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Fun Thrill Rides And Attractions At SeaWorld

My family and I had a great time at Sea World.  Since it’s been five years, some of the attractions were gone and Sea World put new ones.  Parking areas are huge but it’s very difficult to find a spot close to the theme park gates. (Tip: As soon as you enter the parking area at Sea World, pick a parking spot immediately.  Do not drive around for a long time. Chances are you will wind up at the very end of the parking area.)

You can actually purchase tickets for Sea World online and in discounted prices, too.  It is very helpful to buy tickets online than at the gates because you will be in a super long lines.  My husband is stubborn sometimes.  I planned to buy tickets the night before so we can get them cheaper but he insisted to buy the tickets at the theme park.  So when we got there at around 1:00 P.M., the line was very long already.  Good thing it was not too sunny that Saturday.  The weather was just perfect for our Sea World adventure.

Huge splash from Journey to Atlantis ride.

Huge splash from Journey to Atlantis ride.

We enjoyed the thrill rides, attractions, and shows at Sea World.  Few of DD’s favorites were the Journey to Atlantis and the Shamu Kids Rollercoaster.  She loved the Shamu Show and the Sea Lion High Show.  Shows are in timely manner so you have to decide which ones you want to watch next.

My dear husband and I were at Sea World five years ago and we tried riding the Steel Eel and the Great White.  I told my DH I don’t want to ride the Steel Eel again.  He didn’t want to either.  I thought I was going to pass out after the ride.  I lost my voice up there.  I ran out of screams. 😀

My daughter enjoyed the Shamu Roller Coaster.  She wanted to go again and again. We rode a couple of times and that was it.  We wanted to try the Journey To Atlantis.  It was the very first time my DD tried a thrill ride like that high.  When she was told that she met the height requirements to ride, she remarked “Yes!”.  I think I screamed the loudest up there.

Shamu  Show at Sea World San Antonio

Shamu Show at Sea World San Antonio

 

Summer Vacation In San Antonio

Strolling by the Riverwalk San Antonio

Strolling by the Riverwalk San Antonio

After the frustrating drive on Toll Road 130 from Austin to Seguin, we arrived in San Antonio safe and sound.  Got us checked in the hotel though we still waited for a room to be available (please note that the check in time was after 3:00 P.M. and we arrived at 4:50 P.M.).  Hotels get very busy in summertime.  So I understand why they’re behind with housekeeping and stuff sometimes.  They gave us free upgrade to an Executive Suite.

The room upgrade was nice.  The living area is separated by a glass door from the bedroom in the Executive Suite.  In short, more space in the room.  Two televisions are working great.  The only thing I didn’t like is that, the room doesn’t smell good. It has an old carpet smell.  I had to spray a perfume around.  I made a review on the hotel’s site so I hope they will do something about it.

We were so tired from the travel so we relaxed for a while in the room and talked about what we’ll gonna do and where we want to eat for dinner.  We agreed to go to Guadalajara Grill.  My dear husband and I were here five years ago and  we’re back again.  They’re food’s really good. When you visit San Antonio, dine in at Guadalajara Grill.  I highly recommend their Molcajete.  It’s delicious!

Guadalajara Grill in Downtown San Antonio, Texas

Guadalajara Grill in Downtown San Antonio, Texas

After dinner, we strolled on the Riverwalk for a while. It was nice to be back in San Antonio. I liked it there.  It feels like home to me – Downtown that is.  The next was a busy day because we went to Sea World.

 

Be Aware Of Exits Off Toll Roads

The weather was great and we were on our summer vacation in San Antonio three weeks ago.  My husband and I went here five years ago.  This time we had our darling daughter with us and we took her to Sea World.

On our way to San Antonio, we stopped by at a Czech Bakery in West, Texas.  We bought some pastries, particularly Kolache, for snacks.  As you know, Kolache are famous Czech pastry.  They’re delicious.

As we went on driving after the quick shopping in West, my husband and I agreed we will not go through Austin to get away from the rush hour traffic.  So we decided to try taking the Toll Road 130.  It’s a very nice toll road.  If I remembered it right, there’s a section on the toll road posted speed limit 85 mph.  Oh my goodness.  That’s very high.  I stayed on the speed of 75 mph because my car has a small engine.  It’s working very hard on that speed.  On toll road 130, my husband was wondering if we had already passed Austin.  The gas was getting low.  He didn’t want to look at my phone for a map.  He didn’t want to look at the map in my car either.  He kept saying we will be able find an exit very soon.  But we didn’t.  He was furious because we got trapped and charged big on toll fees.  I was nervous because the gasoline indicator is close to Empty.  What a frustrating experience.

We had no choice but to wait until we got to Seguin where the toll road ends.  We stopped by at a gas station and filled up my car’s tank.  We’re all quiet in the car.  San Antonio is about 30 minutes away from Seguin (depending on traffic).  I am just happy that we got there around 4:00 P.M.

No driving on toll road on our way home.

Complimentary Room Upgrade

The living area.

The living area.

And we are now in San Antonio, Texas.  My darling daughter is very excited that we are staying at La Quinta Inns & Suites.  I don’t know but she likes staying at La Quinta.  Anyway, after six hours long drive we arrived San Antonio safe and sound.  Although we had a disappointing experience along the way, still I am very much thankful for the safety.

The check-in time at the hotel was after 3:00 P.M. and we were still on the road.  So we called and told the hotel font desk staff that we will be late checking in.  We arrived at around 4:00 P.M. and headed directly to the front desk/check-in counter.  I thought the check-in would be fast and we expected to have our room ready since it was already way passed the check-in time.  But the room I reserved was not ready yet.  They were so behind with stuff.  The lobby was packed with guests waiting to check-in.  The front desk staff who’s helping my husband was very helpful though.  Within 10 minutes she got us checked-in.  Unexpectedly, they gave us a complimentary upgrade to King Executive Suite.  Paying the standard room rate…awesome.  The only thing I didn’t like is that we had to pay parking fee per day.  The staff said it’s a City Ordinance.  Oh well.

But I love our room.  🙂