The Age-by-Age Guide to SeaWorld

Planning a family vacation to SeaWorld? Whether you've got a baby, a tween or a crew of kids in between, find out how to make the most of your trip. (6 Photos)

Ellen Parlapiano on Aug 6, 2012 at 1:55PM

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The Age-by-Age Guide to SeaWorld

2012 SeaWorld Orlando

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SeaWorld: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go!

Looking for the secret to the perfect family vacation to SeaWorld Orlando? Well, we've got it: Just tailor your trip to your kid's age and interests. Sure, marine-loving tots and tweens alike can feed fishies, get splashed by Shamu and ride some awesome coasters, but that doesn't mean you don't need a specialized touring strategy (not to mention a place to chill!). So before you even book your trip, check out our age-by-age guide to SeaWorld. You'll thank us!

Know Before You Go
There are many admission options. Single park tickets get you into SeaWorld only, but multi-park passes include sister water park Aquatica, and sometimes other nearby attractions too. There are also deals with participating partner hotels. Learn more here.

All Day Dining Deals can save you money
-- especially if you've got tweens and teens with whale-sized appetites! You purchase a wristband that allows you unlimited visits to participating park restaurants. Learn more here.

Many of the popular attractions have height restrictions
, so make sure your kids measure up before you get in line. But if you're dying to sample some of the wilder rides yourself (come on, mama, you know you want to try the Manta flying coaster), the 'child swap' option lets you and the hubs take turns riding, while one of you stays behind with younger children. Just let the ride operators know when you reach the front of the line, and they'll let you switch off without having to queue up all over again. 

Waterproof cameras and rain ponchos
are handy for soak zones in the first few rows of shows. Whales and dolphins make a BIG splash!

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