Our first trip to Sea World’s Aquatica was wonderful, but it wasn’t easy planning for this theme park visit as there were not very many Aquatica tips available on the internet. The park is fairly new though. Since it is a water park and we had not been to one in a really long time, we had a lot of questions about what to bring. So, now that we have gone, I’ve put together a short summary to help you decide what to bring and what to leave at home, when you go to Aquatica.
One of the most common items people wonder about bringing to a theme park is food. Aquatica dining options include restuarants like the Banana Beach Cookout and the Waterstone Grill. Even, though there are places to eat inside the theme park, you can still bring food into Aquatica. You can carry snacks and coolers into this park. Packing snacks and water can save a family a good deal of money on their Aquatica visit. Keep in mind, though, where you will store your snacks if you bring them. You will have to rent a locker to keep it in while you ride the rides, unless you have someone who will volunteer to stay with your stuff during the day. If you do decide to bring a cooler, the park’s policy says that it has to be 16 quarts or smaller.
As far as what you can put into your cooler, Aquatica’s website has some particulars. The cooler allowance is intended for families with special needs, like those who need to bring baby food or for people with special diets. They also make it clear that snacks are okay for anyone to bring in. The website specifically says no picnic lunches, so it’s best to plan on buying lunch at one of the eateries in the park. No alcohol is allowed to be brought in, so just leave that at home. Just bringing your own snacks and water can save a decent amount of money, so I highly suggest bringing these items with you.
Besides, food, there are other items that are completely optional. Sunscreen, cameras, towels- these things can be useful, but not necessary. We applied sunscreen before we left home and did not need it the rest of the day. Since you spend most of the day getting wet, a camera can be a nuisance, unless you have a waterproof camera. Towels are not needed, because in Florida, one can usually air dry within fifteen to twenty minutes. Sunglasses are also optional, as you will not want to wear them on the rides. All of these items will end up sitting in a locker all day.
All in all, there is really very little that you need to bring to Aquatica. It basically comes down to your swimsuit, outer clothing, flip flops, and snacks. Everything else is optional. We have never had so much fun at a theme park wearing and carrying so little!