A pair of penguins, a Brazilian three-banded armadillo and an American alligator from SeaWorld San Antonio recently got quite a bit of attention during a good-will tour of Oklahoma City, including at The Oklahoman and NewsOK.
But in bringing these animal ambassadors to the city, their handlers really wanted to encourage people to visit the Texas city this spring break and into summer.
Visitors can plan their spring trip with the SAVE (San Antonio Vacation Experience) program by going online to http://save.visitsanantonio.com or downloading the mobile app. Through the program, visitors can receive discounts as well.
Here are some highlights:
Seaworld San Antonio and related experiences
Aquatica, SeaWorld San Antonio's new water park, in its second year, officially opened this weekend but has its grand opening scheduled for May 19. Like its sister park in Orlando, Fla., the water park is designed as a beachside resort in the South Seas, a news release notes. But it also includes undersea adventures, such as the chance to feed and wade with stingrays and float in a four-seat raft through an underwater grotto, and opportunities to view macaws, roseate spoonbills and colorful fish.
SeaWorld San Antonio celebrates its 25th operating season with bigger and better shows and animal interactions. It has opened for the season. On Saturdays through June 1, SeaWorld guests can enjoy extended hours for “Spring Into Night,” featuring nighttime shows that include “Shamu Rocks!”, “Sea Lions Tonite,” “Elmo Rocks” and “Sesame Street Bay of Play Block Party.” On weekends in April, the “Just for Kids” series includes live children's shows from nationally recognized entertainers like Caillou and Imagination Movers.
A new show at SeaWorld opening June 13 called “Pets Ahoy!” is a comedy featuring the talents of dogs, cats, birds, rats, pigs and other animals, and almost all of them have been rescued from animal shelters.
SeaWorld and Aquatica offer various admission rates for children and adults, depending on whether you want to visit one or both parks and how often. Single-day admission starts around $50 for children and $60 for adults but go up to $135 for annual passes to both parks, with various prices in between depending on your visit. For more information, go online to AquaticaSanAntonio.com or seaworldparks.com/seaworld-sanantonio. Passes do not include tax.
At Six Flags Fiesta Texas, visitors can enjoy more than 50 rides and attractions for all ages, including its new hybrid coaster known as the Iron Rattler, which combines a wooden support structure with modern track and rails. It has a 171-foot drop and 81-degree drop angle, and riders go up to 70 mph.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort offers water-park rides on rapids, waterfalls and waves, including a 3,600-foot white-water river.
Natural Bridge Caverns has underground chambers filled with rock formations. Families can also enjoy additional adventure with the Canopy Challenge and Zip lines.
Visitors to San Antonio can also walk along the Riverwalk, stop by the San Antonio Zoo, tour The Alamo and explore a number of museums. For more information, visit www.visitsanantonio.com.