Wish I Could Be Under the Sea at SEA LIFE Orlando

Take a magical journey under the sea and immerse yourself deep into a world of over 5,000 different sea creatures at SEA LIFE Orlando.

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What makes SEA LIFE Orlando different from other aquariums?

With 30 displays, three ocean environments and a variety of interactive elements, including the Rockpool Experience, you will feel closer than ever to the underwater world.

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First up, stare an eel in the eye.

Eel CollageKids and adults can climb in these underwater bubbles that allow you to get up-close and personal with sea life.  These up-close experiences, highly themed areas and calming nautical sounds take you deep into an under water realm.  But I think the main attraction was the 360-degree shark tunnel.  Be careful not to slip or you might fall in the water, just kidding.  But honestly, I got pretty close to one of the tunnel walls and felt like I was going to make a splash.  It’s a crazy illusion.

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If I were to have made a splash, it would have quickly turned to a frantic swim. It’s an incredible experience to see a shark swim just above your head and then turn back the other way and swim beneath your feet, but it’s only incredible if there is a thick glass between you and that shark.  I just wanted to lie down on the glass and watch the fish swim around me for the rest of the evening.

But then I would have missed being photobombed by a ray.  They have a great smile.

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I was able to make it through the entire journey without getting wet, until we reached the Interactive Rockpool.  Here you can touch and feel a variety of undersea creatures like starfish and sea urchins.  The starfish definitely did not feel like what I expected.  I don’t know why, but I kind of expected them to be slimy, no, not at all.  In fact, they kind of felt like rough cement or stone.

starfishThe Dive Log Book is another interactive element of SEA LIFE Orlando.

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Throughout the aquarium you will find informational tid-bits which answer all the questions in your log.  This is a great activity for kids, and adults.

SEA LIFE Orlando opens May 4th, and is located in the same complex as The Orlando Eye and Madame Tussauds.  For more information, visit www.visitsealife.com/orlando

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