The 4th of July holiday may be gone but SeaWorld Orlando is keeping the after-dark fun alive with Summer Nights, continuing nightly through August 11. Enhancing the evening with fireworks and spotlighting the new Antarctica realm, nighttime is the best time to visit the park.
Under the bright light of the recent “super moon,” we explored SeaWorld Orlando as Summer Nights kicked off a couple weeks ago, making it a priority to revisit Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, having previously spent several hours photographing its shimmering and shining ice at night.
Even the penguins inside their new habitat take in the Summer Nights fun with dimmed lighting mirroring their real-world Antarctica home.
Elsewhere in the park, Summer Nights continues with Shamu Rocks, the killer whale show that adds more flash (and more splash), combining animal antics with a light show, water fountain display, live music and, new this year, concluding with a few bursts of colorful fireworks over the stadium. It’s not a long fireworks show, but it does add some extra flair to an otherwise fun show.
SeaWorld also offers Sea Lions Tonite, a variation on the show that features sea lions, otters and walrus in a parody of other favorite daytime SeaWorld shows and attractions.
And guests can party on the way out as Shamu & Friends dance the night away at the Village Square located at the front of the park, beginning one hour prior to the park closing and continuing 30 minutes after jazzing up the area with dance music, bright lighting, bubbles, stilt walkers, and characters.
More photos from Summer Nights at SeaWorld Orlando: