Swim with the Dolphins at Sea World – My Review

Kaylee Dolphin Interactive PhotoWe 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:

PROS:

  • 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)

CONS:

  • 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!

 

3 comments

    • Hopey G on February 16, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    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!

      • Rachel on February 17, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Kaylee totally remembers you!!! How are you?

    • Kevin Oberding on December 16, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    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. kevin@superdelicious.net

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