One of the great things about living in Texas is that there are so many things to see and do. From the dessert to the ocean to the plains to the hill country to the piney woods, we’ve got you covered. One of my family’s favorite things to do is visit SeaWorld San Antonio. I was invited to AdventureCon, a blogging conference hosted by SeaWorld, this past weekend. The family and I took a road trip so that I could attend, and we could all enjoy the park.
Going into the trip, I knew we would all four have a great time at the park, but I wasn’t sure how much I would get out of the conference. My worries were for nothing. SeaWorld put on a great conference for all of us Texas bloggers that attended, and I brought home some really great blogging tips, among other things I learned while there. Here is my list of 10 Things I Learned at SeaWorld San Antonio while attending AdventureCon.
1. SeaWorld San Antonio is amazing. Really? I already knew this, but it was nice to be reminded. The folks at SeaWorld know how do to an amusement park. I mean, what’s more entertaining than a fifty billion pound whale doing back flips (my educational information may be off the mark here). The park is clean, easy to navigate, and they have crowd sourcing down to an art form. Add in all of the fantastic shows (seriously, where do they get all of these entertainers? That guy that did that thing off of that high dive? And the girl in the hoop? W-O-W!) and the new Aquatica water park that opened last year and you’ve got yourself a good time.
2. You can teach animals to do all kinds of amazing things. This summer Sea World San Antonio launched a new show, Pets Ahoy, that features all types of rescue animals like dogs, cats, rats, birds, and a pig. It was really fun, and my kids LOVED it. Cady couldn’t wait to get home to teach Lucille, our guinea pig, how to climb a rope and run across the house for treats. According to the trainer that spoke, all you need is love, patience, and positive rewards to train your pets.
3. People of all ages enjoy amusement park rides. Or Sesame Street. Or both. While I was in sessions, David took the kids out into the park to have fun. (Hint: if you get there when they open the lines are WAY shorter than they are later in the day.) The kids were having a great time in the Bay of Play, and apparently some adults were too.
No worries. David assured me this guy was not a creeper. Just a man having fun in the park with his family… and my kids.
4. Coffee shop breakfasts are the best. Okay, technically this wan’t in the park, but still, it was while we are on our trip. If you stay at the Courtyard SeaWorld/Westover Hills (which we recommend, we’ve stayed there twice), right up the road is Jim’s. It is a diner/coffee shop restaurant that serves a super, awesome breakfast and a great cup of coffee. Order the hashbrowns.
5. Ice cream trucks deliver to hotels. In the rain. Who knew?
6. Texas bloggers don’t comment on my accent. Or maybe it is just that they don’t notice it.
7. Dolphins are morning “people.” A Sea World employee told us that the dolphins are more active in the mornings because they like when people are there, and they’ve missed everyone during the night. All together now, awwwwww.
8. David can survive for HOURS in the park with the kids by himself. This may not be valuable information to you, but I’m tucking it away for future reference.
9. There is always something new to learn. As I mentioned earlier, I actually did learn blogging related information at the conference as well. Ashley O’Neill, the editor for Savvy Source, led a session on editing that was fabulous. I asked her to give us tips on the things that she looks for first when editing articles, and she gave me these four things:
- Specificity – Stick to the original idea of your post.
- Perspective – Give your readers your viewpoint.
- Grammar – Self explanatory and oh so important.
- Walk Away – When you get stuck, walk away and do something else.
And last, but definitely not least…
10. Blog friends are the best! Of course this wasn’t so much as a lesson as it was a reminder.
Me and my lovely friend Kristin (the photo is technically hers too).
Have you ever been to SeaWorld San Antonio? If so, what is your favorite part of the park? If not, what do you think would be your favorite?
Disclosure: I did NOT receive any form of compensation to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are most definitely my own.