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Why should you visit SeaWorld San Antonio for your spring break?
First things first! You get to meet Jack Hanna.
JACK HANNA: WILD DAYS/SPRING BREAK
(Select dates March 4-26)
A family favorite, “Wild Days” is a great spring break getaway with action packed activity including new shows this year. Enjoy Texas Wild, a tribute to the native animals of our state, and fun favorites such as the Lumberjack Challenge. Visit with renowned animal expert Jack Hanna, and enjoy rides, attractions and more. Even Aquatica is open!
If you are not familiar with Jack Hanna he was the zookeeper at the Columbus Zoo and now he is famous for doing live animal demonstrations with audience for the purposes of educating the public about animal conservation.
For four weekends in March and the entire week of March 11-19, SeaWorld® San Antonio hosts different celebrity wildlife experts in Wild Days Special shows include SeaWorld Live, and all new this year, Texas Untamed, where you can get an up-close look at the native wildlife of the Lone Star State.
Wild Days shows are free with SeaWorld admission. See full month’s schedule here!
There are a lot of great things to do at SeaWorld San Antonio during Spring Break. When we arrived it was raining bad so they closed the park early but we got a sneak peek at some amazing interactive experiences.
Animal Conservation Center – The Bald Eagle
The Animal Conservation Center is located by the arcade area of SeaWorld San Antonio. In this enclosed exhibit you can meet many different animals as well as the people who take care of them. On our visit we got the entire place to ourselves and go to meet with Star. Star is a juvenile bald eagle. Not fully adult yet we got to see her up close which is a very rare treat. In the Animal Conservation Center they have animal meet and greets throughout the day. For us getting the opportunity to learn about Bald Eagles and what we can do to protect our pets and to help conserve these animals.
The story of Star. Star was found as a baby eagle with her brother. It seems as if either her nest fell or she and her brother fell out of her nest. A raptor center that specializes in assisting these birds to recovery so they can be released into the wild found Star and her brother. They checked the eagles and found that Star’s brother was ok to be released but Star had a fused retina and so this would make it hard for her to survive in the wild. So they brought her to SeaWorld San Antonio to be used to help educate the public. Many of the animals in the conservation center have similar stories like Star. Since Bald Eagles are federally protected there are a lot of rules and regulations with regards to the care for these birds.
The Animal Conservation Center can be a welcome reprieve from the weather outside since it is indoors.
Dine With Shamu
Even though many of the events were rained out they still had the Dine with Shamu experience. Starting at just $36.00 each I thought this was well worth it. We got the opportunity to eat a hot buffet lunch that included ribs, roast chicken, sausage, potatoes, peppers, pasta and salad. Kids also could eat what the adults ate or hot dogs and pasta. The dessert buffet included cookies, cakes and more. Unlimited water and unsweetened Iced tea was at our tables. What I really enjoyed about this experience was how close you were to the killer whales. The trainers would talk to the diners about the whales and you got to know a few of them and see how massive they really are.
Avoid the crowds at lunch time and definitely take advantage of this experience. The food is great and since it is a buffet it is all you can eat. You can also avoid the crowds at the shows by seeing this beautiful animals up close.
Photos of the Buffet Experience
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