May 26

Travel Tips for Central Florida Memorial Day Weekend

by Staff

According to AAA, more than 31 million Americans are expected to travel Memorial Day Weekend. And many are headed to Central Florida. With that in mind, it's only fitting to share some basic travel tips to make the most of your vacation.

1) Plan ahead
Visit seaworld.com or buschgardens.com to map out your favorite rides, look up show times and plan your day. Make sure everyone plays a role in the planning by encouraging family members to pick their top 3-5 things they want to experience.

2) Save time and money by purchasing theme park tickets online ahead of time at SeaWorldCares.com.

3) Don't try to tackle too much in a day.
A visit to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens is a full-day experience, but don't feel like you have to stay all day, especially if you have little ones in tow. Multi-day park tickets offer families the flexibility of unlimited admission throughout your vacation.

4) Beat the crowds.
The early bird doesn't get just the worm; they get good seats too! Plan to arrive early at shows not only for the seats, but to catch fabulous pre-shows. At dining locations, plan to eat during off-peak times, especially during show performances, and you'll be in and out in no time.

5) Beat the heat.
Temperatures can get quite high in Central Florida - especially in the middle of the day. Plan to do these "cooler things" at each park when it gets too hot:

Journey to Atlantis

SeaWorld -- get splashed by 55-degree water at the Believe show, take a splash down Journey to Atlantis, check out the animals from the North Pole at Wild Arctic or get wet at Shamu's Happy Harbor splash pad.

Jungala Water Play Area

Busch Gardens -- choose to go indoors for spectacular shows: Sesame Street Presents “Lights, Camera, Imagination!”and KaTonga: Musical Tales From the Jungle; get drenched on Congo River Rapids and Tanganyika Tidal Wave, or splash around in the water play area at Jungala.