Aquatica – SeaWorld’s Waterpark – San Antonio, Texas
We visited SeaWorld San Antonio just this past May and when we visited we bought Fun Passes with access to Aquatica. Due to some poor scheduling on our part, we didn’t get to visit Aquatica, so we decided we’d be making another trip back to San Antonio to check out this waterpark. We visited the day after the 4th of July and boy was it busy!
When you visit Aquatica, you first go to SeaWorld and then you go to the gate for Aquatica. I think you have to actually purchase SeaWorld passes just to go to the waterpark, as there’s not a separate entrance. The Fun Pass is really the best value because if there’s any chance that you’re going to come back to SeaWorld within a year, you get in for free after you purchase your passes the first time.
As soon as you walk into SeaWorld, you’ll see the Aquatica park to your left. Just make your way down to the gate. Before you walk down the path to the pools and slides, take a minute to take it all in. Right in front of you is a really cool stingray pool where you can touch and feed the stingrays. There is also a ride that takes you under the tank. You can get a pretty good overview of the park from here.
We came to Aquatica with two 3 year olds, so we were limited in what activities we could partake in. We spent the majority of our time in two of the pools. There’s one with water toys that spray and dump water on you as well as 4 slides. We started here. The area was called Slippity Dippity. Our son had the most fun here. He really loved the slides and they weren’t so slick that they dumped you out into the pool at the end, but rather slowed down so that they could get down at their own pace for the most part. They do have lifejackets you can use if your kids are smaller and need some help. This was my personal favorite area as well.
The second area that we spent most of our time in was Walkabout Waters. This area has a giant multi-level platform water “toy” – for lack of a better term. This place has water dumpers, squirters and a giant bucket that dumps water on the whole thing about every 5 minutes or so. Our boys had a lot of fun over here. There are also teeter-totters that squirt water at the other person as you go up and down.
We also spent a little time the Big Surf Shores. This is a big wave pool that has a timer counting down until the waves are released. They go about every 4 minutes. The boys had fun here, but the other two areas were their favorite.
Other attractions I saw that looked cool was the Loggerhead Lane, a lazy river type attraction. Cutback Cove had some more low key slides, but the water was too deep for the 3 year olds.
If you like waterslides, there’s a ton to choose from and all different intensity levels. The one thing I did notice was that the lines were incredibly long. I really wanted to take the boys down Stingray Falls, but there was no way they were going to wait in a line that long.
There are a couple of gift shops and restaurants in the park so you don’t have to leave the waterpark. There are also lockers if you want to put your stuff in one. There were also plenty of chairs that you could stake out as well and they rotated pretty quickly, so we didn’t have too hard of a time finding one when we decided to relocate.
Overall I think we had a lot of fun. We spent about 4 hours there with the boys and they were exhausted when we were done. If you live in San Antonio, this is a great place to cool off and if you are visiting SeaWorld during the summer, I would make this unique waterpark part of your trip. It was definitely worth it.