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Stingray Encounter at SeaWorld

This past weekend, the family and I headed to San Antonio to visit one of our favorite places in Texas — SeaWorld.  This was our first trip of the year and we were ALL excited.

The children didn’t know, but we had a special surprise in store for them.  SeaWorld’s new waterpark Aquatica offers Animal Encounters for people of all ages (even little ones that need to be held by mom or dad) and unbeknownst to my little ones, they were about to get REALLY close to the stingrays…all 150 of them.

stingray encounter at seaworld

My two boys absolutely LOVED feeding the stingrays.  As you can see above, it looks fairly frightening but if my little guy can do it, it can’t be all that bad.  My daughter who is the oldest was a bit more reserved and while she put her feet in the water, she wasn’t too excited about the stingrays getting close to her.

stingray encounter at seaworld

The Stingray Encounter at Aquatica is a rare up close encounter with the stingrays that is truly an unforgettable experience.  While you’re in the water with the stingrays, you’ll have the opportunity to feed and touch them.  The stingrays don’t understand personal space so be prepared to be politely nudged and sucked on by these curious little creatures.

stingray encounter at seaworld

The Stingray Encounter is incredibly fun and quite reasonably priced.  For only $25 you get to experience an up close encounter with the stingrays and take home a picture taken by a SeaWorld associate while you are enjoying the encounter.

And don’t worry, it’s totally safe.  The stingrays’ barbs (which is made up of a substance like our fingernails) is trimmed about every three months.  It doesn’t hurt the animals and everyone is kept safe while interacting together.

Have you ever touched a stingray? 

I am a SeaWorld Wildsider and was given complimentary season passes as well as complimentary admission into the Stingray Encounter.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    What an awesome adventure! My daughter would love something like that, she loves being up close and personal with all animals. You have a lovely family!

  2. 2

    Even though they remove the barbs, they still make me nervous. I usually reach my hand into the tank but then pull it back all wimpy-like.

  3. 3

    That is such a neat experience for kids, and it looks like your kids were having a blast. My family went to Sea World in Orlando last fall and really enjoyed it.

  4. 4

    How fun! I’ve always wanted to drive down to San Diego and visit the Sea World over there. We might actually get to do it this summer.

  5. 5

    Holy smokes, how cool is it that you can get into the water with them.

  6. 6

    This looks so fun. Noah would love this. He loves stingrays.

  7. 7

    No, I’d be too chicken to touch one! ~lol~

  8. 8

    I think I may have touched one at the Tennessee Aquarium, but I definitely have not been sucked on by one. Yikes! That is a good price, though.

  9. 9

    So much fun! They have them at the shark reef here. You can touch them, but not get in with them . That would be fun!

  10. 10

    So much fun! They have them at the shark reef here. You can touch them, but not get in with them . That would be fun!

  11. 11

    My daughter wouldn’t have gotten in that water for anything.

  12. 12

    My son has touched a stingray (briefly) at the TN Aquarium, but to be able to get into the water… my son would flip! 🙂 Great pics!

  13. 13

    What a super fun family trip!! Thank you for sharing your memories with us. 🙂

  14. 14

    How cool! I would love to visit Sea World!

  15. 15

    When I think of stingrays, I think of Steve Urwin, so of course I would naturally be nervous. I’m sure I would gather the courage to have some fun and put on a brave face so my kids could too!

  16. 16

    I would LOVE to do this with my son in September when we go!

  17. 17

    I have touched a stingray — actually, it was a few years ago at SeaWorld!

  18. 18

    That ray tank is way better than the one at our local aquarium!

  19. 19

    So fun! We fed them when we were at Sea World in Orlando last week.

  20. 20

    I think this is so cool. I went to string-ray city in the Caribbean and had a blast.

  21. 21

    Looks like they had such a great time 🙂

  22. 22

    Looks like so much fun!

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