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11 Tips for Visiting SeaWorld Orlando in the Rain

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Orlando overflows with fun attractions for families like SeaWorld. This Floridian city also sometimes overflows with rain, especially during hot and humid summer months. Don't let a little rain ruin your plans. Follow these 10 tips for making the most of SeaWorld Orlando in the rain!

SeaWorld Orlando in the rain is still lots of fun for all ages

SeaWorld Orlando in the rain is still lots of fun for all ages (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

1. Check the weather forecast.

Florida weather can be a bit unpredictable, with scorching temperatures one day and cold rain the next. Be sure to check the forecast before getting to Orlando so you know what to pack. June is typically the wettest month (which is when I happened to visit), followed by July, August and September. Then, check the weather again before setting off to explore each day. You can search Weather.com for daily forecasts, a 10-day forecast, and monthly weather planners.

Indoor exhibits, like Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, provide a reprieve at SeaWorld Orlando in the rain

Enjoy Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and other indoor exhibits at SeaWorld Orlando in the rain (Photo credit: SeaWorld Orlando)

2. Invest in a poncho.

If you have a poncho, pack it. If you don't, purchase one inside the theme park. You may look goofy, but so will everyone else. I found the blue SeaWorld ponchos to be sturdier and less likely to tear than those available at Disney World.

3. Watch an animal show.

Shows starring flipping dolphins and barking sea lions are a big part of any visit to SeaWorld Orlando. Even when it rains, the show must go on, with animals and their trainers continuing to perform. After all, sea animals certainly don't mind getting wet! If there is lightning or thunder, however, shows will be cancelled until the skies are safer. Most shows offer some sheltered seating for viewers, too.

Unless there's lightning or thunder, the show will go on at SeaWorld Orlando, even in the rain

Unless there's lightning or thunder, the show will go on at SeaWorld Orlando, even in the rain (Photo credit: SeaWorld Orlando)

4. Cover your stroller.

If visiting SeaWorld Orlando with a baby, toddler or preschooler, I suggest purchasing a stroller rain cover before your trip to Orlando. If you forget, you might want to buy an additional poncho to drape over your stroller. Of course, make sure it is vented so your child can breathe! Also, make sure to park your stroller under covered protection in case a rogue rainstorm sets in while you are aboard a ride or at a show.

5. Wear a hat.

Even with your poncho in place, you may want a little extra protection from the elements when visiting SeaWorld Orlando in the rain. I wish I had worn a rain hat with my poncho so my hair didn't end up looking like a tangled mess of stringy spaghetti. But hey, maybe you like that look?

6. Go under cover at SeaWorld Orlando in the rain.

As a former SeaWorld San Diego annual passholder, I was a bit surprised to find much fewer aquariums at SeaWorld Orlando. Still, there are plenty of protected areas where you can spy on sea life out of the rain. Examples include: the Jewel of the Sea Aquarium, underwater dolphin-viewing area at Dolphin Cove, Stingray Lagoon, Shark Encounter, and the Turtle Trek theatre. Most of the eateries at SeaWorld San Diego offer some form of protection from the elements, whether at indoor seating or under a covered patio area.

Escape the rain at SeaWorld Orlando by watching the Turtle Trek 3-D movie

Escape the rain at SeaWorld Orlando by watching the Turtle Trek 3-D movie (Photo credit: SeaWorld Orlando)

7. Bring extra socks.

Boy, do I wish I had thought to bring extra socks when we went to SeaWorld on that rainy, rainy day! Our shoes were squishy pools of water by the time we left. To be safe, throw an extra pair for each family member into your day bag.

My very wet feet standing on top of an in-floor fish tank at the Jewel of the Sea Aquarium at SeaWorld Orlando in the rain

My very wet feet standing on top of an in-floor fish tank at the Jewel of the Sea Aquarium (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

8. Buy umbrellas for all family members.

Wouldn't it be nice if everyone could just huddle together like a happy family under one big umbrella? Umm…yeah…that's not practical. Plus, the kids will be whining and fighting over who gets to hold the umbrella. Buy a compact umbrella for each family member instead. I suggest bringing umbrellas all in the same bright color so you can easily identify your brood amongst umbrella-toting tourists. (Maybe I'll do that before our next trip!)

If traveling with a stroller, consider buying a stroller umbrella, too. It's hard enough to navigate a theme park with a stroller and kids in the rain without trying to hold an umbrella at the same time!

9. Dress in layers.

My family visited SeaWorld Orlando in the rain during the summer. Although we got soaked, the temperature was pleasant so it didn't matter much. If visiting in the fall or winter and rain is expected, however, dress in layers. Then you can take off and put on extra clothing as needed for warmth.

Embrace the rain at SeaWorld Orlando!

Embrace the rain at SeaWorld Orlando! (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

10. Embrace the rain.

Usually I avoid water rides and the first few “soak zone” rows at amusement parks because I don't like the wet socks, messy hair and clinging clothing they produce. When it's raining, though, you're going to get wet anyway. Why not embrace the rain? Jump in puddles! Sit in the front row! Get splashed on the Journey to Atlantis thrill ride! Most of all, have fun!

11. Save money on SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld Orlando is fun and educational for all ages, no matter the weather. It's even better, though, when you can save money on your SeaWorld Orlando visit! Undercover Tourist provides all sorts of savings, from discounted single day passes to even deeper discounts on multi-day and multi-park packages.

For complimentary transportation to the park, front-of-the-line access, and discounts on retail purchases and dining — I recommend staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Orlando, an official partner of SeaWorld. Read my full review now.

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Have you ever visited SeaWorld Orlando in the rain or another theme park during inclement weather? Let us know your questions and tips in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: Thank you to Hilton Garden Inn and SeaWorld Orlando for hosting my family.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. I was surprised to see the large attendance on a Friday, in the rain. Everyone was having a great time.

  2. I am concerned the weather report is calling for thunderstorms right now it is a week out so I will check before we leave we have not purchased tickets yet but if we do and everything is cancelled I have wasted a lot of money

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Cheryl – No need to call off the vacation due to a little rain. We had plenty of fun despite the wet weather!

  3. I don’t do well in the rain, but it definitely doesn’t have to ruin the day. I ALWAYS travel with ponchos and umbrellas, so at least we would be relatively dry.

  4. Awesome tips. Ponchos and umbrellas are key. There’s no way I’m going to let rain ruin a fun trip.

  5. That penguin exhibit is too cool-literally!! I would love to visit SeaWorld at some point in my life! Looks so fun!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      LOL! That’s a good way to put it! SeaWorld is such a fabulous place to learn about and see ocean life!

  6. I went to SeaWorld once when I was a teen. I never thought about if it rained on my next visit so this is good information.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Kiwi – When we visited on a rainy day, I kept wishing I could find information about what to do at SeaWorld when it rained. Since I couldn’t find the information, I started taking notes so I could help future visitors. I hope you will have clear skies the next time you visit SeaWorld, but in case it rains…now you know what to do! 🙂

  7. Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    Really awesome tips! It’s great to enjoy the rain once in a while, especially in an amazing place like the SeaWorld!!

  8. I know it’s probably one of the more simple tips but yes, yes, and yes to bringing socks! Oh my goodness – nothing is more bothersome than wet socks/footwear on a trip! I should start doing this when I go to amusement parks.

  9. Shannon Gurnee - Redhead Mom says:

    Even though it was raining, it looks like you and your family had a blast. Thank goodness for ponchos right?? LOL

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