A marine park is a park consisting of an area of sea; however it is sometimes a lake, protected for recreational use, but more importantly to preserve a specific habitat and to ensure the ecosystem is sustained for the organisms that exist there. The largest marine park is the Great Barrier Reeg Marine Park in Australia, at a whopping 350,000 square kilometers. Parks are not necessarily public entities; however some companies wish to open their doors to share the park’s wonders with visitors. These parks are mostly comprised in hot tropic areas, perfect for vacation trips.
The average cost of a marine park is around 40 dollars, while most are under that, there are some parks that are extremely expensive. For instance, SeaWorld is one of the most expensive marine parks in the world, however the Sea Life Park Hawaii is both affordable and worth going to.
While most “rides” in a marine park do not exist, except for those of SeaWorld, all marine parks share a common love for exhibits. Marine exhibits are similar to zoos for aquatic life. There are tanked animals that are being maintained and taken care of, with public access for viewing. These animals vary from sea lions, to penguins, dolphins, and even killer whales in some instances.
Operating season for marine parks work differently due to the fact that the parks are located in warm climates. Therefore, most marine parks are open year round. This hardly changes, the only time a park would close is if they are having a particularly hard winter, or the cost of operating exceeds the revenue (as with some of the fall months).
Marine parks are aquatic escapes for people who love zoos but want a little twist to them. They are almost always located in warm climates which is ironic, due to the fact that most of the animals are found in colder weather (Penguins for instance). Marine parks like SeaWorld also include actual rides and attractions such as roller coasters and water rides, aspects of many amusement parks.