San Antonio, Texas’ SeaWorld houses four parks within 250 acres. The Great White roller coaster, featuring an eight-story drop, is located in the rides park. Entertainment at the show park includes dolphins, whales and pirates, but for a closer look at animals, visit the exhibit park in which animals such as penguins, flamingos and alligators are the stars. Round out the day at Lost Lagoon Waterpark’s wave pool, lazy river and splash rides. Among the many lodging options in San Antonio are three hotels offering free shuttles to SeaWorld.
Holiday Inn’s (holidayinn.com) complimentary shuttle delivers guests to any business within five miles, including SeaWorld just four miles away. The on-site casual dining restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. After exercising in the fitness center or indoor lap pool, guests can relax at the outdoor pool or whirlpool. All guest rooms have one king or two queen beds, complimentary wireless Internet access, and a microwave and refrigerator. Suites add a sleeper sofa.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Fairfield Inn & Suites (www.marriott.com) offers a free shuttle for the two-mile trip to SeaWorld. Guests start their day with a complimentary breakfast buffet and newspaper before taking advantage of the lending library, fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool, all located on the premises. Wireless Internet access is available at no charge. Each guest room has one king or two queen upgraded beds and a microwave and refrigerator.
Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa
In addition to a free shuttle providing transportation the one mile to SeaWorld, Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel and Spa (hilton.com) offers special packages including tickets to the park. Amenities include a fitness center, basketball court, playground and pool. Enjoy a spa treatment at the on-site spa. Guest rooms feature one king or two queen beds, upscale toiletries and complimentary wireless Internet access. Select rooms and all suites add a whirlpool tub.
Guests who hate lines should investigate Quick Queue Unlimited, which allows them to skip the wait on the park's most popular rides. The All-Day Dining Deal provides unlimited trips to the restaurants throughout the day for a one-time fee. Families are allowed to bring a small cooler into the park with baby food, single-serve snacks, bottled water and juice boxes, although straws must be removed. Fast food, picnic baskets and full meals are not allowed.