This marine theme park attracts visitors from around the world. Enjoy dolphins, walruses, sea lion performances; amusement ... More
This marine theme park attracts visitors from around the world. Enjoy dolphins, walruses, sea lion performances; amusement rides and animal displays. You can view the killer whales either above or below water or get an even closer look in the "Friendship Cove." Have a chance to touch and feed a beluga whale. This park is open seasonally, please check their website for more information.
This is not Disney or Universal. Teenage kids who have been to Orlando may be dissappointed.
But this is missing the point.
Our kids are 12 and 10, and for families similar to this, this is a very good day out.
But not great. The downsides are:
The walk between the good rides and the dolphins is about 10 mins. We did it 4 times there and back (8 long walks).
Restaurant(s) are only by the main gate (more walking back).
But the upsides are:
Great for kids to feed the Beluga whales (go early and get ticket at Arctic Cove).
Great Orca show, esp if you want to get wet..
Really great Dolphin and SeaLion show, with v.good warm-up act.
The rides are very good for young kids (by the restaurants), and also for young teens (allover the park).
Very clean. Very pretty.
No queues (August 2006).
Highly recommend, if you want to get out of Clifton for a day...
Marine Land was a place that I'd wanted to go since I was a little kid and saw the walrus on all of the commercials. Unfortunately, I waited until I was into my 20s before going. I think that kids would love the atmosphere. There were a lot of people, the thrill ride that we specifically went for was not open yet, the rides were creaky and I wondered what the safety requirements are compared to US safety requirements. The sea show was great and I am glad I went, but won't go back. It's not 6 Flags or Busch Gardens
What I disliked:
Expensive vs. other comparable venues.
Poor signage, needs more direction- I and twenty other people stood in the wrong line to get tickets to feed the whales for twenty minutes. After ten minutes of ticket sales, forty five minutes in line, tickets are sold out to feed the whales. If that is what you are here for, make sure you arrive at the park early and line up right away.
Little or no shade-this is definately a problem if you have children or babies.
Lots of walking with no in park transit system. Everything is pay as you go-feeding the fish, feeding the bears, feeding the whales, etc, etc, etc.
Majority of rides are a sideline attraction. This is NOT an amusement park.
Felt sorry for the deer as their enclosure looks like a urine and feces covered desert. No vegetation and little shade. Keep any loose objects tied down as the deer will make off with it. One ate half of my park map.
What I did like: After the severe disappointment of not getting to feed the whales, my daughter got to pet a dolphin. Don't expect the same treatment, however, as this was an entirely unplanned event. One of the dolphin trainers after the show invited a couple of young ladies(twenty somethings) to come up and pet the dolphins. The rest of the crowd left in the stands believing this was part of the show, lined up to pet the dophins also (to the chagrin of the trainer). To his credit, he handled the situation well and allowed a very long line up of people to come up and pet the dolphins. Ironically, this was the only experience all day that I didn't have to put my hand in my pocket for.
Animal Feeding-Our three year old thoroughly enjoyed feeding the koi, black bears, and deer.
We visited in mid-August 2005 with our children of 8, 3, & 2. The park is very clean, waits are minimal at the attractions and walkways are spread out to avoid crowding. Bring along walking shoes. Highly recommend
fun to feed and pet the whales, nice mix of rides and animal attractions, only one roller coaster and sky screamer, but both pretty good. Nice to get to feed almost all the animals, and the show wasn't bad either. The show is excellent for little kids, kinda lame opening for adults, but fun overall. And going during the week longest had to wait was 15 mins to feed the killer whales but was worth it.
I love Marineland because not only are you seeing shows but you are learning about the animals themselves. A big attraction, for me, is that you get to pet the whales. No where else in the world can you do that !!!
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