The Top 3 Aquariums to Visit on Your Next Vacation
Turn your next vacation into an Aquatic Adventure! Explore coral reefs, watch divers maneuver amidst sharks, rays and exotic marine life, catch live shows with dancing mermaids and be amazed by the mysteries of the oceanic world – all at the Aquarium. Don’t miss out! While visiting these top spots, be sure to stop by these famous aquariums that are well worth a trip!
Aquarium: Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach (2.6 miles from the resort)
Closest Resort: Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort
Best Experiences: Dangerous Reef, Dive with Sharks, Stingray Experience, Sleep with the Sharks, Ray Bay Dive, Rainbow Rock Dive, Mermaid Show, Shark Feeding, Jellyfish Feeding, Behind the Scenes Tours Time to spend: 2 hours – half day
Tip: Great alterative to the beach. Located in the Broadway at the Beach complex and surrounded by lakes, shops and plenty of restaurants.
Aquarium: SeaLife Orlando (up to 10 miles from the resorts)
Closest Resorts: Westgate Blue Tree Resort, Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa, Westgate Leisure Resort, Westgate Towers Resort, Westgate Vacation Villas Resort & Spa, Westgate Town Center Resort & Spa, Westgate Palace Resort
Best Experience: Stingray Bay, Rainforest Adventure, 50 aquariums and 6 sanctuaries, Interactive Rock Pools, Turtle Fest, Behind the Scenes Tours, Aquarium Talks & Feeds
Time to spend: 90 minutes
Tip: Great family attraction. Food not allowed but aquarium is located in close proximity to food eateries.
Aquarium: SeaWorld®, Orlando (up to 9.6 miles from the resorts)
Best Experiences: Mako™, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins®, Manta®, Journey to Atlantis®
Wild Arctic® Ride, Pets Ahoy®, One Ocean®, Manta® Aquarium, Shamu® Underwater Viewing
Time to Spend: 8 hours
Tip: During severe weather, the park may close outdoor attractions temporarily but there are plenty of indoor alternatives to keep the fun going.
Aquarium: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Closest Resort: Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa
Best Experience: Tropical Rainforest, Shark Lagoon, Ocean Realm, Penguin Playhouse, Coral Reef, Discovery Center, Stingray Bay, Splash with the Stingrays, Gallery of the Seas, Touch a Ray Bay
Time to Spend: 2 hours or more
Tip: Tickets are good for one year from the date of purchase