My picture threads consist of images I have taken that focus on the architecture, landscape architecture, planning, design, and theming of the facilities highlighted. They may also contain short descriptions and commentary, but will not focus on construction progress or special events or memorabilia or food selections or my traveling companions. Hopefully these threads are a good introduction for those who have not seen these places yet. All killer, no filler!
Sea World San Antonio photographed in April 2010:
This marine park is a hybrid of aquatic zoo and aquarium with some rides and non-marine life shows. Its attractions are set around a central lake and surrounded by native Texas plantings.
Sharks/The Coral Reef:
This nice aquarium complex features a large coral reef tank and a large sharks tank as well as 10 smaller tanks.
This indoor exhibit has a massive Antarctic penguin habitat in a chilly environment behind glass as well as a similar smaller one for their Arctic counterparts, puffins and murres.
An indoor complex of 13 small terrariums mostly features reptiles and amphibians.
American alligators and some turtles occupy a swampy pond on the edge of the park's central lake.
Flamingo and Waterfowl Exhibit:
Rocky Point Preserve:
A large habitat for California sea lions and harbor seals is the main attraction here, and they can be fed fish for a fee. Two small adjoining habitats for Asian small-clawed otters lead to a final habitat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals which are not regularly displayed anywhere else.
Sea Lion Theater:
In front of Rocky Point Preserve is this stadium with a stage set themed to the Monterey, California wharf that has a show called 'Cannery Row Caper'.
This tank contains Atlantic bottlenose dolphins which can be petted, and fed fish for a fee.
'Azul' is the new show in this stadium and features Pacific white-sided dolphins and belugas as well as swimmers, divers, and acrobats.
Orcas are the stars of the show 'Believe' shown here; there are 6 of them here, including a baby born earlier this year.
Shamu's Happy Harbor:
A children's play area with one ride: a kiddie caoster called Shamu Express.
The Great White:
A suspended rollercoaster.
An extensive, but rather short for this type, hypercoaster.
Journey To Atlantis:
This boat flume ride is very different from the rides with the same name at both Sea World San Diego and Orlando, which are also different from one another. This one is by far the weakest and minimally themed.
A long flume ride with two different drops.
This rapids raft ride follows a course through a native landscape of oaks but was closed and drained when I visited.