Sprawled across 250 acres northwest of the city, this Texas-sized marine-themed amusement park (the world's largest such park) delights animal lovers with its whales, dolphins, sharks, seals, and sea lions, as well as thrilling rides—including the Great White, Texas's first inverted steel coaster; and the Steel Eel, a "hypercoaster" reaching speeds of 65 mph. Sea World's newest coaster, Journey to Atlantis, has a water component and spins you backward. Amid acres of
manicured gardens, the huge park also offers marine shows, trick waterskiing performances, and a water park with swimming pools and waterslides—a guaranteed hit with water-lovin' kids on a hot spring or summer day. Shamu, of course, is the most beloved animal in the park. His performance tank/arena has lots of water—5 million gallons of it, in fact (except when it's being splashed all over audience members who dare to sit too close).