiers, and extra clothes. You’ll also need sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your baby from the sun.
3 – Pediatrician recommended sunscreens:
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Hats to protect baby from the sun:
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Bring a good Stroller or wagon! Sea World is stroller-friendly, and you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking. Ensure your baby’s stroller or wagon is comfortable, maneuverable, and has shaded areas to keep them cool. Also, it’s a good idea to use a stroller or wagon that reclines so that they can nap when needed.
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Bring packed food:
Food can get very expensive at Sea World so we decided to pack food for everyone.
Bringing a packed lunch to Sea World can be a great way to save money, cater to specific dietary needs, and have a convenient meal option.
Here are a few quick tips for packing a lunch for your trip to Sea World:
Check Sea World’s Policies: Before packing your lunch, check Sea World’s policies regarding outside food and beverages. Some theme parks have specific guidelines, so it’s essential to know what is allowed.
When we went through the main entrance, they did not check our bags so it was no problem at all to bring in our own food and drinks.
Use a Cooler Bag: Invest in a good quality cooler bag or a small cooler to keep your packed lunch fresh and cool throughout the day. You can pack perishable items like sandwiches, salads, fruits, and drinks with ice packs to maintain their temperature.
Pack Non-Perishables: opt for non-perishable snacks like granola bars, trail mix, crackers, and dry fruits. These items won’t spoil during the day and are easy to carry around.
Hydration is Key: Bring plenty of water bottles to keep everyone hydrated throughout the day. Staying hydrated is crucial, especially during a day of walking and activities.
Take Advantage of Picnic Areas: Most theme parks, including Sea World, have designated picnic areas where you can enjoy your packed lunch comfortably.
Plan Your Visit:
Sea World offers many activities and experiences, more than we could feasibly do in one day with a seven-month-old. So, planning out the day ahead of time is a smart way to enjoy the experiences that you want to see most.
Take a look at the park’s schedule and plan your day accordingly. Make note of showtimes, animal feeding times, and any special events or exhibits you don’t want to miss. Arriving early in the morning allows you to make the most of your day.
Optimize Your Itinerary:
Sea World offers a variety of attractions, shows, and exhibits. Prioritize the experiences you are most interested in and plan your itinerary accordingly.
Straight beyond the park entrance is an Explorers Reef exhibit, a touch pool with reef sharks, rays and other tide pool animals. We opted to pass this up for the simple reason it’s always available and why not head to the exhibits first.
We started the day with Wild Arctic and spent the morning working counter clock wise through the park. Sea World often has baby-friendly attractions, such as animal exhibits and gentle shows suitable for all ages. Take advantage of these experiences that your baby can enjoy too.
Here are some of our favorite animal exhibits we visited:
- Wild arctic animal experience viewing the beluga whales, harbor seals and walruses.
- Penguins up close encounter
- Turtle Reef
- Shark Encounter
- Sea Lion Point
Next, we decided to cut across the park and go to the Orca Encounter at 12:00.
One important thing to mention here is strollers are prohibited in some of the shows. So, if you have a non-walker keep this in mind! Bring a carrier and don’t forget babies’ hat or some form of shade to protect baby. In the summer months it can get quite hot in the stadiums. Or, plan on waiting outside the exhibit with the babe.
Plan Around Naps and Feeding:
Right before the show ended my daughter exited early and took advantage of one of the dedicated nursing facilities near the Ora encounter restrooms.
FYI: It was good that she went before the show ended because once the show let out there was a long line of people waiting to get into the nursing room.
IF YOU’RE A NURSING MOM…
Sea World has three dedicated nursing facilities that we found on the app.
- Nursing facility at the Dolphin Amphitheater Restrooms
- Nursing facility near the Mission Bay Theatre Restrooms
- Nursing facility near the Orca Encounter Restrooms
But you can also nurse anywhere else in the park that you feel comfortable. With a wiggly seven-month-old, my daughter planned to use the nursing room just to have a quiet place free of distractions, but she did end up finding a few other great spots instead:
“Animals of the Sea” aquarium – It’s dark, pretty quiet, and she was able look at the pretty fish swimming all around while baby ate happily.
The garden by the Sea Lion show – It’s enclosed, and it has a great sandbox digging spot to entertain older toddlers while mom feeds baby.
Turtle Reef – She didn’t use this one, but–like the aquarium above–it’s dark and soothing, perfect for baby.
Sea World can be overwhelming for little ones. Take breaks in shaded areas or indoor attractions with air conditioning to give your baby time to rest and recharge.
After baby was fed and changed, she did get a little fussy. We decided that I would stay back with her and take a break in a nice quiet shaded area. The other’s headed off to enjoy some rides including:
Take Advantage of Quick Queue:
If you want to maximize your time and minimize wait times for rides, consider purchasing the Quick Queue pass. This allows you to skip the regular lines and enjoy expedited access to popular attractions.
I’m glad we divided up because baby was able to take a nice nap while. Staying flexible is the best way to approach a day full of fun and adventure.
Capture the Moments:
Of course, don’t forget to take lots of photos and videos to capture those precious moments with your baby at Sea World. These memories will be cherished for years to come!
Remember, the key to a successful trip to Sea World with a baby is to be flexible and prioritize their comfort and needs. Enjoy the experience and create beautiful memories with your little one!
Hope you enjoy my tips and tricks for a happy visit to Sea World with a baby!