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A family looking through the glass in the underwater viewing gallery of Polar Play Zone is visited by a curious dolphin.

Polar Play Zone

In Polar Play Zone, little ones can waddle like penguins in the Icy South play area. From there, head to the Icy North to explore Arctic waters in a kid-sized submarine. You’ll learn about polar opposites — big and small, fast and slow, shallow and deep, even north and south — while you play.

  • A guest gently touches the rough, prickly surface of a sea star in sea star touch.


    Dip your hand into the cool water of our sea star touch pooland discover for yourself the variety and textures of sea stars.

  • A dolphin peers through an underwater window at the viewer.


    Watch dolphins swim and see camouflage in action! Gray-and-white bodies help them blend into bright sky from below and darker waters from above.

  • A girl in a penguin costume goes down the slide in the Penguin Playscape area of Polar Play Zone.


    Whether they’re exploring Arctic waters in a kid-sized submarine or pretending to be penguins, kids have fun as they learn about polar opposites.

A Rockhopper penguin chick's first swim