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Spanning a 250-acre site, SeaWorld San Antonio offers the chain's usual mix of world-class marine life exhibits and traditional theme park attractions. It boasts major roller coasters (The Great White and Steel Eel, and the new Texas Stingray, a giant wooden coaster), two water rides (Rio Loco and Journey to Atlantis) and a handful of children's rides in the Sesame Street Bay of Play area. Seaworld's animals, which include dolphins and whales, are a major attraction. Seaworld offers a wide range of interactive animal experiences, available for an additional upcharge. Next door to Seaworld is Aquatica, Seaworld's water park. It offers water slides, wave pools and also animal exhibits ranging from stingrays to tropical birds.
A SeaWorld San Antonio admission ticket includes rides, shows, and attractions in Seaworld. To include Aquatica, Seaworld's Waterpark you will need a SeaWorld + Aquatica ticket or Pass. If you already have SeaWorld admission, you may upgrade at the park to include Aquatica. A ticket for Aquatica includes all attractions at Aquatica and can be upgraded to include Seaworld.
SeaWorld San Antonio was the most recent of the three SeaWorld parks that are still operating to open, in 1988. Just a year after its debut, it was sold to the Anheuser-Busch brewery company, which also owned the Busch Gardens parks. It is the largest park in the chain, and was the first to start installing major roller coasters, with The Great White in 1997. The new emphasis on thrill rides continued with the additions of Steel Eel (1999) and Journey to Atlantis (2007), and the park was sold once again to the Blackstone Group in 2009. Aquatica, the water park opened on May 19, 2012 and is adjacent to SeaWorld San Antonio.