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SeaWorld Orlando’s Turtle Trek With Teens


We live in Florida, I have a daughter who is very involved in protecting marine life and conservation education, and we’re members at SeaWorld Orlando. So needless to say, we were all excited to explore the popular Turtle Trek exhibit. (Learn more about other Kelly’s other favorite Florida aquariums.)

What Is Turtle Trek at SeaWorld?

The Turtle Trek Show

it’s billed it as the first 3-D, domed, 360-degree attraction in the world. Even with that hype it managed to surpass my expectations. It’s unlike any exhibit I’ve ever seen. You can’t take photos inside, but this video gives you some idea of what to expect. My hard-to-impress teens thought it was fantastic.

SeaWorld likes to say that part of its mission is giving its visitors a deeper connection with the outdoors, particularly sea life. Despite some people’s criticisms, our experience is that SeaWorld often does a good job of mixing conservation and education with fun. This attraction is a good example of that effort.

SeaWorld turtle eatingTurtle Trek at SeaWorld Orlando aims to show us what the journey to the sea is like for turtle hatchlings, and how we can become “everyday heroes” by doing even the smallest things to make that journey easier.

The presentation follows the green sea turtle Nyah on her journey from hatching on the beach to becoming an adult who returns to the beach to lay her own eggs. Watching Turtle Trek is like being in the ocean with the turtles and other marine life, without getting wet!

The sounds and effects might be a little intense for younger children who are sensitive to those things, but it’s not scary. Tweens and teens will get the most out of it and like the empowering what-can-you-do message. Younger children will like seeing the turtles and some of the effects, even if they don’t get quite as much out of it.

Note: Even thought it’s been around for a few years now, it’s still a popular exhibit. The $20 Quick Cue Unlimited pass (on top of your ticket) will earn you front-of-line access to this exhibit and six other popular attractions and rides, including the Penguin experience and their hottest new thrill rides.

The Turtle Trek Lessons

By educating the public about the problems facing sea turtles, SeaWorld hopes to increase the number of sea turtles that survive to adulthood. Isn’t it amazing that an adult will return to the same beach where she was hatched to lay her eggs? They face a host of dangers to do it, though. Learning how we can help really does make a difference.

One of the most important things we can do is to remember to keep the porch lights turned off at night when we’re living near the beach. It seems the turtles follow the natural light off the ocean’s horizon, and if they see a light in the other direction, they will follow it, instead. Getting off track means getting eaten by a bird, raccoon, or other predator, or getting lost and overheating.

And of course it’s important to stay off of the beaches where they nest during nesting season and to leave the eggs alone if you come across them.

sea world turtleI’ve been fortunate enough to see a turtle release, and these little guys are so vulnerable! In fact, when the team releasing the turtles sees some struggling, they will hold on to them for a few days to give them a chance to gain strength for the journey. The release I watched was a second attempt.

The Rest of SeaWorld Orlando

Before or after Turtle Trek, there is a lot more to see!

You’ll walk through an aquarium where you will come face to face with sea turtles like this one. You’ll also see all kinds of fish. You’ll even see manatees! There’s also the rest of SeaWorld’s rides and attractions, which offer a range of thrills, shows and other animal encounters.

We’re not big on roller-coaster-style thrills, even my teens. But we like SeaWorld because it offers the thrill of seeing wildlife in a new light (but not a porch light).  In that way, Turtle Trek is an awesome experience. We can’t wait to go back, probably very soon!

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SeaWorld's Turtle Trek Experience aims to thrill visitors while also teaching them about the life cycle and environmental needs of these amazing sea creatures. Will your teen like it? Read our review. @seaworld #teens @turtletrek

Kelly Stilwell is a freelance writer and blogger who loves living in Florida with her husband and two teenagers. Visit her website, Virtually Yours. Or follow her on Twitter.


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20 Comments

  1. Stacy
    September 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm — Reply

    I haven’t been yet, but sea turtles are my favorite animal. I even have one tattooed on my leg!

  2. Sonja
    September 28, 2012 at 1:53 am — Reply

    Kids today learn so much more about conservation than we did as kids. I think it’s awesome. And SeaWorld and many zoos have taken such a role in this education, it’s fantastic.

  3. Jessica
    September 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm — Reply

    What a great experience! Manatees and turtles are my favorite sea creatures!

  4. Kerrie @ Family Food Travel
    September 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm — Reply

    I love turtles, and this exhibit looks amazing! Would love to go and visit it someday.

    Thank you for coming to link up to Travel Tuesday!

    Kerrie
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  5. amber whitehead
    September 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm — Reply

    Turtle trek looks awesome!

  6. Kat
    September 23, 2012 at 12:17 pm — Reply

    My kids would love this exhibit at Sea World. I’m hoping to get to Orlando in the next few months.

  7. amy tolley
    September 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    this is amazing….

  8. alisha
    September 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm — Reply

    we’ve been to disney world several times but never to sea world…we’ve gotta check this out!

  9. Anne
    September 21, 2012 at 11:32 am — Reply

    Looks awesome! Would love to win!

  10. kathyg
    September 21, 2012 at 8:58 am — Reply

    turtle trek looks amazing.. so glad there are new and exciting things happening at sea world orlando!

  11. Teh Doll
    September 21, 2012 at 8:53 am — Reply

    I love sea turtles … so interesting.. My kids would love this!
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  12. Pinky Sade
    September 20, 2012 at 1:14 am — Reply

    This is awesome! So much fun for the whole family and educational too!

  13. Lena - @elenka29
    September 19, 2012 at 11:56 am — Reply

    That just looks so amazing – absolutely love it and most of my family love aquariums

  14. Jennifer
    September 19, 2012 at 11:54 am — Reply

    How cool! I haven’t been to Sea World in forever…I’m sure my girls would love this exhibit!

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  16. Kelly D
    September 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    My kids would love this exhibit- It looks great & very educational.

  17. Wanda swafford
    September 18, 2012 at 9:51 am — Reply

    Awesome! Turtles are my favorite! Would love to check it out. 🙂

  18. September 18, 2012 at 9:04 am — Reply

    We had a hurt turtle here in the Chattanooga aquarium. They are such beautiful creatures, just so peaceful looking. I’d love to share the new turtle trek with my kids one day.

  19. Summer
    September 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm — Reply

    We have passes to Sea World and have yet to go to this, can’t wait till we get a chance to go.

  20. lisa
    September 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm — Reply

    This looks so amazing – and a great learning opportunity for the kids!

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