- Buy tickets in advance. Tickets bought ahead of time online or at another SeaWorld park allow early entry (and discounts) to Aquatica, which, in turn, increases your chances of hitting all the big-deal flume and tube rides—possibly more than once.
- Be open to animal encounters. The Commerson's dolphins of Dolphin Plunge have scheduled feeding times, and you can see macaws perched on tree limbs and small mammals on display in Conservation Cabanas—usually attended to by knowledgeable educators.
- Pack beach supplies. You'll save a few bucks by having your own towels, lotion, water shoes, and snacks.
- Take care of yourself. Fight fatigue by eating a good breakfast, drinking plenty of water, and nibbling on high-energy snacks. Avoid sunburn by reapplying sunscreen often—even the waterproof stuff washes off.
- Save your soles. Water shoes protect your feet from hot sand and sidewalks and the rough surfaces in some pools.
Aquatica 888/800–5447 www.aquaticabyseaworld.com
Busch Gardens Tampa 888/800–5447 www.buschgardens.com/bgt
Discovery Cove 877/557–7404 www.discoverycove.com
SeaWorld 888/800–5447 www.seaworld.com
Parking. Parking is $17 for a car or motorcycle, $20 for an RV or camper. For $22 you can pull into one of the six Preferred Parking rows closest to the front gate. At Aquatica, cars and motorcycles are charged $12, RVs $16—although if you already have your parking slip from that day at SeaWorld, it’s free. Parking is free at Discovery Cove.