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10500 SeaWorld Drive

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

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Beat the Texas heat and take the kids to SeaWorld San Antonio, a massive marine-themed amusement park. Get up close and personal with penguins, dolphins, sharks and sea lions in the walk-through habitats or cool down in the pools and water slides at the adjacent Aquatica water park. When you notice your fingers are beginning to prune, dry off on one of SeaWorld's many rides, such as the Steel Eel "hypercoaster" or the Great White inverted roller coaster. Alternatively, grab a bite to eat at one of the dozen concession stands located throughout the parks.

Past travelers praised the park's mix of rollercoasters and animal exhibits, saying that there certainly no shortage of ways to spend a day here. That said, many recent visitors were disappointed by the San Antonio outpost when comparing it to SeaWorld's other locations, claiming that the park's admission price was too expensive given the number of activities offered.

SeaWorld San Antonio sits approximately 20 miles northwest of the center city – you'll have to drive to get there. The park's hours of operation fluctuate depending on the season, and day passes start at around $60 if purchased online in advance. SeaWorld San Antonio offers numerous discounted and bundled tickets, which include multiple passes and access to Aquatica. For more detailed schedules, exhibit information and more deals, visit SeaWorld San Antonio's website.

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