September 25, 2007,
D.D. asks from Dallas, TX on September 24, 2007
We are going to Sea World this coming weekend with our 2 boys - 1.5 years and 4.5 years. I am wondering if I should take my double jogging stroller, or 2 single strollers? Is there a lot of walking to do for a 4.5 year old and he might need a stroller? Will it be too hard to manuever around with a jogging double stroller? Also, can you recommend the exhibits we should definitely see that would be appealing for kids that age? Thank you.
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Thanks for your input about the strollers. I did my research tonight and these are the things we are planning on doing. We will be staying at the Radisson Hill Country Resort. We are buying the 2 day pass (online) so that we can catch any show/exhibits that we might have missed on the first day.
Must sees exhibits:
* Penguin Encounter (its a indoor exhibit; should plan on seeing this one during the afternoon hours when it gets hot outside)
* Dolphin Cove
* Seal and Sea Lion Community
* Sharks and the Coral Reef (this one is indoors as well)
* Believe - Shamu show - 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m. Shamu Theater 20 min
* Viva - Beluga whales - 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. Beluga Stadium 25 min
* Shamus Rockin Creep Show Shamu Theater 20 min 7:30 and 9:15 pm
* The Shamu Express - must be 38 inches to ride.
* Shamus Happy Harbor - play area etc.
* Boardwalk games center
C.P. answers from Dallas on September 25, 2007
When my daughter was 4, we went & rented a stroller there. It was great, and not expensive. When she wanted to walk, she walked, and when she got tired, she climbed in & rode. It's very hilly & their strollers work well. It also served as a great "catch-all" for bags, souvenirs, etc. She loved every show they had, and even now at age 9 she remembers it & talks about it....guess it's time to take her back!
C.M. answers from Dallas on September 25, 2007
We went this past weekend. We rented a stroller and I'm glad we did it was much easier to push up all those hills than ours would have been. I would suggest getting the double just in case your older child wants to ride some. I would have ridden in one by the end of the day if my husband could have pushed me in it!
I highly recommend the penquin exhibit and Shamu! My daughter (2 1/2) loved them.
Also, be prepared for the price of food. It really is ridiculous. I would suggest getting one of the souvenior drink cups at the beginning of the day (about $6-$7) and then you can refill it for around $2. Also, I kept refilling mine at water fountains.
Have a great time!!
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C.R. answers from Dallas on September 24, 2007
Well I have two boys (3 years and 10 months) and I took my double stroller with me. It worked out great. I wouldn't suggest renting one of their's because just when you need it the most (for the parking lot walk to the car) you have to turn it back in.
I would also take a big tote bag so if you see a show and leave the stroller you can just put your belongings in the bag and take it with you. They don't like you taking any food items in the park thou I did take food/juice in for my baby and they said nothing.
Funny story, As we were going through check in and they were going through our stuff. My friends husband asks what they are looking for. She said mainly straws that could harm the whales and such. The funny thing is that while they were talking, he was chewing on a straw! And he walked right in without any trouble!
Anyway, My vote is for the double.
Also I think all the shows/exhibits would be great for you kids.
A.H. answers from Dallas on September 25, 2007
Yes, bring a double jogger! Or you can rent them there. Everyone will have one. Some exibits don't allow strollers inside but there is lots of stroller parking.
J.S. answers from Dallas on September 24, 2007
We took our son when he was 16months and used an umbrella stroller and did fine. Your older son probably will not want a stroller, but the younger one - most definitely! Besides seeing Shamu, feed the dolphins, and go see the SeaLions! There are a few other exhibits by the sealions but I can't remember the names for the life of me. I love SeaWorld and can't wait to take my son again when he's a little older. Also, I think SeaWorld is best to do in two days. Some of the shows are at the same time and you miss them. I've been to SeaWorld twice and have yet to see the water ski show!
Have a great time!! Another thing, never never never dine with Shamu unless you like your food to taste like Shamu's food (fishy..and the menu doesn't include fish!) If that doesn't bother you, then do it! Great photo ops!
Edited for comments: we posted at the same time. You did good by getting the two day pass and researching the shows/exhibits you want to see. Excellent choices and have fun!!
S.S. answers from Dallas on September 24, 2007
I would recommend renting one of their strollers. All of the people and moving around was really hard on "our" stroller. I was not happy with how it put so much wear and tear on it. Good Luck!
H.C. answers from Dallas on September 24, 2007
Don't take 2 single strollers. That gets difficult to manage. I think the double jogging stroller should be fine. Last time we took our sit and stand (double stroller) and it was great! We have boys about the same age as you.
The kids will love everything. My older son (4.5 yo) liked feeding the sealions. You'll have to help get up a little higher so he can throw the fish down, but it is really fun! Also you can nap inside some of the exhibits like the Penguin exhibit... air conditioned and dark. haha!
It's a good park for kids.
J.S. answers from Dallas on September 24, 2007
We went this past May with our 3 year old son. He's a walker, so he didn't want to ride at all. My cousin's girls used it instead. We had plenty of room with our 1 jogging stroller. I think it just depends on your child...if he likes to walk or not.
All the exhibits are really cool for all ages. I do recommend going to the show with the walruses (& other animals). I cannot for the life of me remember the name, but it's supposed to be really funny. We missed it because of certain reasons.
Hope ya'll have fun!
A.O. answers from Dallas on September 25, 2007
We went to Sea World a month or so ago and rented a double stroller there. It was big enough to accommodate my 2.5 year old and 5.5 year old -- and it had a good size cover on top to keep out the sun and rain (in our case). We were glad we got one big enough for our older child because we would have been carrying her by lunchtime otherwise.