This was our last official vacation day. We decided to spend the day at Sea World again. They have a deal right now that gives you a pass for the year for the same price as a day pass. So it was kind of an easy decision to go there again. :)
First though, a picture from our the beach in front of our hotel that morning. We were right down from the naval training base and if you were there at the right time each day you could see something like this.
First stop was the animal adventure area. Jack was able to pet the alligator and learn a bit about them.
Then to a mini pool to touch star fish, anenomes, and horseshoe crabs. Jack flipped the horseshoe crab over to show everyone how they can flip themselves back over. There was also someone there teaching about the animals.
There was a sloth nearby. Points for references here. :)
Back through some of our favorite areas. Like the shark exhibit.
A couple of rides. And then it was time for our Dolphin Encounter.
We also gave him a few commands and he did a few tricks for us.
After the dolphins...
We met the eels. I've never been a huge fan of eels. Can't say it's changed either. ;) We talked with the person in charge of them and then had the chance to feed them some squid. I passed. Jack did though and he was one of the only ones who got a bite.
We were able to hold a sea turtles shell and learn a bit more about their anatomy. We also learned about ways to help save the sea turtles.
After that we went to the Shamu show again. This time sitting dead center in the splash zone.
Luckily we only got a few drops. Disappointing for Jack, but it is February and I didn't want to freeze. We had a great view. After that we hit some more rides. Then he wanted to watch the Sea Lion show again.
That evening we headed over to Seaport Village for dinner and a walk.
We ate at one of the restaurants right on the water. After we bought some hot sauce for our hot sauce lovers here and some cupcakes for ourselves. Then back to the hotel to pack up and get ready for our return trip.
The last morning we ate breakfast out on the patio. We had a sea gull stalking our french toast. Then it was time to head home. The normal 8 hour drive took us 10 hours because traffic was so bad. We didn't get home until almost 9. And it was oh so good to see everyone else again. We had a wonderful time, amazing really. We also missed everyone soooo much.