This week, my family took a Fall trip to San Antonio to visit Seaworld.  The weather was beautiful and the excitement level was high!  My children always love mini-vacations, and this one was sure to be different than the Seaworld trips we’ve taken before.

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Among the penguins, dolphins and whales, we also checked out Howl-o-Scream.  I have to admit, I was a little skeptical at first, not knowing what to expect “scare” wise. 

Our Seaworld visit started with our favorite characters from Sesame Street!  They got our blood pumping and our feet moving!  Since the crowds were so low (we visited on a Thursday in October), we had extra one-on-one time, which my children loved.

We left Sesame Street to visit our other favorite aspects of the park before it got dark outside.  When we arrived, a kind employee helped me to understand the Howl-o-Scream map, and insured me that I would not encounter monsters or mummies beyond the marked path, after a certain time.  I was A-OK with that and we headed to trick-or-treat!

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My children were handed bags (thankfully, because I didn’t bring them) and were led down a marked path.  Down the path, they met fun characters and collected LOTS of candy!  

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We left the trick-or-treating area to feed the dolphins, which is always my most memorable experience.  I love those dolphins!

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I also love the Shamu show!  I cry every time.  Even if my children convince me to sit in the SPLASH ZONE.  I still cry.  This is an absolutely beautiful show – not to be missed!  (ever)

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As the sun began to set, the Halloween feeling was in full force.  While we could hear the screams, we knew which paths of the park we wanted to take to avoid scares.  It was great to know that even behind the (fun) skeletons, nothing would pop out at us.

seaworld halloween

The first night time show we wanted to see was Monster Stomp.  It’s a great show, with lots of loud and fun music.  The cast dances and plays music while everyone stomps and jumps around.  Sounds like a lot of action?  It is!  Even sitting in the audience, I wanted to get up clap along with Thriller – it sure was a crowd pleaser!

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After the show, we stuck around to interview the performers.  One of the drummers taught my son a quick (and unforgettable) drum lesson while ladies took pictures with my daughter. 

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Before we left the park, we made our way to see Shamu’s Rockin’ Creep Show and Jack is Back.  Jack is a funny character and combined with Shamu, they sure do know how to entertain!   *We ended up sitting closer to one end of the stage, and suddenly, Jack popped up right on the side of my daughter.  (She is 5.)  Thankfully, she wasn’t scared, but it could be something to watch for if you have young children.

 

The day was fun and the shows were fantastic!  We will definitely visit Sea World again in October, for Howl-o-Scream!

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