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Taumata Racer® Image: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

Taumata Racer® Image: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

Taumata Racer® Image: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark is set to make a splash for a second season with a combination of high-speed thrills, a relaxing beachside resort atmosphere, up-close animal encounters, and a brand new high-speed racing water slide called Taumata Racer®.

Aquatica San Diego, located near SeaWorld® in Chula Vista, Calif., kicks off its second season May 24, 2014, is open daily for the summer, and then weekends only after Labor Day.

Aquatica San Diego truly has something for everyone. Feeling kind of adventurous? The new Taumata Racer high-speed racing water slide (set to debut May 24) will zoom riders down a 375-foot slide, around a 180-degree swooping turn, and in and out of tunnels before racing them across a finish line. Animal lovers will delight in seeing Caribbean flamingos (near Loggerhead Lane) and freshwater turtles (near Big Surf Shores) at Aquatica. For the lazier (ahem, more laid-back) types, a leisurely float down Loggerhead Lane is just what the doctor ordered (plus you get a peek at the flamingos as you float by their habitat).

Flamingo Exhibit Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

Flamingo Exhibit Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

But that’s not all this whimsical and wonderful waterpark has to offer. Among dozens of other slides and attractions is Big Surf Shores, one of the largest wave pools in Southern California, with more than 500,000 gallons of water to take a swim in and a huge sandy beach for basking in the sun; HooRoo Run®, with a choice of two enclosed and two open-air slides that take riders down an 80-foot descent; and Tassie’s Twister, which plunges down a 75-foot water slide in a multi-person raft through thousands of gallons of swirling water before dropping into a six-story funnel.

For the little ones, there are several options: Walkabout Waters, a four-story interactive and colorful outdoor attraction featuring loads of hands-on fun with slides, hoses, jets, geysers and more; Kata’s Kookaburra Cove®, a children’s free-swim area; and Slippity Dippity®, with kid-sized slides and plenty of room to splash the day away.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Aquatica’s culinary treats are as tasty and creative as the waterslides are fast and fun: Fried chicken and funnel cake drizzled with maple syrup can be found at Big Surf Snacks; carnitas tacos topped with cilantro slaw and crema are a great choice at Waterstone Grill; and refreshing beer selections (Karl Strauss, Shock Top and Bud Light Lime to name a few) are available at Rockwater Oasis. Aquatica also features more traditional theme park foods, such as burgers, pizza and French fries.

Tassie's Twister Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

Tassie's Twister Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

Aquatica is located at 2052 Entertainment Circle in Chula Vista, Calif. Operational dates for 2014 are daily May 24 to Sept. 1; Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 6 to 28. Parking is $15. Single-day admission is $40 for ages 10 and older; $34 for ages 3–9. The Aquatica Splash Pass (quantities limited) is the same price as single-day admission. Memberships for both SeaWorld San Diego and Aquatica San Diego are available and start at $205. For more information visit www.AquaticaSanDiego.com or call (800) 257-4268.

Information supplied by Aquatica SeaWorld and correct at time of publication, March 2014

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