To celebrate SeaWorld's 50th anniversary, SeaWorld San Antonio is unveiling what they're calling a "Sea of Surprises." Here's what's in store: * Surprises throughout the day: Visitors will encounter new interactive pathway experiences, more up-close animal encounters, and the Surprise Squad, which treats guests to prizes and special experiences * New seasonal shows: including the nighttime Shamu show, Shamu's Celebration: Light Up the Night, as well as an anniversary-themed ski show
The Austin Aquarium packs an array of aquatic wonders with its 24,000 square feet; its exhibits encompass marine habitats from around the world, housing more than 3,000 species from Oregon to Indonesia in its aquariums and aviaries. Among the activities, visitors can feel the skin of rays or tempt birds or younger siblings with handfuls of nectar. The aquarium also hosts behind-the-scenes tours and sleepovers in which kids can get a glimpse into the ocean at night, when even the mightiest sharks cower in fear from plankton's elongated shadows.
Run by Texas State University, The Meadows Center introduces visitors to the lush diversity of the San Marcos Springs and intricate system of waterways. Glass-bottomed boats set out for guided tours of Spring Lake, gazing at the aquatic life and University midterm papers below. Above the springs that bubble up from the bottom, soft shell turtles and bluegill sunfish swim in the clear waters and songbirds survey the sky. Eight endangered species populate the springs, including beetles and two species of salamander. On land, visitors can explore gardens of native Texan plants or a hall of nature exhibit.
The soon to open San Antonio Aquarium, a sister establishment to the facility in Austin, collects thousands of animals hailing from the shores of Oregon to the Indonesian Islands. Small sharks and rays glide through the shallow water of interactive petting tanks, where visitors can touch their surprisingly soft skin. Lorikeets, toucans, and macaws soar above exhibits filled with exotic amphibians and reptiles in the rain forest area. One exhibit even contains a giant pacific octopus, known to be one of the most intelligent animals in the wild for its ability to solve puzzles and look really studious in glasses. On certain days, mermaids put on a show for visitors, interacting with the aquarium's residents in their tanks.
The entire facility is designed to appeal to children and families as a whole. The owners take a particular interest in giving children joy, especially foster children. They themselves hosted 31 foster children in their time, and now provide them with a thrilling??and free??experience at their aquarium.