We moved this summer and things have been, well, crazy! I have taken quite a long blogging hiatus, but it’s nice to be back. We recently returned from a vacation to California to go to Disneyland (shocking, I know!) and Sea World. Our 11 year old daughter adores dolphins and has saved for a long time to pay for her own way to swim with the dolphins at Sea World via their Dolphin Interaction Program. It was a really awesome experience for the whole family and I would love to share my thoughts and my review of the experience for you. Here are some of my pros and cons:
- Actually get to ride, feed, and prompt a dolphin to do tricks
- You get in the water with the dolphins (waist deep: they provide a wetsuit)
- The trainers are really great with kids
- The staff is very friendly and instructive
- It lasted about 45 minutes
- They give you a complimentary towel (which is great, because we forgot ours)
- You can photograph or video the whole experience (see my con below)
- For some reason, I was mistakingly under the impression that this was a 1:1 experience with the dolphin. It’s a group experience and there is 1 dolphin to every 6 or so people.
- Cost ($215+)
- The biggest con to me, was there wasn’t a good spot for the parents to stand and take pictures. Every place they had was either far away or at a weird angle. I would have been 100% happy with the experience if I could have seen her better. Instead I had to pay $35 for a picture of her afterwards because I couldn’t get good shots.
Overall, the experience was wonderful and I would do it again. Here’s a video of Kaylee’s experience:
Please comment if you have questions!
OMG! Kaylee? It’s me Hope!You probably don’t remember me, but I used to go to Noah Webster with you! We where in the same class together, It’s so cool to see you on Youtube!
Kaylee totally remembers you!!! How are you?
Hi Rachel! I love your blog and your kids are so talented! I would love to chat with you about the potential of having them on a kids cupcake baking show. Feel free to reach out at any time. firstname.lastname@example.org