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Notable Recognitions

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

2006: "Manatee Hero Award" by the Save the Manatee Club

2005: "50 Best Employers for People Over 50" by AARP

2002: "1st Place Behavior of the Year and People's Choice" by IMATA

1994: "Presidential Point of Light" by former President George H.W. Bush

1994: “Best Behavior Award" by IMATA and "People's Choice Award" by IMATA

SeaWorld San Antonio

2017: Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster rated among top 5 best new rides of 2017 by Amusement Today

2016: “The Pet Rock of Gibraltar Award” for continuous support in helping San Antonio become a no-kill city. 

2015-2016: "#4 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today

2015: DiversityFIRST Award: Best Practices by Greater San Antonio

2015: Lifesaving Award for the Professional Responder by the American Red Cross

2015: “Best Attraction 2015” by Texas Travel Industry Association and “Best Theme Park in Texas 2015” by Yahoo Travel

2014: Amusement Today, Golden Ticket Stranded Animal Award

2013: “Lifesaving Award for the Professional Responder” by the American Red Cross

2012-2013: "#3 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today

2012: “Large Employer of the Year Award: 22nd Annual Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Celebration” by San Antonio Independent Living Services

2012: “Achievement Award for Dedication and Service to Nature Tourism in Texas” by Texas Nature Tourism Council

2010: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Award

2010: “Air Quality Stewardship Award” by the Alamo Area Council of Government

2009: “Going Green Award for Conservation” by San Antonio Business Journal

2008: “Water Saving Pioneer Award” by San Antonio Water System

2007: "Outstanding Achievement Live Production" by Themed Entertainment Association

2006-2011: #2 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today

2006-2008: "Occupational Excellence Achievement Award" and "Million Work Hours Award" by National Safety Council

2006: “Big E Award: Best Overall Production Budget of $1,000,001 or more” by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions

2001: “Handicapped-Access Award” by Disability Assistance of Central Texas

2000, 2004, 2005: "Environmental Excellence Award" by The San Antonio Water System

1999:"Brass Ring Award: Best of Show Broadcast Categories – Television Commercial” by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions

1998 & 1990: United Way Pacesetter Award; United Way of San Antonio Bexar County

Aquatica San Antonio

2016: #24 “Top U.S. Amusement Parks & Water Parks 2016” by TripAdvisor Travelers Choice)

2015: #6 “Top 10 Best Outdoor Waterparks in the U.S. 2015” by USA Today

2012 & 2013: “Wave Review Award” by World Waterpark Association

2012: Walhalla Wave®"#10 Most Extreme Water Slides in the World" by Travel Channel

SeaWorld San Diego 

2017: Electric Ocean: IAAPA Brass Ring Award for most creative event

2012-2016:"#2 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today

2012: Manta®: "Publisher's Pick: Turnstile Award" by Amusement Today

2012: "North American Conservation Award for Light-Footed Clapper Rail Recovery" by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums

2011: "#4 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today

2010: Veterinary Lab, "Animal Welfare Advancement Award" by Animal Behavior Management Alliance
"Testing the Limits Award" by American Society for Clinical Pathology

2009: "Plume Award for Noteworthy Achievement in Avian Husbandry" by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums

2008: "Exhibit of the Year" by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums

2008: "Classic Award" by Themed Entertainment Association

2007: "1st Place People's Choice Award" by IMATA

2007:"Outstanding Achievement Live Production" by Themed Entertainment Association

2006-2010: "#3 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today

2006: “Big E Award: Best Overall Production Budget of $1,000,001 or more” by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions

2004: "Real Heroes" by the Red Cross

2004, 2011: “Director’s Award: Waste Reduction & Recycling Awards Program” by The City of San Diego

2002: "Behavior of the Year (Crowned Cranes)" by the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators

1997: "WRAP Award of the Year for Recycling and Waste Reduction Efforts" by The California Integrated Waste Management Board

1997-2000, 2002-2003, 2006-2010, 2012-2016: "Recycler of the Year" by The City of San Diego

1994-2003: "Waste Reduction Awards Program Award (WRAP)" by The California Integrated Waste Management Board

1992, 2004: "Edward H. Bean Award–Significant Achievement Award" by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums

SeaWorld Orlando

2017: Top 10 Amusement Park in the US and Top 15 Amusement Park in the World by Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards

2015: Mako, "Best New Theme Park Attraction" and "Best New Roller Coaster" by Theme Park Insider

2012: The Longshoremen in Bubble Trouble, "Brass Ring Award: Best Atmosphere/Street Show Performance/Act" by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions

2012: SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration®, "Best Christmas Event" by Behind the Thrills

2009: Manta, "Best New Attraction" by the National Amusement Park Historical Association

2006-2016: "#1 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today

2006: “Big E Award: Best Overall Production Budget of $1,000,001 or more” by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions

2003: "Behavior of the Year and People's Choice" by Animal Behavior Management Alliance

2003: "Trainer's Choice Award" by Animal Behavior Management Alliance

2003: “Manatee Conservation Award" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2001: "Outstanding Philanthropic Organization" by Association of Fundraising Professionals

1999: Journey to Atlantis®, "Outstanding Achievement Attraction" by Themed Entertainment Association 

1996: "Edward H. Bean Award–Significant Achievement Award" by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums

1994: Manatee Rescue®; 1996: Wild Arctic®, "Best New Zoological Exhibit in the Country" by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Aquatica Orlando

2016: “World’s 18 Best Water Parks 2016” by Fodor’s Travel

2016: #3 “Top U.S. Amusement Parks & Water Parks 2016” by TripAdvisor Travelers Choice)

2016: #11 “Top 25 Water Parks in the World 2016” by TripAdvisor Travelers Choice

2015: “#1 Top U.S. Amusement Parks and Water Parks 2015” by Travel Channel

2015: #4 “Top 10 Best Outdoor Waterparks in the U.S. 2015” by USA Today

2012: Walhalla Wave, “Most Extreme Water Slides in the World 2012” by Travel Channel

2012: "Waterpark of the Year" by Behind the Thrills

2009: "Industry Leadership Award in Waterparks" by World Waterpark Association

2008: "Industry Innovation Award" by World Waterpark Association

Discovery Cove

2013: "#4 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today

2013, 2014, 2015-2017: "#1 and #2 Amusement Park or Water Park in the World" by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice

2011, 2014-2016: "#3 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today

2001: "Outstanding Achievement Marine Park" by Themed Entertainment Association

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

2017: InvadR: Rated among top 5 best new rides of 2017 by Amusement Today

2015: Tempesto, “#10 Best Amusement Park Rides 2015” by Travel Channel

2014: Apollo's Chariot®, "#7 Top 10 Steel Roller Coasters" by Amusement Today

2012: "Best Food Destination" by Behind the Thrills

2012: Verbolten®"#4 Best New Ride-Amusement Park" by Amusement Today

2011 – 2012: "Champions of Disability Employment" by Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services

2010: "Peninsula Clean Business Award" by James City

2009: "#2 Favorite Theme Park" by the National Amusement Park Historical Association

2008: "#3 Favorite Theme Park" by the National Amusement Park Historical Association

2006-2007: "Best Theme Park" by Theme Park Insider

2005: "Industry Leader Award for Remarkable Safety Performance" by National Safety Council for Water Country USA®

1998-2016: "Best Landscaping" by Amusement Today

1992-2012: "Excellent Achievement in Recycling" by James City County and York County

1990-2018: "World's Most Beautiful Amusement Park" by the National Amusement Park Historical Association

Water Country USA

2016: “Ten Best Water Parks to Visit 2016” by Fodor’s Travel

2016: “World’s 18 Best Water Parks 2016” by Fodor’s Travel

2016: #7 “Top U.S. Amusement Parks & Water Parks 2016” by TripAdvisor Travelers Choice)

2016: #22 “Top 25 Water Parks in the World 2016” by TripAdvisor Travelers Choice

2015: “Top U.S. Water Parks 2015” by Travel Channel

2015: #8 “Top 10 Best Outdoor Waterparks in the U.S. 2015” by USA Today

2011: "#2 Best New Ride-Waterpark" by Amusement Today

Busch Gardens Tampa

2016: Liseberg Applause Award

2016: “Environmental Sustainability Award: Private Recycling” by Recycle Florida Today

2016: “Ten Best Amusement Parks to Visit in 2016” by Fodor’s Travel

2012: Iceploration®"Brass Ring Award: Best Sports Show Production and Heartbeat Award for Entertainment Excellence" by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions

2011: Cheetah Hunt®"#2 Best New Ride-Amusement Park" by Amusement Today

2011: Adventure Island’s Vanish Point®, "#2 Best New Ride-Waterpark" by Amusement Today

2009: Jungala® "Outstanding Achievement Attraction" by Themed Entertainment Association

2008: "Earth Charter Sustainable Business Award" by Earth Charter Sustainable Business Coalition

2008: "Recognizing an Environmental Leader Clean Air Award" by The Tampa Bay Clean Air Partnership

Sesame Place

2018: First theme park in the world to be designated as a Certified Autism Center by International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES)

2012: "Vincent N. Mariniello Award" by Variety-The Children's Charity

2009:"Groundwater Guardian Green Site Award" by Groundwater Guardian

2004: Industry Leader Award for Remarkable Safety Performance" by National Safety Council