SeaWorld San Antonio Grand Adventure Tour

This is a shark.  A terrifying shark with a mouth full of sharp shark teeth, which I thankfully did not encounter while courageously stroking his tail. I’m showing you this so you can bear witness to my incredible bravery.  We can just agree to disregard that I was the very last person to work up the nerve to pet the tiny shark.  And that prior to the shark encounter I balked at scooping up fish to feed a dolphin.  And that I yelped and leapt back when feeding a (not so very) ferocious sting ray.  This was my weekend at SeaWorld San Antonio.  Fear Factor edition.  Kidding!  It was an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with the park’s many amazing animals.  

As a newly minted Wildside blogger, I was invited to go behind-the-scenes at SeaWorld last weekend, to spend some time getting to know the resident animals on the Grand Adventure Tour It did seem a bit cheeky to run away for a child-free weekend of petting dolphins and smooching beluga whales but, as I told my husband, it was work, so I had to.  You can see just how hard I was working.

The Grand Adventure Tour is pretty amazing. It allows participants to learn the basics of animal training at SeaWorld and to put those techniques into practice.  I was able to instruct a bottlenose dolphin to dance, to have a special moment with a beluga whale, to pet a penguin, to feed sea lions, and more.  I got over my initial squeamishness fairly quickly and had a wonderful time marveling at the intelligent animals. 

Because I had no children to whisk home to bed, I stayed through the very last Shamu Christmas Miracles show and even joined Santa and friends in closing out the park with carols by the tree.  SeaWorld blanketed in festive lights for the holidays is truly a sight to behold. I highly recommend a nighttime stroll through the Candy Cane Forest.

Tempted to go visit Shamu and his many marine buddies this holiday season?  Here are several ways you can save on your next SeaWorld adventure.

Ways to visit SeaWorld for Free:

  • Register to participate in the Polar Plunge at Aquatica San Antonio on Saturday, January 5, 2013, benefiting Special Olympics Texas. Commit to raising at least $100 in donations from family and friends and you will receive one two-day admission ticket to SeaWorld San Antonio (valid January 5, 2013, and January 6, 2013), a long-sleeve t-shirt, and a meal voucher. The more money you raise for Special Olympics Texas, the more benefits you can receive, up to an incentive package including two two-day admission tickets and four 2013 SeaWorld SanAntonio/Aquatica Fun Cards! Go here for details.
  • Throughout 2012, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld San Antonio with a single-day complimentary admission. Go here to register.
  • Are you a family-oriented blogger in Texas? Apply to be a Wildside 2013 Blogger!  Applications are currently being accepted online.
  • Kids under 3 get in free

Ways to Save on SeaWorld Tickets:

Many thanks to Colleen of San Antonio Mom Blogs, Julie, and Mason for taking such great photos!  

Disclosure: I am a Wildside Blogger, but was not asked to write about the Grand Adventure Tour, nor was I compensated for this post.  I was invited to participate in this special Wildside event free of charge. All opinions are my own.  This post does contain an affiliate link.  For more information, please read our Disclosure Policy.



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