An Exciting Dive into Discovery Point at Sea World San Antonio
One of the highlights of my recent travels has to be my visit to Discovery Point at Sea World San Antonio. Just last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the VIP Party for the grand opening of this new area. Ever since I heard about it last year, I could barely contain my excitement to see it for myself.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter, you likely saw my posts sharing the anticipation and my plans to introduce you to Discovery Point. This was during my visit to the Seven Seas Food & Wine Fest about two weeks ago.
An Evening at Discovery Point
As the day drew closer, my anticipation grew. I eagerly followed the updates from my WildSide blog friends who had the privilege of swimming with dolphins, beluga whales, and seals during the day’s events. The excitement was palpable as we arrived just before the gates opened for the after hours VIP Party.
Stepping into Discovery Point, we were instantly transported into a tropical paradise filled with palm trees, tiki huts, and a lively rhythm of music. The atmosphere was electrifying and the site visually stunning.
Discovering SeaWorld San Antonio’s Discovery Point
One of the main attractions at Discovery Point is the new dolphin habitat, which is double the size of the previous one. This space provides guests with two unique ways to interact with bottlenose dolphins.
The Dolphin Lagoon
The Dolphin Lagoon is a special area where guests can watch dolphins frolic from both above and below the water surface. This feature offers a close-up view of these playful creatures in their natural setting, providing a rare glimpse into their intriguing world.
Signature Dolphin Swim
Another unique offering at Discovery Point is the Signature Dolphin Swim – the only place in Texas where you can swim with dolphins! This interactive experience begins with a brief classroom presentation. After changing into SeaWorld-provided wetsuits, guests wade into Dolphin Lagoon to swim with the dolphins under the guidance of SeaWorld’s expert trainers. Prices range from $125 to $155 per person, depending on the day you book.
More Exciting Experiences at Discovery Point
Right now, the exhibit is home to six male dolphins who seem to share the visitors’ enthusiasm. Watching the trainers interact with them and answer guests’ questions was an enlightening experience. This was followed by a visit to the underwater viewing area, which was equally captivating.
Following this, we took a break to enjoy some refreshments and live music right next to the exhibit we were headed to next. This was Explorer’s Reef, home to several species of sharks, exotic fish, and a living coral reef. Watching these creatures in their natural habitat was mesmerizing and a stark reminder of the diverse life beneath the ocean’s surface.
A Fun Ending to a Memorable Visit
As we prepared to leave the festivities, I spotted a king snake that I had interacted with two weeks before. Noticing that my sister-in-law was terrified of snakes, I dared her to touch it, adding a fun twist to our visit.
I am truly excited about this new exhibit and can’t wait to bring my boys to see it. I’ve always wanted to swim with dolphins, and now I don’t have to leave Texas to fulfill this dream.
As a member of the media, I was invited to attend the VIP Party at Sea World in hopes that I would share with my readers. I received no compensation for this post.
| Event | Details |
| — | — |
| VIP Party for the opening of Discovery Point | Sea World San Antonio |
| Announcement made | Seven Seas Food & Wine Fest |
| Arrival | Just before the gates opened for the after hours VIP Party |
| Atmosphere | Tropical paradise with palm trees, tiki huts and music |
| Discovery Point | Doubled the size of the previous dolphin habitat |
| Interaction with Dolphins | Two ways – Dolphin Lagoon and Signature Dolphin Swim |
| Dolphin Lagoon | Allows guests to watch dolphins play from both above and below the surface |
| Signature Dolphin Swim | Only place to swim with dolphins in Texas. Prices range from $125 to $155 per person |
| Current Dolphins | 6 male dolphins |
| Explorer’s Reef | Home to several species of sharks, many of which are endangered, along with exotic fish and a living coral reef |
| Special Mention | King snake that the author petted two weeks before |
| Future Plans | Author plans to take the boys to see the exhibit and swim with the dolphins |
The Unveiling of Discovery Point
The grand opening of Discovery Point at Sea World San Antonio was a much-anticipated event. The VIP party was a celebration not just of a new exhibit, but of a whole new experience for Sea World guests. The excitement and anticipation were contagious, evident in the faces of the attendees and the energy in the air.
First Impressions of Discovery Point
Walking into Discovery Point is like stepping into a different world. The tropical atmosphere, with its palm trees and tiki huts, transports you to a place of wonder and exploration. The sound of the music, the sight of the stunning visual displays, and the overall ambiance create an electrifying experience that’s hard to forget.
The Dolphin Habitat
The new dolphin habitat at Discovery Point is a sight to behold. It is twice the size of the previous one, providing ample space for the dolphins to move about freely. The habitat has been designed to give guests an immersive experience, allowing them to engage with these intelligent creatures in two distinct ways.
The Dolphin Lagoon at Discovery Point is a unique viewing area where guests can watch dolphins from both above and below the water surface. This gives visitors an up-close and personal view of the dolphins, offering an insight into their playful and intriguing world.
Signature Dolphin Swim
What sets Discovery Point apart is the chance to swim with dolphins. The Signature Dolphin Swim is an interactive experience that starts with a brief classroom session. After donning SeaWorld-provided wetsuits, guests are guided into the Dolphin Lagoon to swim with the dolphins under the supervision of SeaWorld’s trainers.
More to Explore at Discovery Point
Discovery Point is not just about dolphins. It’s also home to six male dolphins who seem to be as excited as the visitors. The exhibit offers an opportunity to watch the trainers interact with these creatures, answer guests’ queries, and provide a deeper understanding of these magnificent creatures.
Another fascinating part of Discovery Point is the Explorer’s Reef. This exhibit houses various species of sharks, exotic fish, and a living coral reef. It’s a mesmerizing sight that showcases the diverse life that exists beneath the ocean surface.
A Memorable Visit to Discovery Point
The visit to Discovery Point at Sea World San Antonio is not just about seeing marine life in a new light. It’s about experiencing moments of unexpected joy, like daring a family member to touch a king snake. It’s about the anticipation of fulfilling a lifelong dream of swimming with dolphins without having to leave Texas. And it’s about leaving with memories that will last a lifetime.
FAQs about Discovery Point
Here are some frequently asked questions about Discovery Point:
What is the cost of the Signature Dolphin Swim?
The cost ranges from $125 to $155 per person, depending on the day you book.
What other animals can be seen at Discovery Point?
Apart from dolphins, you can also see beluga whales, seals, various species of sharks, and exotic fish.
Do I need to bring my own wetsuit for the Dolphin Swim?
No, SeaWorld provides wetsuits for guests participating in the Dolphin Swim.
Can I interact with the dolphins?
Yes, Discovery Point offers a unique opportunity to interact with dolphins, both in the Dolphin Lagoon and during the Signature Dolphin Swim.
For more information, visit the SeaWorld Discovery Point website.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Discovery Point at Sea World San Antonio?
Discovery Point is a new area at Sea World San Antonio, featuring a tropical paradise with palm trees, tiki huts, and a lively rhythm of music. It is home to a new dolphin habitat, the Dolphin Lagoon, and offers the Signature Dolphin Swim experience.
What is the Dolphin Lagoon?
The Dolphin Lagoon is a special area within Discovery Point where guests can watch dolphins from both above and below the water surface. It provides a close-up view of these playful creatures in a natural setting.
What is the Signature Dolphin Swim?
The Signature Dolphin Swim is a unique interactive experience where guests can swim with dolphins under the guidance of SeaWorld’s expert trainers. This is the only place in Texas where you can swim with dolphins. Prices range from $125 to $155 per person, depending on the day you book.
Are there other attractions at Discovery Point?
Yes, Discovery Point also hosts Explorer’s Reef, home to several species of sharks, exotic fish, and a living coral reef. It also offers live music and refreshments.
How much does it cost to visit Discovery Point?
The cost to visit Discovery Point varies depending on the experiences you choose. The Signature Dolphin Swim ranges from $125 to $155 per person. It is recommended to check the official website for the most current pricing.
Can I interact with other animals at Discovery Point?
Yes, in addition to dolphins, Discovery Point is home to beluga whales, seals, and various species of fish and sharks. There’s also an opportunity to interact with a king snake.
Is Discovery Point suitable for children?
Yes, Discovery Point offers a variety of experiences that are suitable for children and adults alike. However, children must be at least 6 years old and at least 48 inches tall to participate in the Signature Dolphin Swim.
What are the operating hours for Discovery Point?
The operating hours for Discovery Point vary throughout the year. It is recommended to check the official SeaWorld San Antonio website for the most up-to-date information.