Industry Recognition

  • "#1 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today 
    • 2006-2016, SeaWorld® Orlando
  • "#2 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today 
    • 2006-2011, SeaWorld San Antonio
    • 2012-2016, SeaWorld San Diego
  • "#3 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today 
    • 2006-2010, SeaWorld San Diego
    • 2011, 2014-2016 Discovery Cove®
    • 2012-2013, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • "#4 Best Marine Life Park" by Amusement Today 
    • 2011, SeaWorld San Diego
    • 2013, Discovery Cove
    • 2015-2016, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • "#7 Top 10 Steel Roller Coasters" by Amusement Today 
    • 2014, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Apollo's Chariot®
  • "#2 Best New Ride-Amusement Park" by Amusement Today 
    • 2011, Busch Gardens Tampa, Cheetah Hunt®
  • "#2 Best New Ride-Waterpark" by Amusement Today 
    • 2011, Water Country USA®, Vanish Point®
  • "#4 Best New Ride-Amusement Park" by Amusement Today 
    • 2012, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Verbolten®
  • "Publisher's Pick: Turnstile Award" by Amusement Today 
    • 2012, SeaWorld San Diego, Manta®
  • "Best Landscaping" by Amusement Today  
    • 1998-2016, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • "Best Christmas Event" by Behind the Thrills 
    • 2012, SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration®
  • "Best Food Destination" by Behind the Thrills 
    • 2012, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • “World’s 18 Best Water Parks 2016” by Fodor’s Travel
    • Aquatica Orlando
    • Water Country USA® 
  • “Ten Best Water Parks to Visit 2016” by Fodor’s Travel
    • Water Country USA
    • Aquatica Orlando
  • “Ten Best Amusement Parks to Visit in 2016” by Fodor’s Travel
    • Busch Gardens Tampa
  • “Top U.S. Water Parks 2015” by Travel Channel
    • Water Country USA
  • “#1 Top U.S. Amusement Parks and Water Parks 2015” by Travel Channel
    • Aquatica Orlando
  • “Most Extreme Water Slides in the World 2012” by Travel Channel
    • Aquatica Orlando’s Walhalla Wave
  • “#10 Best Amusement Park Rides 2015” by Travel Channel
    • Tempesto at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • "#1 and #2 Amusement Park or Water Park in the World" by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice  
    • 2013, 2014, 2015 Discovery Cove
  • “Top U.S. Amusement Parks & Water Parks 2016” by TripAdvisor Travelers Choice)
    • #3 Aquatica Orlando
    • # 7 Water Country USA
    • #24 Aquatica San Antonio
  • “Top 25 Water Parks in the World 2016” by TripAdvisor Travelers Choice
    • # 11 Aquatica Orlando
    • # 22 Water Country USA 
  • “ Top 10 Best Outdoor Waterparks in the U.S. 2015” by USA Today
    • #4 Aquatica Orlando
    • #6 Aquatica San Antonio
    • #8 Water Country USA
  • "Waterpark of the Year" by Behind the Thrills 
    • 2012, Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark™ Orlando
  • "Brass Ring Award: Best Atmosphere/Street Show Performance/Act" by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions 
    • 2012, SeaWorld Orlando, The Longshoremen in Bubble Trouble
  • "Brass Ring Award: Best Sports Show Production" by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions 
    • 2012, Busch Gardens Tampa, Iceploration®
  • "Brass Ring Award: Heartbeat Award for Entertainment Excellence" by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions 
    • 2012, Busch Gardens Tampa, Iceploration®
  • "Brass Ring Award: Best of Show Broadcast Categories – Television Commercial” by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions 
    • 1999, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • “Big E Award: Best Overall Production Budget of $1,000,001 or more” by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions 
    • 2006, SeaWorld San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio, Believe
  • "World's Most Beautiful Amusement Park" by the National Amusement Park Historical Association 
    • 1990-2015, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • "Best New Attraction" by the National Amusement Park Historical Association 
    • 2009, SeaWorld Orlando, Manta
  • "#2 Favorite Theme Park" by the National Amusement Park Historical Association 
    • 2009, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • "#3 Favorite Theme Park" by the National Amusement Park Historical Association 
    • 2008, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • "Best Theme Park" by Theme Park Insider 
    • 2006-2007, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • "Best New Theme Park Attraction" by Theme Park Insider 
    • "Best New Roller Coaster" by Theme Park Insider
    • 2015, SeaWorld Orlando, Mako
  • "Outstanding Achievement Attraction" by Themed Entertainment Association 
    • 1999, SeaWorld Orlando, Journey to Atlantis®
    • 2009, Busch Gardens Tampa, Jungala®
  • "Classic Award" by Themed Entertainment Association 
    • 2008, SeaWorld San Diego
  • "Outstanding Achievement Live Production" by Themed Entertainment Association 
    • 2007, All SeaWorld Parks, Believe®
  • "Outstanding Achievement Marine Park" by Themed Entertainment Association 
    • 2001, Discovery Cove
  • "#10 Most Extreme Water Slides in the World" by Travel Channel 
    • 2012, Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark San Antonio, Walhalla Wave®
  • “Wave Review Award” by World Waterpark Association
    • 2013, Aquatica San Antonio
  • “Wave Review Award” by World Waterpark Association
    • 2012, Aquatica San Antonio
  • "Industry Leadership Award in Waterparks" by World Waterpark Association 
    • 2009, Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark Orlando
  • "Industry Innovation Award" by World Waterpark Association 
    • 2008, Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark Orlando
  • “Best Attraction 2015” by Texas Travel Industry Association
    • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • “Best Theme Park in Texas 2015” by Yahoo Travel
    • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • “DiversityFIRST Award: Best Practices” by Greater San Antonio
    • 2015, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • “Lifesaving Award for the Professional Responder” by the American Red Cross
    • 2015, Lise Collins, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • “Lifesaving Award for the Professional Responder” by the American Red Cross 
    • 2013, Ethan Cantrell, Andrea Gerner, Bryan Gonzales, Anna Larson, Moses Uviedo, Nicholas Wells, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • “Large Employer of the Year Award: 22nd Annual Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Celebration” by San Antonio Independent Living Services
    • 2012, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Award 
    • 2010, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • "50 Best Employers for People Over 50" by AARP 
    • 2005, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™

  • "Outstanding Philanthropic Organization" by Association of Fundraising Professionals 
    • 2001, SeaWorld® Orlando and Discovery Cove®
  • "Occupational Excellence Achievement Award" by National Safety Council 
    • 2006-2008, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • "Million Work Hours Award" by National Safety Council 
    • 2006-2008, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • "Industry Leader Award for Remarkable Safety Performance" by National Safety Council 
    • 2004, Sesame Place®
    • 2005, Water Country USA®
  • "Real Heroes" by the Red Cross 
    • 2004, SeaWorld San Diego
  • “Handicapped-Access Award” by Disability Assistance of Central Texas
    • 2001, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • "Vincent N. Mariniello Award" by Variety-The Children's Charity 
    • 2012, Sesame Place
  • "Champions of Disability Employment" by Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services 
    • 2011-2012, Busch Gardens® Williamsburg & Water Country USA
    • 1998:  United Way Pacesetter Award; United Way of San Antonio Bexar County
    • 1990:  United Way Pacesetter Award; United Way of San Antonio Bexar County
  • “Air Quality Stewardship Award” by the Alamo Area Council of Government 
    • 2010, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • “Water Saving Pioneer Award” by San Antonio Water System
    • 2008, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • “Going Green Award for Conservation” by San Antonio Business Journal
    • 2009, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • “Achievement Award for Dedication and Service to Nature Tourism in Texas” by Texas Nature Tourism Council 
    • 2012, SeaWorld San Antonio 
  • “Recycler of the Year” by The City of San Diego
    • 1994-2003, SeaWorld San Diego
    • 2006-2010, SeaWorld San Diego
    • 2012-2016, SeaWorld San Diego
  • “Environmental Sustainability Award: Private Recycling” by Recycle Florida Today 
    • 2016, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 
  • “Director’s Award: Waste Reduction & Recycling Awards Program” by The City of San Diego
    • 2004, SeaWorld San Diego
    • 2011, SeaWorld San Diego
  • "Groundwater Guardian Green Site Award" by Groundwater Guardian 
    • 2009, Sesame Place®

  • "Excellent Achievement in Recycling" by James City County and York County
    • 1992-2012, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA
  • "Peninsula Clean Business Award" by James City 
    • 2010, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  • "Going Green Award for Conservation" by San Antonio Business Journal
    • 2009, SeaWorld® San Antonio

  • "Earth Charter Sustainable Business Award" by Earth Charter Sustainable Business Coalition 
    • 2008, Busch Gardens Tampa
  • "Air Quality Stewardship Award" by The Alamo Area Council of Government 
    • 2010, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • "Waste Reduction Awards Program Award (WRAP)" by The California Integrated Waste Management Board 
    • 1994-2003, SeaWorld San Diego
  • "WRAP Award of the Year for Recycling and Waste Reduction Efforts" by The California Integrated Waste Management Board 
    • 1997, SeaWorld San Diego
  • "Recycler of the Year" by The City of San Diego 
    • 1997-2000, SeaWorld San Diego
    • 2002-2003, SeaWorld San Diego
    • 2006-2010, SeaWorld San Diego
    • 2012, SeaWorld San Diego
  • "Director's Award Recipient" by The City of San Diego Reduction & Recycling Awards Program 
    • 2004, SeaWorld San Diego
    • 2011, SeaWorld San Diego
  • "Environmental Excellence Award" by The San Antonio Water System 
    • 2000, 2004, 2005, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • "WaterSaver Pioneer Award" by The San Antonio Water System 
    • 2008, SeaWorld San Antonio
  • "Recognizing an Environmental Leader Clean Air Award" by The Tampa Bay Clean Air Partnership 
    • 2008, Busch Gardens Tampa

SWSA Zoological – October 2014: Amusement Today, Golden Ticket Stranded Animal Award

2016:  (August) San Antonio Area Foundation awarded SeaWorld San Antonio with “The Pet Rock of Gibraltar Award” for our continuous support in helping San Antonio become a no-kill city.  Our Pet’s Ahoy show, Happy Tails program and our ongoing efforts to help the Talk About It! campaign were mentioned as reasons we were given this award. No other corporations were mentioned during this award luncheon. 

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

  • 2003, SeaWorld® Orlando

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

  • 2003, SeaWorld Orlando

"Training Achievement Award" by Animal Behavior Management Alliance 

  • 2003, SeaWorld Orlando

"Animal Welfare Advancement Award" by Animal Behavior Management Alliance 

  • 2010, SeaWorld San Diego Veterinary Lab

"Testing the Limits Award" by American Society for Clinical Pathology 

  • 2012, SeaWorld San Diego Veterinary Lab

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

  • 2012, SeaWorld San Diego

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

  • 1992, SeaWorld San Diego (Birth of a Black-Tipped Shark)
  • 1996, SeaWorld Orlando, San Diego, Florida and Ohio (Elasmobranch Breeding Program)
  • 2004, SeaWorld San Diego (Green Sea Turtle Management)

"Best New Zoological Exhibit in the Country" by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums 

  • 1994, SeaWorld Orlando, Manatee Rescue®

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

  • 1996, SeaWorld Orlando, Wild Arctic®

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

  • 2008, SeaWorld San Diego

"Edward H. Bean Award–Top Honors" by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums 

  • 2009, SeaWorld San Diego

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

  • 1990, SeaWorld research biologist Dr. Daniel Odell

"Best Behavior Award" by IMATA 

  • 1994, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™

"People's Choice Award" by IMATA 

  • 1994, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

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

  • 2002, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

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

  • 2007, SeaWorld San Diego

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

  • 2002, SeaWorld San Diego

"Manatee Hero Award" by the Save the Manatee Club 

  • 2006, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

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

  • 2003, SeaWorld Orlando

"Award for Education/Conservation" by the International Marine Mammal Trainers Association 

  • 1994, SeaWorld® 

"Teacher's Choice Awards" by Learning 

  • 2004, Shamu's Seas Song Sing Along and Funbook
  • 2004, This is a Dolphin
  • 2004, Shamu TV: Saving a Species: The Rhino Story
  • 2004, Wild Careers: Working with Animals

"12-Time Outstanding Partner in Education" by Orange County Public Schools 

  • 2010, SeaWorld Orlando

"Telly Award" by Recognition Media 

  • 2000, Shamu TV: Myth, Monster, or Misunderstood

"Best Day Camp" by Tampa Bay Business Journal 

  • 2012, Busch Gardens Tampa, Day Camp

"Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children/Youth/Family Special" by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 

  • 2007, Shamu TV: Saving a Species: The Great Penguin Race

"Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement/Children's Programming" by Region 

  • 1996, Shamu TV: Habitat is Home
  • 1997, Shamu TV: Awesome Animal Companions
  • 1998, Shamu TV: Whale Tales
  • 2000, Shamu TV: Predator Alert
  • 2000, Shamu TV: On the Brink of Extinct

"Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement/Feature Segment" by Region 

  • 1996, Shamu TV: Humpback Whales in Maui

"Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement/Educational Programming" by Region 

  • 1994, Shamu TV: Discovering Ocean Olympians
  • 1995, Shamu TV: Rescue and Reabilitation

"Florida's Governor's EnvironmentalEducation Award" by the State of Florida 

  • 1995, Shamu TV