#1: You can get close to the animals
Your family can get up close and personal with the animals, from walking next to flamingos on parade to feeding dolphins, sea lions, and stingrays. But what's really neat about the park is that it offers a variety of Animal Connections programs, where kids can dive with the sharks (in a cage, of course!), interact with white beluga whales, or become a marine-mammal keeper for the day and help care for manatees, dolphins, and other sea life. These programs are a bit pricey (they start at $150), but your kids will be talking about the experience for years. Just make sure you sign up in advance.