Celebrate Sharks Every DayJuly 24, 2017
It’s that time of year again! Shark enthusiasts around the world will turn on their televisions, taking part in the annual tradition of watching shows dedicated to their favorite ocean predators, but in Orlando, you can dive beyond your screen. Instead of watching your favorite animals in your living room, you can see, touch, and even swim with REAL sharks at SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove each and every day.
Sharks Underwater Grill
The atmosphere alone is positively breathtaking– both for the amazing animals and the blissful air conditioning that allows me to enjoy lobster bisque in July. Sharks Underwater Grill not only has amazing meals made with sustainable seafood and local Florida beef, but half of the restaurant is a GIANT window looking straight into the SeaWorld shark habitat. Nothing beats the summer heat like eating the dragon sushi roll as a sawfish coasts past your table.
Inspired by the fastest shark in the ocean, Mako - Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster - has just celebrated its one year anniversary. One of the park’s favorite attractions, guests can now soar at top speeds of 73 miles per hour and experience a 200 foot drop over nearly a mile of track.
Shark Swim Program at Discovery Cove – NEW this summer!
For the ultimate shark fan, Discovery Cove now offers a Shark Swim program, giving you the thrill of an in-water encounter with five shark species. You will learn all about these incredible predators through hands-on interaction and an exhilarating guided swim through their habitat. Offered each day, this opportunity is available to guests age 10 and older. Space is limited, advanced reservations are encouraged.
Behind the Scenes Tour
If you’re not quite ready to jump in the water with sharks, give the Behind the Scenes tour a try! In addition to a visit with a Magellanic penguin and an exclusive tour of our Manatee rescue and rehabilitation center, you’ll meet and touch some of the most adorable sharks in our care.
While shark shows are popular this time of year, it is important to remember the biggest threat they continually face in the wild: humans. Research indicates that 100 million sharks are killed as a part of the illegal shark finning trade each year, devastating shark populations and wreaking havoc on ocean ecosystems. SeaWorld has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and other organizations in a legislative initiative to stop this cruel practice.
With so many opportunities to get-up close to these amazing animals, consider turning off the TV this year and experiencing all of the shark adventures SeaWorld has to offer firsthand.